Dell announces new XPS 15 and XPS 17 with Intel 11th-Gen chips and 3.5K OLED display

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XPS 15 (Black) (Image credit: Dell)

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What you need to know

  • Dell has unveiled the 2021 XPS 15 and XPS 17 laptops.
  • They feature the latest 11th-gen chips from Intel.
  • The XPS 15 has a new 3.5K OLED panel option.

Dell has today announced the brand new versions of its popular XPS 15 and XPS 17 laptop range, now featuring the latest 45W Intel 11th-generation chips for extra performance and a new 3.5K OLED display panel for the 15.6-inch variant. Featuring the same great design as last years XPS line, but with the latest and greatest specs.

The new XPS 15 can be configured with an 11th-Generation Intel Core i5-11400H, Core i7-11800H, or Core i9-11900H. But the biggest new change on the XPS 15 is the new 3.5K OLED panel, featuring a rich 3456x2160 display resolution in a 16:10 aspect ratio, with support for Dolby Vision and inky blacks. There's also an LCD 1080p version for those who don't need to be pushing that many pixels, and Dell still has an LCD 4K panel too if that's what you're looking for.

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SpecXPS 15XPS 17
OSWindows 10 HomeWindows 10 ProWindows 10 HomeWindows 10 Pro
Processor11th Gen IntelCore i5-11400HCore i7-11800HCore i9-11900H11th Gen IntelCore i5-11400HCore i7-11800HCore i9-11900HCore i9-11980HK
RAMUp to 64GB DDR4-3200Dual-channelUp to 64GB DDR4-3200MHzDual-channel
StorageUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe 3 SSDUp to 4TB M.2 PCIe 4 SSDUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe 3 SSDUp to 4TB M.2 PCIe 4 SSD
Display15.6 inchesDolby Vision16:10 aspect ratio1920x1200 (FHD+)100% sRGB, 500 nits3456x2160 (3.5K)OLED, touch, DisplayHDR 500, 400 nits, 100% DCI-P33840x2400 (UHD+)Touch, DisplayHDR 400, 500 nits, 100% AdobeRGB17 inches16:10 aspect ratioDolby Vision1920x1200 (FHD+)Anti-glare, 500 nits, 100% sRGB3840x2400 (UHD+)Touch, DisplayHDR 400, 500 nits, 99% DCI-P3, anti-reflective
PortsTwo Thunderbolt 4USB-C 3.2 (Gen 2)SD card reader3.5mm audioFour Thunderbolt 43.5mm audio
AudioDual 2.5W woofersDual 1.5W tweetersMaxxAudio ProDual 2.5W woofersDual 1.5W tweetersMaxxAudio Pro
ConnectivityKiller Wi-Fi 6 AX1650Bluetooth 5.1Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650Bluetooth 5.1
CameraFront-facing 720pIR cameraFront-facing 720pIR camera
SecurityFingerprint readerIR cameraLock slotFingerprint readerIR cameraLock slot
Battery56Wh, 86Wh90W, 130W AC adapter97Wh90W, 130W AC adapter
Dimensions13.57 x 9.06 x 0.71 inches(344.72mm x 230.14mm x 18mm)14.74 x 9.76 x 0.77 inches(374.45mm x 248.05mm x 19.5mm)
WeightFrom 3.99 pounds (1.81kg)From 4.87 pounds (2.21kg)
ColorPlatinum SilverPlatinum Silver

In the graphics department, you can get the XPS 15 configured with either integrated UHD Graphics, or dedicated graphics in the form of an RTX 3050 or 3050 Ti from NVIDIA. The dedicated graphics will provide excellent video editing capabilities, and even some gaming depending on the screen resolution.

Flipping over to the XPS 17, Dell has packed its top flagship with one of the most powerful processors you can find in a laptop; the Intel Core i9-11980HK, which is a 45W processor that will be able to do most workstation related tasks. You can get it with either s 1080p or 4K LCD panel, up to 64GB RAM, and either an RTX 3050 or RTX 3060 graphics card from NVIDIA. The RTX 3060 will provide quite a jump in graphics power over the 3050.

Dell calls the XPS 17 the smallest 17-inch laptop on the market, thanks to its InfinityEdge 4-sided display that gives it super thin bezels on all four edges. Both the XPS 15 and 17 have this, along with an excellent keyboard, large trackpad, great speakers, and Windows Hello.

The Dell XPS 15 and XPS 17 begins shipping this summer and starts at $1,249.99 and $1,449.99 respectively. What are your thoughts on the new Dell XPS's? Let us know in the comments.

Zac Bowden
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