Dell XPS 13 Plus vs Dell XPS 13 9315 (2022)

31st August 2022
Dell XPS 13 Plus Vs Dell XPS 13 9315

Welcome to Next Gen!, The Dell XPS Line up this year is fierce. With every model recieving a 12th Gen Intel chip and there being 3 Dell XPS 13 to choose from. But all we want to know is which device is better? The Dell XPS 13 Plus or The DELL XPS 13.

There are a few similarities between these devices, but the differences are massive. From the aesthetics, to the performance. Join us as we take a deeper dive.

Dell XPS 13 Plus vs Dell XPS 13 9315 (2022): Comparison

Dell XPS 13 Plus (2022)Dell XPS 13 9315 (2022)
CPU– 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1240P with 12-Core, 16-Thread, 4.4GHz, and 12MB Cache.
– 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P with 12-Core, 16-Thread, 4.7GHz, and 18MB Cache.
– 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1230U with 10-Core, 12-Thread, 4.4GHz, and 12MB Cache.
– 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1250U with 10-Core, 12-Thread, 4,7GHz, and 12MB Cache.
Graphics– Intel Iris Xe– Intel Iris Xe
Storage– 256GB PCIe 4 SSD
– 512GB PCIe 4 SSD
– 1TB PCIe 4 SSD
– 2TB PCIe 4 SSD
– 256GB PCIe 4 SSD
– 512GB PCIe 4 SSD
– 1TB PCIe 4 SSD
– 16GB LPDDR5 5200 MHz RAM
– 32GB LPDDR5 5200 MHz RAM
– 8GB LPDDR5 5200 MHz RAM
– 16GB LPDDR5 5200 MHz RAM
– 32GB LPDDR5 5200 MHz RAM
Display– 13.4 Inch FHD+ (1920×1200) InfinityEdge non-touch, 500-nit.
– 13.4 Inch FHD+ (1920×1200) InfinityEdge Touch, 500-nit.
– 13.4 Inch FHD+ (3840×2400) InfinityEdge Touch, 500-nit.
– 13.4 Inch FHD+ (3840×2400) InfinityEdge OLED touch, HDR500, 400-nit, 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut, Anti-reflective.
– 13.4 Inch FHD+ (1920×1200) InfinityEdge non-touch, 500-nit.
-13.4 Inch FHD+ (1920×1200) InfinityEdge touch, 500-nit.
-13.4 Inch UHD+ (3840×2400) InfinityEdge touch, 500-nit.
Ports– 2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB Type-C) Ports
– USB Type-C to Type-A adapter included
– USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter included
– 2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB Type-C) Ports
– USB Type-C to Type-A adapter included
– USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter included
Battery– 55Wh Li-ion polymer
– 60W USB Type-C power adapter
– 3-cell 51Wh battery
-45W USB Type-C power adapter
Audio– Quad stereo speaker (8W total output)
– Waves MaxxAudio Pro and Waves Nx 3D Audio
– Stereo speakers (2W x 2 =4W peak)
– Waves MaxxAudio Pro
Camera– 720p HD webcam– 720p HD webcam
Size– 295.3 x 199.04 x 15.28 mm (11.63 x 7.84 x 0.6 Inches)– 295.4 x 199.4 x 13.99 mm (11.63 x 7.85 x 0.55 Inches)
Weight– From 1.24KG (2.73 lb)– From 1.17KG (2.59lb)

Performance: 28W vs 12W Intel Processors

Dell XPS 13 plus

When you compare the comparison table above, the first thing you’ll notice is that both laptops have 12th Generation Intel processors, but that doesn’t mean they are alike in terms of performance. The Dell XPS 13 Plus is a big leap ahead. It’s one of the first laptops to use Intel’s latest cutting edge P-series processors, which have a 28W TDP. Meanwhile, the Dell XPS 13 uses 12W CPUs instead of the 15W processors which were found in their previous models.

There is a huge difference in TDP, which means very different performance. The Core i7-1280P, for example, has 14 cores and 20 threads, which is the highest number of cores available in Intel’s P-series CPUs. In contrast, the regular XPS 13 only has 10 cores and 12 threads. Furthermore, these processors are from Intel’s U9 series, which means that the default TDP is 9W. To improve performance, Dell has just increased the power to 12W.

Benchmark scores for the U9 series processors are scarce, especially for the versions with increased TDP. The 28W models, however, will offer much better performance no matter how you slice it. However, both models should be fine for everyday tasks like browsing the web and writing documents. If you’re dealing with more complex workloads like content creation, you’ll notice a difference more.

long battery life on laptop

Obviously, this has a knock-on effect on battery life. Despite its larger battery, the Dell XPS 13 Plus won’t have the most impressive battery life, as the higher TDP comes at the expense of power consumption. The Dell XPS 13’s 12W processors should also extend its battery life significantly, making it a more portable choice because of its longer battery life.

