It's a matter of when, not if, Dell launches the new XPS 15 and XPS 17. These two flagship notebooks have been the subject of multiple leaks and rumors over the past few weeks — but none as revealing as this latest one.
Published (and subsequently removed) on Dell France, product listings for the XPS 15 9500 and XPS 17 9700 give us a full specs rundown of the upcoming premium notebooks. We now have a good idea of which processor and GPU will power these systems, as well as maximum RAM, storage and display resolution.
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We'll go over the specs for both devices, and give you a brief comparison between the two.
Dell XPS 15 specs
Consistently near the top of our best 15-inch laptops rankings, the Dell XPS 15 is a fantastic laptop for creatives or enterprise users who want a large display and fast performance in a small package.
The upcoming XPS 15 9500 will be getting many of the same design changes the XPS 13 2020 received. Dell is refreshing the XPS 15's design by removing the bottom bezel, allowing for a truly edge-to-edge display. As a result, the XPS 15's size was reduced to 13.6 x 9.1 x 0.7 inches and 4 pounds from the previous model's 14.1 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches and 4.5 pounds.
Based on leaked images, the XPS 15's overall aesthetic is very similar to previous versions. You'll still find a silver-aluminum lid and what appears to be a carbon-fiber deck on the inside. One notable change is that the speakers have been moved to the deck, on both sides of the keyboard. We're holding out hope that these top-firing speakers signal improvements to sound quality, a deficiency of previous models.
The XPS 15 will apparently come with two display options, a 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1200-pixel non-touch panel with 100% sRGB rating and 500 nits of brightness, or a 15.6-inch, 3840 x 2400-pixel touch screen. These resolutions confirm a taller 16:10 aspect ratio like the XPS 13's display. Sorry OLED fans, no signs of the technology just yet.
Powering the machine is up to a Core i9-10885H CPU (8 cores, 16 threads), although we suspect most people will opt for the 8-core, Core i7-10875H chip. RAM goes up to 64GB on the XPS 15 and storage is capped at 2TB. Graphics are limited to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti, which will disappoint those hoping for RTX.
Dell XPS 17 specs
Looking at design alone, the XPS 17 is essentially a larger version of the XPS 15. It also kills the bottom bezel and brings the speakers to the deck. Obviously, the XPS 17 is a larger device; It comes in at 14.7 x 9.8 x 0.8 inches and 5.5 pounds.
The XPS 17 has a 17-inch, 1920 x 1200-pixel non-touch panel and 4K touch screen options. CPU options are the same as the XPS 15 (up to a Core Core i9-10885H) and memory also maxes out at 64GB. Unlike the XPS 15, the XPS 17 can hold up to 4TB of SSD storage and the GPU goes up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060.
XPS 15 vs XPS 17
There are many similarities between the XPS 15 and XPS 17 beyond their design language. However, the small differences between the two laptops prove the XPS 17 is shaping up to be the more capable device.
Along with its Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU (a big step up from the XPS 15's Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti), the XPS 17 has a Windows Hello IR camera, which appears to be disappointingly absent on the XPS 15. Interestingly, the XPS 15 also has two fewer Thunderbolt 3 ports and one less USB-C input.