Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Dell's new XPS 15 2-in-1 has a 'maglev' keyboard

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Sherri Watson | 10 January, 2018, 10:54

In terms of specifications and features the 2018 Dell XPS 15 comes with a brand new design.

Yes, it's that time of year again-Dell's annual jamming a thumb into the eye of Apple's vaunted MacBook Pro 15. Dell hasn't confirmed if the XPS 15 2-in-1 will also feature a Linux option. The second, more battery-friendly option is a 1080p panel that hits 400 nits and 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut. Storage-wise, Dell offers M.2 SSD options ranging from 128GB to 1TB. Both use Intel's own integrated graphics. As such, the new XPS 15 2-in-1 packs the 8th gen Intel Core i5/i7 processor with Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics with 4GB of HMB2 RAM.

The improved graphics architecture is also a key reason the 2-in-1 is so thin, measuring in at just 16mm thick.

It's certainly not unusual to see big tech companies claim various unique achievements, firsts and records for new products unveiled at major trade shows like CES, but whether or not the Dell XPS 15 is one-of-a-kind, its state-of-the-art features can not be ignored.

Outside of size, the biggest difference between the two devices is the fact that the XPS 13 is a traditional laptop, albeit a very pretty one, while the XPS 15 2-in-1 is a large laptop-tablet hybrid more akin to the Surface Book 2 or one of Lenovo's top-end Yoga laptops. The upgraded range includes the Dell Latitude 7490, Latitude 7390, Latitude 7390 2-in-1, Latitude 7290, Latitude 5590, Latitude 5490, Latitude 5290, and the Latitude 5290 2-in-1.

Dell just introduced the world's most compact Thunderbolt 3 storage device, which is also one of the fastest portable drives available out there: the 1TB Dell Portable Thunderbolt SSD 1000 and the 500GB SSD 500. Dell had launched the current-gen XPS 15 (9560) in India several months after its debut in the U.S. previous year. Security features may include Windows Hello via the IR camera, biometric card readers with Control Vault 2 and FIPS 140-3 Level 3 certification. On the connectivity front, the notebooks have LTE-A, 802.11ac dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.1, USB Type-C, HDMI 1.4, optional Thunderbolt 3, 3.5mm headphone jack, and two USB 3.1 (generation 1).

Priced at $1,300 and up for a spring USA release, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 sports a Full HD InfinityEdge touchscreen in its entry-level configuration, which you can upgrade to 4K Ultra HD resolution if money is no object.

Both feature Dell's iconic near-bezel-free InfinityEdge display tech and be available with FHD and 4K resoluteness options.