Dell Unveils its New XPS 15 Ultrabook to Take on the Macbook Air


Dell has unveiled a successor to its flagship XPS 15 laptop and has made it even sleeker yet powerful than before.

The new XPS 15 comes with a 15 inch touch-enabled display with resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels and the new 4th-generation Intel Haswell processors under the hood. Still, the entire package weighs in at just 4.4 pounds and is 18mm thin.

The ultrabook’s display comes with IGZO (Indium Galium Zinc Oxide) Technology which saves power and gives a sharper image. On the hardware side, it can have up to a quad-core 2.2Ghz Intel Core i7 Haswell processor, 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB SSD storage option and Nvidia’s GeForce GT 750M GPU.

The laptop comes with the latest Windows 8.1 pre-installed. The hardware bit is made of carbon fiber and magnesium alloys. Connectivity options include 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort and a full SD card slot.

Battery life is quoted at 13 hours, thanks to the new display and processor tech.

This all looks quite good right? Well here’s the bad bit: It will cost $1499, and that’s for the starting model which won’t have this display (instead a 1080p one), and will come with a Core i5 processor and integrated graphics.

Comparatively, its biggest competitor, the Macbook Air is priced closely but lacks several goodies which you’ll find here. It’s true that specs and statistics aren’t everything but if they were, the XPS 15’s top-of-the-line model would be among the better laptops which you can find today.

  • Insider

    Connectivity options include 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port? … 1 USB 2.0 or 3.0 port?

    • Bilal Hashim Siddiqi

      three 3.0 and one 2.0

  • Insider

    $1299 (macbook air) vs $1499 . I would go for Air not just because of price but it would allow me to install windows as well as OSX Marvics :)

  • TechnoMax

    Very expensive. Dell has to reconsider the pricing scheme for the XPS series if it really wants to compete with the Macbooks

    • talha92

      I agree. XPS has had qc problem and build quality issues in past. At this price tag, it wont be a smart choice with such issue history.

  • hasan