Inside Dell XPS 13 9310 – disassembly and upgrade options

Lately, the XPS 13 is considered the main competitor to the MacBook Pros. However, it is now barely catching up to the MacBook Air, thanks to Apple’s new in-house chips. And while the upgradability is not a really strong point of the XPS 13, it still provides some possibilities thanks to the single M.2 storage slot.

Check out all Dell XPS 13 9310 prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.

1. Remove the bottom plate

To get inside of this notebook, you need to undo 8 Torx head screws. Then, carefully pry the bottom panel, starting from the front two edges.

2. Battery

This device is powered by a 52Wh battery pack. It has a very large footprint, but a super-thin profile.

3. Memory, storage, and cooling system

Unfortunately, the memory is soldered to the motherboard, but on the bright side, you can configure the laptop with up to 32GB of LPDDR4x RAM in dual-channel mode. Storage-wise, there is a single M.2 PCIe x4 slot.

As you can see, the cooling solution comprises a single bulky heat pipe, two small heat spreaders, and a couple of tiny fans.

Check out all Dell XPS 13 9310 prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.

Dell XPS 13 9310 in-depth review

Welcome to the high end. If you want a very high-quality, low-profile business laptop, there is nothing that betters the XPS lineup of Dell. Today, we have their latest addition to the group - the XPS 13 9310. Once again, they have relied on the productivity-induced 16:10 aspect ratio. And this year, you get the Tiger Lake chips from Intel.Also, the XPS 13 is now part of the Evo platform, which should ensure better performance and higher stability. Ultimately, last year, we were mesmerized by the screen-to-body ratio of the laptop, putting the MacBooks of this world to sleep. This year, t[...]


  • Premium build quality and materials
  • Covers 96% of sRGB colors (Sharp VVK8Y-LQ134N1)
  • Very high color accuracy when Gaming and Web design profile is installed (Sharp VVK8Y-LQ134N1)
  • 12 hours of battery
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Fingerprint reader and optional IR face recognition systems
  • Great speakers


  • Limited I/O
  • Uses PWM below 140 nits (our Health-Guard profile fixes the issue) (Sharp VVK8Y-LQ134N1)
  • Memory is soldered to the motherboard
  • Insufficient cooling system
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