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
GPU NVIDIA GTX 1650 Ti 4GB NVIDIA GTX 1650Ti 4GB
NVIDIA RTX 2060 6GB
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
Quad-Speaker
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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  • willis936 - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    Hopefully their new cooling system actually touches the VRMs this time. The 9570 has been an excellent laptop... once hard and soft mods are applied to fix thermal throttling. Reply
  • Alistair - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    I have a Dell Precision XPS 15, and the main problem is the horrific throttling (like the old Macbook Pro). It can not run the GPU and 6 core Intel CPU properly. I REALLY hope they fixed it this time, like the 16" Macbook Pro. Would make the laptop so much better if they improve the cooling. Reply
  • Pro-competition - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    Hope Dell finally resolves the coil whine issues in the XPS laptops... Consider yourself warned! Reply
  • jseliger2 - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    No Linux DE versions, though, it seems. Reply
  • Pro-competition - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    If I were in the market for a portable laptop, I'd get the LG Gram over these Dell XPS though, simply because the LG Grams are so much lighter. Reply
  • Rookierookie - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    They're not in the same market segment. You might as well make the comment for Alienware laptops. Reply
  • p1esk - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    Yes, they are not in the same market segment, but the only real difference is the graphics card. If you need a good graphics card and you insist on using laptop, you might be better off buying an external GPU enclosure. I'm using my LG Gram 17 with Razer Core and 2060 Super to drive my two 4k/144Hz monitors. If I cared about gaming (I don't) I'd probably get 2080Ti card, but I'd still keep LG Gram because it's so light when I need to travel with it. Reply
  • fazalmajid - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    The Gram 17 is great! I just wish it didn’t have a numeric keypad, I keep activating it accidentally because there is no separation from the main keyboard unlike on a regular keyboard. Reply
  • Tams80 - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    Have you tried lugging around an external GPU enclosure? That's going to take up a significant amount of your luggage space and be hefty. Not to mention the hassle of even more wires when you get to your location. And all that for a significant drop in performance.

    That's not to say that there aren't people for whom taking around an external GPU works and who like it, or even need it. It's just that's probably one of the most niche markets out there.
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  • s.yu - Thursday, May 14, 2020 - link

    The drop in performance especially, nobody who's done their research would put a 2080Ti in an enclosure for gaming. It would be hardly faster than a 2070. Reply

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