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Dell shows off its aluminum, carbon fiber XPS 13 ultrabook

Dell's got a new ultrabook on the way that makes use of aluminum and carbon fiber. Having announced it at CES tonight, Dell will start taking orders in February.

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Intel's Clarke holds up the XPS 13, which is arriving later this year.
Intel's Clarke holds up the XPS 13, which is arriving later this year. James Martin/CNET

LAS VEGAS--Dell's got a new ultrabook on the way, and it's making use of aluminum and carbon fiber to get the job done.

During Intel's keynote here tonight, the vice chairman of Dell, Jeff Clarke, brought out the freshly-announced XPS 13, the new 13-inch model in Dell's XPS line that falls into the ultrabook category.

The sub-three-pound notebook is 6mm at its thinnest point and made out of machined aluminum. The base of the machine is made out of carbon fiber.

The machine, which the company will begin taking orders for in February, supports Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors. Clarke said it gets "almost" 9 hours of battery life, and boasts special features such as location awareness.

Other notable features include the use of Corning's Gorilla Glass on the screen, and what Clarke claimed to be 15 percent less size than other 13-inch notebooks.

You can get the full skinny on the XPS 13 right here.