Dell has accidentally published near-final specifications of its upcoming XPS 15 notebook due to be released early next year. The Dell XPS 15 computers are designed for performance-demanding users seeking near bezel-less laptops with above-average performance at a moderate price with a plenty of upgrade options. The new XPS 15 9560 will receive Intel’s Kaby Lake processor, NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050-series graphics as well as some other optional upgrades not available on current-gen, but will retain the internal architecture and external design.

According to the listing (now removed from the website) Dell’s upcoming XPS 15 9560 notebook will use either a dual-core Intel Core i3-7100HQ, a quad-core Core i5-7300HQ or a quad-core Core i7-7700HQ CPU. The aforementioned chips are not yet formally announced, but it is known that they are based on the Kaby Lake microarchitecture and will thus offer improved performance compared to predecessors due to higher frequencies, Speed Shift v2 technology and other refinements. For those who opt for iGPU rather than a discrete model it is important to note that the Kaby Lake CPUs also has an improved video encoding/decoding engine.

The next key enhancement of the XPS 15 9560 over the current-generation XPS 9550 will be NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with up to 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. NVIDIA has yet has to announce a mobile version of the GeForce GTX 1050, but it is highly likely that the product is based on the GP107 GPU featuring the Pascal architecture and up to 768 stream processors, similar to the desktop version. The new graphics chip should offer a decent performance upgrade when compared to the GeForce GTX 960M used in the current-gen XPS 15. Meanwhile for those planning to play demanding games it makes sense to look at the GeForce GTX 1060 or 1070, which means the Alienware 15.

Since the new Dell XPS 15 9560 will retain the chassis of its predecessor, it will support similar InfinityEdge 15.6” display panels: an IPS FHD (1920×1080) or an IGZO UHD (3840×2160) with 100% AdobeRGB color gamut and touch support. Physical dimensions of the unit also remain intact with the predecessor: it weighs around 1.8 kilograms and is up to 17 mm thick.

For storage, the new Dell XPS 15 will use either Seagate’s SSHDs or PCIe SSDs with up to 1 TB capacity. Meanwhile, due to improvements of Kaby Lake’s memory controller, the new laptops should be compatible with DDR4-2400 memory, offering an additional performance boost over DDR4-2133 used today.

As for connectivity, the XPS 9550 uses Rivet Networks' Killer 1535 802.11 2×2 Wi-Fi + BT 4.1 controller, has one Thunderbolt 3/USB 3.1 Type-C port, two USB 2.0 headers, an HDMI output, a 720p webcam and an SD card reader, which essentially means that there is nothing for the XPS 9560 to upgrade here (at least, not without a major redesign of the whole PC). However, since the XPS machines are often used like workstations, Dell decided to add a fingerprint reader with Windows Hello support as an option.

Since Dell has already taken down the XPS 9560 product page (technically, it is there, but without any data), so prices and exact final configurations / availability dates remain under wraps. Still, being a close partner of Intel and NVIDIA, Dell is typically among one of the first to release PCs based on the new CPUs/GPUs. Therefore we expect the new systems to arrive shortly after CES in the usual XPS 15 price range that starts at $999 and ends at ~$2500 for high-end models.

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Sources: PCMag, WindowsCentral.

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  • lianthus - Saturday, December 24, 2016 - link

    My brother owns the same device and it reacts the same way. I have read other reviews that also talk about having driver issues. These issues are known to Intel and Nvidia with no fix available. Reply
  • Flying Aardvark - Friday, December 30, 2016 - link

    Yeah it's off my list for this reason. There's a long list of issues with the XPS lineup. BSODs are a common complaint. https://www.reddit.com/r/Dell/comments/5jmijp/chan... Reply
  • vladx - Friday, December 23, 2016 - link

    No Ethernet port, pass. Reply
  • dark4181 - Friday, December 23, 2016 - link

    Thunderbolt to ethernet adapter. Reply
  • vladx - Friday, December 23, 2016 - link

    Fuck that, I don't like wasting other ports or having cables stick out of my laptop when they could've just made it a few mm ticker. Reply
  • secretanchitman - Friday, December 23, 2016 - link

    I mean, it's been more than 3 years since the XPS 15 was announced and it never came with a gigabit ethernet port to begin with, so no idea why you are expecting one now on this refreshed model. Reply
  • vladx - Friday, December 23, 2016 - link

    Hey man if you like being suckered in having less functionality, that's your problem. Reply
  • chipped - Saturday, December 24, 2016 - link

    No one is being sucked in, ports are dropped slowly over the years. You seem to be completely ignorant of how computers evolve, you musty be like 12 and your ports you gew up with are leaving you haha...

    Some ports I've lost over the years but I'm quite happy without.

    Printer ports
    Serial
    DVD/CD drives
    PS2 ports
    Floppy
    Ethernet ( 50/50 availability )
    USB-A will be next
    Reply
  • HomeworldFound - Sunday, December 25, 2016 - link

    Don't forget the game/joystick port on the sound card. Reply
  • close - Saturday, December 24, 2016 - link

    @vladx, Nobody's being suckered into anything. You're here to act all superior asking for an ethernet port only to complain later that 'you don't want cables sticking out'. Even you don't know what you want besides to sound interesting. It's an ultrabook, it's meant to be portable. If you want to use it on the desk get a docking station, if you want to move than an ethernet cable isn't really the best idea, is it?

    This is clearly not for you so why don't you go to McD and complain about theit non-vegetarian Big Mac?
    Reply

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