Dell is launching an updated version of its XPS 15 thin-and-light laptop. The new model is still a 4 pound laptop with a 15.6 inch display and optional support for up to a 4K touchscreen.
But Dell says the new model has an updated display panel which is brighter and enables longer battery life. Oh, and the XPS 15 now comes with Intel Coffee Lake-H processor options (with up to 6 cores and 12 threads), and optional support for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050TI graphics.
Prices start at about $1000, and the new Dell XPS 15 should be available in May.
The entry-level model will features an Intel Core i5-8300H quad-core processor and integrated Intel UHD 630 graphics, but Intel will offer higher-priced configurations with up to a Core i9-8950HK hexa-core chip and optional NVIDIA graphics.
Other options include a choice of a 1080p matte display or a 4K glossy touchscreen display with 100 percent Adobe RG color gamut (there’s no option for a 1080p touchscreen), and the laptop will come in black or silver colors.
The notebook has the same chassis as last year’s model, which isn’t a bad thing when you consider the fact that the new model should bring a significant performance boost without adding any thickness or weight.
Dell is promising up to 21.5 hours of battery life, but that’s assuming you leave the notebook sitting idle. Actual run time will probably be substantially shorter.
The XPS 15 supports an optional fingerprint read in the power button and features a webcam below the display (the price you pay for a slim top bezel).
Dell also recently started selling its updated XPS 15 2-in-1 laptop. That model has a convertible tablet-style design thanks to a touchscreen display, a 360-degree hinge, and pen support. But it also ships with an Intel Kaby Lake-G processor rather than a Coffee Lake-H chip, which means you’ll probably get better graphics performance from the convertible, but lower CPU performance.
The XPS 15 2-in-1 is currently selling for $1500 and up, but a $1300 configuration is expected to launch later this month.