Dell’s famous XPS Ultrabook lineup is getting a major upgrade this year, in the shape of faster Intel Core processors.
On the heels of Intel’s announcement of the new 8th Gen Mobile series, including hexacore Core i7 processors and Core i9 for laptops, Dell has followed up with an update to its XPS 15, using the same processor series.
The 15.6″ display on the front comes with either FHD or UHD resolution, with the latter option coming with an optional touchscreen. Other display features include 100% compliance with sRGB, up to 500 nits of brightness and 1500:1 contrast ratio.
Hardware and Connectivity
The main addition here is the choice of new 8th-generation Core i7-8750H, as well as Core i9-8950HK processor. Storage options include SSDs from 256 GB to 1 TB, a 128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD option, and a 1 TB hybrid/SSHD drive.
While the base model includes Intel UHD Graphics, you can get either a 4 GB GTX 1050 or a 1050 Ti.
Connectivity options include updated Thunderbolt 3 ports with four PCIe lanes (which is the norm, to be honest), 5 Gbps USB-A 3.1, HDMI 2.0, card reader, headphone jack and a Kensington security port.
There are also two speakers, as well as an HD webcam. Wireless options include Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi ac.
Battery and Price
The battery life is said to last up to 21.5 hours, which is impressive if true, especially for a machine that weighs 2 kg at most. However, that’s if you choose an SSD option.
Pricing starts at $999 for the base Core i5-8300H model with UHD Graphics 630. Expect to pay a pretty penny for the Core i9 and GeForce variants, though.