Dell XPS 13 9345: Now with ARM Snapdragon X1 Elite and China-Exclusive X1 Pro

Earlier this year, the Dell XPS 13 9340 with Intel Meteor Lake was released. Dell is now releasing the XPS 13 9345, its ARM version. The Snapdragon X1 Elite and Snapdragon X1 Plus SoCs from Qualcomm are powering a rising number of modern laptops, including the XPS 13 9345.

The Snapdragon X1 Elite X1E-80-100 powers the global edition of the new XPS 13 9345, while the Snapdragon X1 Plus X1P-64-100 powers the China-only model.

With a dual-core boost of up to 4 GHz and an all-core boost of up to 3.4 GHz, the X1E-80-100 has 12 cores. The NPU of the chip is rated to provide 45 TOPS of performance. In contrast, the X1P-64-100 has a 45 TOPS NPU and 10 cores with boosts up to 3.4 GHz. The graphics are powered by the inbuilt Adreno GPU.

The only noteworthy, however small, changes in the XPS 13 9345 are related to the ports and the network adapter, aside from the migration to ARM SoCs. Nothing special, but it’s worth mentioning that the Thunderbolt 4 in the XPS 13 9340 (available for US$1,399.99 at Best Buy) is swapped out for two USB 4 ports (with DisplayPort 2.1-out and power delivery) on the ARM XPS 13.

All wireless networking demands are met by Qualcomm’s FastConnect 7800 Wi-Fi 7 WLAN card with Bluetooth 5.4. Dell’s quad-speaker Dolby Atmos array is tuned using Qualcomm Fluence rather than WavesMaxx Audio Pro as is customary.

The chassis design from the XPS 13 9340 has not changed. You receive the identical 1.17 kg, 14.8 mm thin, CNC-machined aluminum construction with Gorilla Glass 3 on top for the palm rest.

Three 13.4-inch Dolby Vision InfinityEdge panels are still available for selection: FHD+ 120 Hz non-touch, QHD+ 120 Hz touch, and 3K (2880 x 1800) OLED 60 Hz touch. Additionally, Gorilla Glass Victus protection is included with the OLED option.

Upgrading to 64 GB LPDDR5x-8400 memory and 4 TB of storage is possible. Both the 60 W power adapter and the 55 Whr battery are still in use.

With the XPS 13 9345, Dell promises an all-day battery life, which makes sense given the updated architecture. But according to a recent leak, Dell may limit the TDP of the X1E-80-100 to 17.5 W in power saving mode and 25.5 W in performance mode, respectively.

Graphite and Platinum color options for the Dell XPS 13 9345 will be available for pre-order today, with pricing starting at US$1,299 and CA$1,649. It will be fascinating to watch how both versions compare in the following days given the US cost is the same as the Meteor Lake version.

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