The rest of the specifications are similar between the two laptops. The Dell XPS 13 Plus comes with a 2TB SSD, whereas the regular XPS 13 can only hold 1TB. Both come with up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM clocked at 52000MHz. As compared to previous models of the Dell XPS 13, that’s actually a downgrade.

Display & Sounds: OLED vs UHD+

Regarding the display, both laptops are nearly identical, and both are nearly the same as last year’s model. Featuring 13.4-inch panels with a 16:10 aspect ratio, both are great for productivity and creativity. Both come standard with Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) resolution, with touch support as an option. Both models have an Ultra HD+ (3840 x 2400) panel as the maximum configuration. As of yet, this high-end configuration is not available for the standard XPS 13, according to the spec sheet.

Is there a big difference between the two? There is one option that the Dell XPS 13 doesn’t have this year, a 3.5K OLED panel (3456 x 2160). Currently, this option is only available on the XPS 13 Plus. OLED panels have self-emissive pixels, meaning each pixel has its own source of light. Due to its high contrast ratio, it can provide true blacks and vibrant colors. This is probably what you’re looking for if you want the best visual experience, but it’s only available on the XPS 13 Plus.

sound on laptop logo

As for sound, the Plus model is also a winner. XPS 13 comes with quad stereo speakers and can deliver up to 8W of audio output – a first for the series. You won’t find a better audio experience on any 13-inch laptop than that. XPS 13 (2022) sticks with the standard dual-speaker setup, which is still fine but not as immersive.

Last but not least, both laptops have a webcam. Both still have 720p cameras, which is unfortunate. In 2022, most premium laptops will feature a 1080p sensor, but Dell is hanging on to its 720p camera. As a positive, Windows Hello now has a separate IR sensor rather than being integrated into the camera, which improves image quality. As a result, both laptops come with fingerprint readers for Windows Hello, so you can unlock your PC however you choose.

Design & Ports: Futuristic Look or Heritage Look?

These laptops differ quite a bit in terms of design as well. Dell went all-in on its XPS 13 Plus’ futuristic look. The touchpad on this model is invisible to begin with. There is no way to tell where it is, so it makes for a very clean look. Because of its zero-lattice edge-to-edge design, the keyboard has almost no space at the edges and between keys. As a final design enhancement, the XPS 13 Plus replaces the function row with touch-based digital keys, which can be toggled between classical function keys and media controls.

The Dell XPS 13 Plus has a great design, a cool color option, and it’s one of the coolest laptops around. You can choose between Platinum or Graphite, both of which look great with this design.

Despite its more classic design, Dell XPS 13 stays true to its roots. Although it doesn’t look as unique in that sense, it still looks very clean with its traditional touchpad and keyboard. The color options this time are actual colors, which makes this model unique. There are two colors available for the Dell XPS 13 (2022): Sky (a light shade of blue) and Umber (a dark shade of burgundy). I really like how that adds some personality to this laptop, and it’s a nice change of pace from earlier models.

ports on laptop logo

Despite their looks, both of these laptops are relatively portable, but the Dell XPS 13 is more so. Since it has a less power-hungry CPU, it doesn’t require a large cooling system, which makes it both thinner and lighter. This aluminum laptop is the thinnest XPS laptop ever at 13.99mm and weighs 2.59lbs, which is very light for a laptop made of aluminum. With a thickness of 15.28mm and a weight of 2.73lbs, the Dell XPS 13 Plus is still very portable. There is no excessive weight to either of these.

There is one thing in common between these two laptops: their port selection, which isn’t always a good thing. There are only two Thunderbolt 4 ports on both devices. Adapters are provided for USB Type-A and 3.5mm headphone jacks, but it isn’t the most convenient approach. Also, in the event you need to use them both, you won’t be able to charge the device.If you need more ports then Thunderbolt docks give you more options.

In Conclusion

It depends on your needs, especially in terms of performance, whether you choose the Dell XPS 13 Plus or the Dell XPS 13. On the other hand, XPS 13 has a less efficient battery life and a lesser performance than XPS 13 Plus. The most meaningful thing to you is what matters most to you. In contrast to the regular XPS 13, the XPS 13 Plus features a clean, futuristic design. Regardless of your preference, you can make your choice.

There are more high-end options available on the Dell XPS 13 Plus if you have the money for them. If you need more storage, you can upgrade to a 2TB SSD, and it also comes with an OLED display – a very tempting upgrade.

Dell XPS 13 9315

Having the Dell XPS 13 Plus with its additional performance seems more tempting to me as someone who mostly works in an office. In contrast, if you are a mobile worker, you may find the Dell XPS 13 to be a better choice. The winner here for me is the Dell XPS 13 Plus.

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