Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition 2020 Ubuntu Laptop Announced

Look like Dell listing to customer feedback. Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is the ultimate Linux laptop for developers and Linux enthusiasts/power users. The Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition 2020 now supports 10th Gen Intel CPU and 32GB ram. This system comes pre-installed with Ubuntu Linux 20.04, but you can install any other distro.

One of the most requested features for Dell XPS 13 developer edition was an option for 16GB or more RAM to run VMs or Linux containers workload. Dell listened to our demands, and you can grab device up to 32GB RAM.

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition 2020 Ubuntu Linux Laptop

Specs are as follows:

  • CPU: 11th Generation Intel mobile processors (i5-1135G7 or i7-1165G7 P)
  • OS: Ubuntu Linux 20.04 LTS (no more MS tax)
  • Fingerprint reader support: Yes (driver initially available via OTA update)
  • RAM support : Up to 16GB (but can be customize upto 32GB memory)
  • Wifi: Up to 4x faster wireless with Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650
  • SSD/Storage: upto 2TB PCIe SSD
  • GPU: Intel Iris Xe Graphics with shared graphics memory
  • Display: Up to 4K Ultra HD+ (3840 x 2400) display
  • Color Choice: Platinum silver exterior, black interior/Frost exterior, arctic white interior

The Dell XPS 13 laptop crafted with machined aluminum, carbon fiber, woven glass fiber, and hardened Corning Gorilla Glass that gives you a durable, lightweight system. The XPS 13 comes with 10th Gen Intel Core mobile processors and long battery life. It is a perfect device for travelers, small business owners like me, and developers that need power and performance on the go.

BIOS updates

Ubuntu 20.04 natively will notify you for XPS 13 BIOS updates. The system will regularly check for BIOS updates automatically. When an update is available, a popup will be displayed to flash the update via fwupd service. So you don’t need Windows 10 at all for this laptop. From the blog announcement:

We are proud to announce the latest and greatest Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition. The system, which is based on 10th Gen Intel® Core™ 10nm mobile processors represents the 10th generation of the XPS 13 Developer Edition (see a list of the previous nine generations below).

This 10th generation system features an updated design and comes with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS preloaded. Two areas of note are that the new XPS 13 will be available with up to 32GB of RAM as well fingerprint-reader support.

Pricing and order information

The updated Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition 2020 will be available in February 2020. Initially, the system would be available in the US, Canada, and Europe. As usual, Dell left out Japan, Australia, China, India, and the rest of Asia. I hope they would release the device in all markets.

Price for Dell XPS 13 starts at USD $1,199.99 for i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, a 256 GB PCI SSD with an FHD display, and Ubuntu Linux 20.04 LTS preloaded. More information available here and here.

How can Dell make this device even better for developers?

Dell can add an option for another SSD so that you can run Ubuntu from RAID 1 for data safety. However, Dell has a precision laptop series that offers multiple SSD. It is not clear XPS 13 comes with Intel vPro Management Engine (ME) or not, along with open source coreboot BIOS option such as those offered by System 76.


I think it is a perfect system for sysadmin, DevOps, software development, and IT work. In the last post, I talked about need for Hex core CPU and 32 GB ram and they addressed that issue. Of course, with 32GB ram, you can run Linux containers natively, KVM/VirtualBox/VMware VMs, and build apps using Linux. Would you purchase it?

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  • peterj Aug 15, 2020 @ 10:41

    There is no 32gb option available. this is typical dell, they announce something and then only half of the options are available inside their crappy online store

  • Marcus Berglund Jan 7, 2021 @ 7:57

    Yeah .. as usually is the case: Dell doesn’t really seem to want to sell these devices .. I have tried/contacted Dell Ireland, Uk, Germany .. can’t find it.
    I wish system76 would sell it as well .. then perhaps it would be possible to order it.

  • Marcus Berglund Jan 7, 2021 @ 11:40

    Right .. managed to talk to sales.
    They said they no longer sell this configuration (or any configuration with Ubuntu and 32 gb of memory).
    The agent also informed me that it is unlikely that it will be selling it again.
    He also pointed out that I cannot order cross border .. which I guess means that I cannot get a Intl keyboard, even if they had a model with 32 Gb.

    They seriously suggested that they could deliver the laptop to Ireland (with 16Gb) but I would have to travel there myself (from Portugal) to pick it up.

    Pity . . I guess I will not be able to get a Dell developer edition .. I will head over to System76 and buy my laptop there.

    Dell .. the masters of vapourware ..

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