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Dell Updates and Expands Premium XPS Laptop Family

The refreshed XPS 15 (pictured) and all-new XPS 17 announced today are both designed to pack high-end graphics into thin, compact frames. By Rich Freeman

Dell has updated its XPS notebook line, adding a refreshed 15-inch model and the first 17-inch product in nearly ten years.

Part of a wave of consumer PCs announced today, the premium devices arrive on the same day as an automated data migration system for new computer buyers. Dell is expected to announce commercial PCs bearing 10th Gen Intel vPro processors next week.

With its nearly borderless 16:10 InfinityEdge display, the XPS 17 has less total surface area than 48% of 15-inch products, according to a commissioned analysis by testing provider Principled Technologies. Dell calls the new product the “smallest 17-inch laptop on the planet.”

Models are available with 10th Gen Intel Core processors up to i7, up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics, and up to 64 GB of memory. The system provides as much as 20 hours of battery life, according to Dell.

The refreshed XPS 15, which also has a 16:10 display, features 10th Gen Intel Core processors too. The system comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics and, according to Dell, runs up to 25 hours on a charge.

Both products are available with either a 4K UHD+ (3840 x 2400) touch display offering 100% Adobe RGB + 94% DCI-P3 color and a 1600:1 contrast ratio or an FHD+ (1920 x 1200) display with 100% sRGB minimum color and 1650:1 contrast. Built-in “Eyesafe” display technology is designed to reduce blue light. 

The two devices also feature a lightweight CNC machined aluminum frame that’s 18mm thin on the XPS 15 and 19.5mm thin on the XPS 17. The smaller product weighs between 4 and 4.5 lbs.; its larger cousin weighs between 4.65 and 5.53 lbs.

The new systems both feature an up-firing quad speaker design and Waves Nx 3D audio. When used with headphones, Dell says, Waves Nx tracks head movement to align the direction of sound to your visual point-of-view.

Dell Mobile Connect technology, which is available free through the Microsoft Store now and will come pre-installed on XPS 15 and 17 devices soon, mirrors an Apple or Android smartphone’s screen, allowing users to make calls, send texts, and run apps from inside their PC or drag and drop files across devices.

Available immediately in the U.S. and Canada, the XPS 15 lists at $1,299.99. The XPS 17, which is also shipping now in the U.S. and Canada, costs $1,499.99 and up.

To help users move data from their current PC to one of the new XPS devices, as well as Dell Inspiron G Series and Alienware PCs, Dell has introduced a new migration solution called Dell Migrate. Priced at $39, the app discovers data on any PC running Windows 8 or beyond and then automatically relocates it to a newly purchased Dell replacement. The system runs as a background process, allowing users to perform other tasks simultaneously, and requires no rebooting. Users can specify which files they transfer, customize their drive mapping, and schedule the transfer process for a convenient time. 

Dell and its Alienware unit also unveiled a selection of gaming PCs today.

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