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

XPS 15 (Black)
XPS 15 (Black) (Image credit: Dell)

Xps 17 Closing Bottom Up

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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.

SpecXPS 15XPS 17
OSWindows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Processor11th Gen Intel
Core i5-11400H
Core i7-11800H
Core i9-11900H
11th Gen Intel
Core i5-11400H
Core i7-11800H
Core i9-11900H
Core i9-11980HK
RAMUp to 64GB DDR4-3200
Dual-channel
Up to 64GB DDR4-3200MHz
Dual-channel
GraphicsIntel UHD
NVIDIA RTX 3050
NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti
Intel UHD
NVIDIA RTX 3050
NVIDIA RTX 3060
StorageUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe 3 SSD
Up to 4TB M.2 PCIe 4 SSD
Up to 1TB M.2 PCIe 3 SSD
Up to 4TB M.2 PCIe 4 SSD
Display15.6 inches
Dolby Vision
16:10 aspect ratio
1920x1200 (FHD+)
100% sRGB, 500 nits
3456x2160 (3.5K)
OLED, touch, DisplayHDR 500, 400 nits, 100% DCI-P3
3840x2400 (UHD+)
Touch, DisplayHDR 400, 500 nits, 100% AdobeRGB
17 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
Dolby Vision
1920x1200 (FHD+)
Anti-glare, 500 nits, 100% sRGB
3840x2400 (UHD+)
Touch, DisplayHDR 400, 500 nits, 99% DCI-P3, anti-reflective
PortsTwo Thunderbolt 4
USB-C 3.2 (Gen 2)
SD card reader
3.5mm audio
Four Thunderbolt 4
3.5mm audio
AudioDual 2.5W woofers
Dual 1.5W tweeters
MaxxAudio Pro
Dual 2.5W woofers
Dual 1.5W tweeters
MaxxAudio Pro
ConnectivityKiller Wi-Fi 6 AX1650
Bluetooth 5.1
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650
Bluetooth 5.1
CameraFront-facing 720p
IR camera
Front-facing 720p
IR camera
SecurityFingerprint reader
IR camera
Lock slot
Fingerprint reader
IR camera
Lock slot
Battery56Wh, 86Wh
90W, 130W AC adapter
97Wh
90W, 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 is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

1 Comment
  • I am so pleased to see the XPS 17 continue. My XPS 17 is my favorite laptop I have ever owned. Other than the trackpad - which at this size needs to be more like the haptic feedback trackpads on Apple's Macbooks, I have no complaints. I have an i7 and it is perfect for this chassis. Isn't loud or hot. The screen is gorgeous. The aspect ratio is just right. I hate the "dongle life", but that just seems par for the course these days. You can open it up and expand it. It is not much larger than a 15" machine. It is a great machine. Cannot say enough good things about it.