The XPS lineup from Dell has been a resounding success and was the first laptop to feature the ultra-thin bezels that have defined the modern laptop. For 2020, Dell is refreshing the XPS 15 with an all-new design and bringing back the XPS 17 after almost ten years. Both look to set the bar that other manufacturers will try to attain. And thanks to the thin display bezels, both laptops are much smaller than their names would imply.

Dell XPS Models
Model XPS 15 XPS 17
CPU Intel Core i5-10300H
4C/8T 4.5 GHz
Intel Core i7-10750H
6C/12T 5.0 GHz
Intel Core i7-10875H
8C/16T 5.1 GHz
Intel Core i9-10885H
8C/16T 5.3 GHz
RAM 8-64 GB DDR4-2933 (2 SO-DIMM)
Storage 256 GB to 2 TB PCIe SSD
Display 15.6-inch 1920x1200 60 Hz
500 nits 1650:1 contrast sRGB

3840x2400 60 Hz Touch
500 nits 1600:1 contrast HDR 400
100% Adobe RBG 94% P3
17.3-inch 1920x1200 60 Hz
500 nits 1650:1 contrast sRGB

3840x2400 60 Hz Touch
500 nits 1600:1 contrast HDR 400
100% Adobe RBG 94% P3
Audio Waves Maxx Audio
Waves Nx 3D Audio
1.5W x 2 Tweeter
2.5W x 2 Woofer
Ports 2 x USB-C Thunderbolt 3
1 x USB Type-C 3.1
SD Card Reader
4 x Thunderbolt 3
SD Card Slot
Networking Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650
Battery 56 Wh / 86 Wh
USB Type-C 90W to 130W charger
56 Wh / 97 Wh
USB Type-C 90W to 130W charger
Dimensions 345 x 230 x 18 mm
13.57 x 9.06 x 0.71 inches
374 x 248 x 19.5 mm
14.74 x 9.76 x 0.77 inches
Weight 1.83 to 2.05 kg
4 to 4.5 lbs
2.11 to 2.51 kg
4.65 to 5.53 lbs
Starting Price USD $1,299.99 $1,499.99

XPS 15

Dell’s XPS 15 has been the workhorse of their lineup, offering significantly more CPU and GPU performance than the XPS 13 thanks to 45-Watt CPUs and powerful discrete GPUs. Dell’s redesign adds new options for the CPU and GPU, and updates the design to their new take on the XPS, featuring the same InfinityEdge display, but now in a taller 16:10 aspect ratio which matches the already updated XPS 13.

Powering the new XPS is Intel’s new Comet Lake H-Series, with a 45 Watt TDP. Dell is offering Core i5, i7, and i9 models. On the GPU side, Dell is now offering the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4BG model, which is in-line with how NVIDIA has revamped their mobile GPU lineup for the year. Customers will be able to add up to 64 GB of DDR4-2933 RAM as well, thanks to the two SO-DIMM slots, and storage options are all PCIe SSDs from 256 GB to 2 TB.

Dell is also adding a brand-new cooling system, with a vapor-chamber cooling system and increased airflow. Any additional cooling will be welcome in a system that is as thin and light as the XPS line is.

One of the hallmarks of the XPS lineup is the InfinityEdge display, and for 2020’s redesign Dell has created a laptop with a 92.9% screen-to-body ratio, while still managing to fit a 720p webcam and dual microphones in the top bezel. Display options on the XPS 15 are familiar, but thanks to the 16:10 aspect ratio, should be more usable for creating and working. The base display option is a 1920x1200 100% sRGB IPS panel with a 1650:1 contrast ratio and 500 nits of brightness. If you need more, Dell also offers a 3840x2400 touch display with HDR 400, 100% Adobe RGB gamut coverage, and 94% P3 Gamut.

Battery life estimates from Dell are somewhat insane. The optional 86 Wh battery can provide up to 25 hours of battery life with the lower resolution display, which should mean even the UHD display option should offer all-day battery life.

Dell has also added 3D sound with Waves Nx 3D Audio, with tuned speakers, or Waves NX headphone tracking to adjust the direction of sound to suit your head movement.

Dell has moved entirely to USB-C for this generation, with two Thunderbolt 3 ports and one USB only, and Dell includes several USB-C adapters.

The new XPS 15 starts at $1299.99 and availability will be this week.

