Following the launch of its next-gen XPS 13 design, Dell is today announcing a major upgrade for its XPS 15. Not too long ago, the company unveiled a 2-in-1 variant of the XPS 13, and now it’s coming out with a 2-in-1 variant of the larger XPS 15.
Dell’s 2-in-1 XPS 15 comes with the next-gen InfinityEdge display with thinner bezels around the 4K UHD display (you can still get the FHD display if you don’t want to spend much). The new device is apparently the world’s “smallest and thinnest 15.6-inch 2-in-1” device, too. Being a 2-in-1, you can now use the XPS 15 in four different modes, much like every other 2-in-1 device in the market.
The new XPS 15 is one of the first laptops to boast Intel’s new 8th gen Core processors built-in partnership with AMD. Intel’s new processors built in partnership with AMD are supposed to offer high performance without compromising the thin profile of devices like the XPS 15. As such, the new XPS 15 2-in-1 packs the 8th gen Intel Core i5/i7 processor with Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics with 4GB of HMB2 RAM. The i5 variant (i5-8305G) is clocked at 3.8GHz and comes with 6MB Level 3 cache, while the i7 variant (i7-8705G) is clocked at 4.1GHz and comes with 8MB of Level 3 cache. Both of the variants come with 20 compute units and quad-core chips.
Much of the XPS 15 remains the same with this year’s update, though. The design of the device remains unchanged, although it’s highly likely Dell will end up bringing the next-gen XPS 13 design to the XPS 15 sometime in the near-future.
There is, however, one other big change: removal of all the USB Type-A ports. Dell seems to be going all in on Type-C this year, and the company is getting rid of all the classic Type-A ports and replacing them with Type-C ports on the new XPS 15. The company removed the Type-A ports from the XPS 13 this year as well, but removing the Type-A ports from the XPS 15 simply just doesn’t make sense as the device is still 16mm thick — which should theoretically be enough to fit in at least a single Type-A port. Ah well.
Dell is launching a new Active Pen along with the XPS 15 2-in-1 today. It includes tilty sensitivity support and 4096 pressure sensitivity points just like the Surface Pen and costs $99. The new pen will go on sale on April 6 in the United States, and other countries will start getting it by 12th June. As for the XPS 15 2-in-1, Dell will start selling the device sometime this Spring, starting at $1299. A specific release date should be revealed closer to the time.