DELL HAS TAKEN THE WRAPS OFF its updated XPS laptop range, giving the XPS 12, 13 and 15 significant performance boosts, including the addition of Intel Skylake processors and up to 1TB of storage.
The new Dell XPS 15 is claimed to be the "smallest 15in laptop on the planet" thanks to its smaller chassis that measures 11mm thick, and is also the only 15in laptop to offer Dell's Infinite Edge display, that is, a display that almost stretches across the entire lid of the laptop. This means that the 15.6in display can fit into a chassis that would usually feature a 13in screen.
"The XPS 15 will launch with up to 16GB DDR4 RAM, but will see a migrating towards 32GB when Dimms become available later in the year," said Dell's field marketing manager of client solutions, Paul Craddock, during a briefing.
The 2015 version of the Dell XPS 15 has Intel Skylake processors for better battery life, alongside a discrete Nvidia GeForce 960M graphics accelerator. It features the same sized 15.6in display but introduces an ultrasharp 4K screen as an option. There will be up to 1TB of storage, which can be a mix of HDD and SSD if preferred.
As for the Dell XPS 13, Craddock said that it will remain the smallest 13in laptop "in an 11in chassis size", and the only laptop with an Infinity Edge display, but will offer a much better battery life after complaints from customers. The latest version of the XPS 13 will offer up to 18 hours battery life plus an extra seven with the use of a power companion accessory available separately.
These performance improvements mean that the Dell XPS 13 will be a tiny 0.02kg heavier, but with no change in dimensions.
The FHD display will stay at 3200x1800 resolution, but move from 800:1 to 1000:1 contrast.
Dell also announced improvements to the XPS 12, but had fewer specs to hand due to the fact it won't be made available until January. Craddock said the XPS 12 is the only 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrid to support a 12.5in 4K resolution Gorilla Glass touchscreen. Running on an Intel Core M processor, the XPS 12 features a keyboard dock that holds the screen at an angle so it can be used like a laptop.
Other notable features include a USB Type-C port that supports Thunderbolt 3 as well as adapters for HDMI/VGA/Ethernet ports and standard USB devices.
Unlike its siblings, all of the device's components are in the tablet section, which is held to the screen with "an incredibly strong magnet".
Availability and prices are thin on the ground for the XPS 12, but Dell said that the XPS 13 and XPS 15 will be ready "later this month". Prices will start from £849 for the XPS 13 and £1,099 for the XPS 15. µ
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