XPS 17

After almost ten years away, Dell is bringing back the XPS 17, thanks to customer demand for larger displays. But thanks to the InfinityEdge display, the new XPS 17 is very compact, with Dell stating it is smaller than 48% of the 15-inch notebooks on the market today. Thin bezel designs look amazing, but the ability to pack a large screen into a much smaller chassis is one of the best reasons to opt for a notebook like this.

The new XPS 17 is also Dell’s most powerful XPS ever, with the same CPU choices as the XPS 15, being Intel Comet Lake H Core i5, i7, and i9 models, but with an even larger GPU option. The XPS 17 ships with the same NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti as the XPS 15 in its base trim, but customers can also opt for the much more powerful NVIDIA RTX 2060 if they need even more compute. There are two SO-DIMM slots for up to 64 GB of RAM, and customers can purchase up to 2 TB of PCIe storage when configuring the device.

On the display side, the new XPS 17 features the same 16:10 aspect ratio as the rest of the XPS lineup, with base trim offering a 1920x1200 60 Hz display with 500 nits of brightness and 1650:1 contrast for it’s sRGB gamut. Or, like the XPS 15, you can opt for a high DPI panel, with a 3840x2400 resolution and touch. The higher pixel count also includes HDR 400 certification and wide-color gamut support with 100% Adobe RGB and 94% P3.

The larger laptop gets an even larger battery, with either 56 Wh or 97 Wh options. Dell has also added more Thunderbolt 3, with four Thunderbolt 3 ports.

The new XPS 17 looks to be a worthy addition to the lineup. It will be available this summer, with prices starting at $1499.99.

Source: Dell

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  • s.yu - Thursday, May 14, 2020 - link

    The wire probably wouldn't catch fire, the brick and/or the power management would simply refuse to pass more than 100W.
  • DanNeely - Thursday, May 14, 2020 - link

    The horrible pile of hacks that USB cables use to indicate their maximum current level would be a major problem for this. To keep everything as cheap as possible they put a resistor of a given level on one of the pins. X Ohms for 3A, Y Ohms for 5A. If Dell's proprietary not-quite-USB-C cable returned Z amps to signal to the dell brick that it could carry 6.5A, anything standard compliant high power charger would see the wrong value and refuse to use 5A mode. I'm not sure if all C cables have to be able to carry 3A and it would fall back to only being a 60W cable, or if it'd have to fall all the way back to the even lower current levels of USB A/B cables.

    Dell would also be opening itself up for complaints from uninformed users (AKA 99.99...% of people on the internet); that they were deliberately crippling performance with 3rd party cables to force people to buy their own over-priced model.

    The proper thing to have done would have been to either make a dual-plug cable for >100W charging or to convince the USB standards group to add a higher power charging mode to the standard so that anyone could make a 6.5A (or higher) cable and charger.
  • s.yu - Friday, May 15, 2020 - link

    Dual plug takes...dual sockets, the extra socket might have been useful otherwise. I see that being reasonable for wattage approaching 200W, but for <150W it doesn't make that much sense.
    ...unless you mean a hybrid plug in which the second plug is not a standard C and doesn't pass data either, like ROGP2's second C port that supports proprietary accessories using a hybrid plug but still takes a standard C.
  • s.yu - Thursday, May 14, 2020 - link

    This could be solved by having power management push a notification reminding the user that it's using an insufficient cable, like how slow USB cables trigger a notification in Windows.
  • tk.icepick - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    Glad to see some larger laptops get aspect ratios <= 1.6:1!

    Edit suggestion: on the specs table there is a typo in the contrast ratio for both 3840x2400 panels. It reads "1600L1", which is probably hitting the L instead of "shift + ;".

    Thanks for the overview! It is also exciting to see a major manufacturer making a 500-nit capable display.
  • scineram - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    Not Renoir, not interesting.
  • TEAMSWITCHER - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    Buying a laptop solely for the CPU is an interesting bit of AMD fanaticism.
  • Tams80 - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    Yet people often say vote with your wallet so...
    And so what if they don't find it interesting? That's their choice.
  • Rookierookie - Thursday, May 14, 2020 - link

    You know for a fact that they'll find an excuse to not buy an AMD laptop when one is actually available.
  • Retycint - Thursday, May 14, 2020 - link

    Well, not if the AMD CPU performs better and draws less power. I don't think it can be considered "fanatism" when consumers demand a superior product

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