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Posting from Las Vegas: This year’s Consumer Electronics Show may well be remembered as the year of the Ultrabook, and Dell took a plunge into the increasingly competitive market this afternoon, appearing at Intel’s news conference to unveil Dell XPS 13.

One of the big selling points is its frameless edge-to-edge screen, which means that even at 13.3 inches diagonally, the overall computer hardware is similar in size to many 11-inch screens. The lid is made of machined aluminum, and the body is made of lighter carbon fiber, aiming to reduce the weight — a key characteristic of the thin and light Ultrabook category.

It’s a Windows 7 machine. The XPS 13 will start at $999 and will be available in the U.S. starting in February.

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