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January 11, 2012 at 3:40 PM

CES 2012: Quick hands-on with Nokia Lumia 900 and Dell XPS 13

LAS VEGAS — Two products prominently introduced during keynote addresses at CES this year were the Lumia 900, Nokia’s high-end Windows Phone that will make its entry into the U.S. market in the coming months, and the XPS 13, Dell’s entry into the ultrabook market.

I got a quick — very quick — look and hands-on time with them both.

Lumia 900.JPG

The Lumia 900 — especially in the cyan color — is beautiful with a screen that looks spacious. Reading a news article on it, without enlarging, felt comfortable. The phone feels light but solid in the hand.

Dell XPS vs MBA.JPG

Dell is touting the XPS 13 as being smaller than other 13-inch ultrabooks thanks to its edge-to-edge screen. A Dell rep event held the XPS up to other 13 inchers including the MacBook Air (see photo above for the comparison of the XPS 13 with the MBA 13) and Asus Zenbook.

Here’s the edge-to-edge screen:

Dell XPS screen.JPG

The XPS 13 has a carbon fiber base, which is lighter than metal, Gorilla glass display, and uses Intel Smart Connect technology to periodically wake from sleep to update your email and the like. Thanks to the soft-touch palm rest, it feels good to type — and rest your hands — on, too.

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