Dell has launched some new additions to the XPS family of laptops, namely the XPS 14 Ultrabook and the XPS 15. The noteworthy part of this announcement is the XPS 14 Ultrabook, which boasts (according to Dell's numbers) 11 hours of battery life, higher than any other ultrabook. The XPS 14 Ultrabook also has optional integrated mobile internet. If you choose this option, the back of the lid (screen) will be leather instead of machined aluminum (pictured below) in order to not interfere with the signal.
An odd thing about the press release is that it says the XPS 14 Ultrabook comes with "optional performance graphics," but the only graphics listed are Intel HD 4000 graphics. The rest of the specs, minus the screen, are run-of-the-mill, with 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB hard drive with a 32GB mSATA SSD for caching, Ivy Bridge processors, and a 14-inch 400nit (brightness) 1440x900 edge-to-edge display. The 900p resolution is good for a 14" display, so that's a nice touch by Dell.
The XPS 15, while not an ultrabook, still remains sleek-looking. It's got a little power under the hood, with Ivy Bridge processor options, NVIDIA GeForce 630M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory, a 500GB HDD with a 32GB mSATA SSD for caching, and sadly only 6GB of RAM. Luckily, there's a 1080p display on the machine as well, which is just lovely. Aside from being 1080p, the screen is made from hardened Corning Gorilla Glass, which is some seriously tough stuff.