Dell today announced a major redesign of its XPS 15 laptop, which is now primarily sold to creatives who perform tasks such as video or photo editing, as well as a new XPS 17 model. The first is available today; the last one coming in the summer.
Dell says the XPS 15 is slimmer than its predecessor and has some design changes aimed at a higher screen-to-body ratio (more on that later). It also has a new audio solution (four speakers). The company says it has taken advantage of the popular XPS 13 design to create “the first major redesign” to the XPS 15 “in nearly five years.”
Meanwhile, the XPS 17 shares most of the same design principles and materials, and even largely the same specs, with improved ports and an optional, faster GPU to match the larger screen and chassis.
Both laptops offer the exact same lineup of 10th Gen Intel CPUs, ranging from a Core i5-10300H (4 cores, 8 MB cache) on the bottom to a Core i9-10885H (8 cores, 16 MB cache) on the top. , with the i7-10750H and i7-10875H in between. RAM ranges from 8 GB to 64 GB at 2933 MHz. Solid-state storage is standard, with options of 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB. There is also Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.
The XPS 15 and 17 both have “InfinityEdge” displays with very small bezels that are the same size on all sides. The screen-to-body ratio comes in at 92.9 percent and there’s a small HD webcam in the top bezel, but no notch. The display is available in 4K or FullHD and has an aspect ratio of 16:10.
Dell claims 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color gamut and 94 percent of DCI-P3 in the 4K display, which also has a 1600:1 contrast ratio, 500 nits maximum brightness, HDR 400 and Dolby Vision. The 1,920×1,200 display option also maxes out at 500 nits, but offers a 1650:1 contrast ratio, and Dell has made no claims about Adobe RGB or DCI-P3 in its spec sheets for that display.
The two laptops offer the same two display options, with identical specs, except for the dimensions: the XPS 15’s screen measures 15.6 inches, and the XPS 17 measures, well, 17 inches.
The big difference between the two formats is, predictably, in the graphics. The XPS 15 offers Intel UHD Graphics or an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti with 4GB GDDR6. The XPS 17 adds the option to upgrade to Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2060 with 6GB GDDR6. There are also some port differences. The XPS 15 has two Thunderbolt 3 and one USB-C 3.1 ports, along with an SD card reader and a headphone jack. The 17 instead offers four Thunderbolt 3 ports, plus the SD card reader and headphone jack.
The new XPS 15 is available today for a starting price of $1,299.99. The XPS 17 will land sometime in the summer of 2020, starting at $1,499.99.
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