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Dell refreshes XPS 15, 17 with 12th Gen Intel CPUs and RTX 30-Series GPUs

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Xps 15 2022 Lede (Image credit: Dell)

What you need to know

  • Dell just launched its new XPS 15 and XPS 17 flagship laptops.
  • The devices feature the same general designs as their predecessors but have been bumped up to 12th Gen Intel CPUs and have new GPU options.
  • The XPS 15 starts at $1,449 and the XPS 17 starts at $1,849.

Dell just refreshed two of its flagship laptops, the XPS 15 and XPS 17. The new devices feature 12th Gen Intel Core H-Series processors and have options for NVIDIA GeForce 30-Series graphics. Other internals within the laptops have been bumped up as well, including DDR5 memory. The new XPS 15 and 17 are available today starting at $1,449 and $1,849, respectively. If you want the RTX 3060 in the XPS 17, you'll have to wait until April 2022.

The new XPS models are internal refreshes rather than radical redesigns. If you want a flagship Dell laptop with an overhauled look, check out the XPS 13 Plus.

The fact that the new XPS laptops feature the same general designs as their predecessors is mostly a good thing, based on reviews. Both devices compete with the best Windows laptops. Our executive editor Daniel Rubino gave the XPS 17 a 4.5 out of 5 in his review. The XPS 15 also received positive reviews from several outlets.

CategoryDell XPS 15Dell XPS 17
Operating SystemWindows 11 Home
Windows 11 Pro
Windows 11 Home
Windows 11 Pro
Display15.6-inch 4K UHD+ (3840 x 2400), touch, 500-nit, 100% Adobe RGB, 94% DCI-P3, 1600:1 contrast ratio
15.6-inch 3.5K OLED (3456 x 2160), DisplayHDR 500, 400-nit, 100% DCI-P3, 100,000:1 contrast ratio
15.6-inch FHD+ (1920 x 1200), 500-nit, 100% sRGB, 1650:1 contrast ratio
17-inch 4K UHD+ (3840 x 2400), touch, Display HDR 400, 500-nit, 100% Adobe RGB, 94% DCI-P3, 1600:1 contrast ratio
17-inch FHD+ (1920 x 1200), 500-nit, 100% sRGB, 1650:1 contrast ratio
Processor12th Generation Intel Core i5-12500H (18MB Cache, up to 4.5 GHz, 12 cores)
12th Generation Intel Core i7-12700H (24MB Cache, up to 4.7 GHz, 14 cores)
12th Generation Intel Core i9-12900HK (24MB Cache, up to 5.0 GHz, 14 cores)
12th Generation Intel Core i5-12500H (18MB Cache, up to 4.5 GHz, 12 cores)
12th Generation Intel Core i7-12700H (24MB Cache, up to 4.7 GHz, 14 cores)
12th Generation Intel Core i9-12900HK (24MB Cache, up to 5.0 GHz, 14 cores)
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics
Intel Iris Xe Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB GDDR6 (40W)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB GDDR6 (40W)
Intel UHD Graphics
Intel Iris Xe Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB GDDR6 (60W)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6 (60W)
Memory8GB (1x8GB) DDR5 SDRAM at 4800MHz
16GB (2x8GB) DDR5 Dual Channel at 4800MHz
32GB (2x16GB) DDR5 Dual Channel at 4800MHz
64GB (2x32GB) DDR5 Dual Channel at 4800MHz
8GB (1x8GB) DDR5 SDRAM at 4800MHz
16GB (2x8GB) DDR5 Dual Channel at 4800MHz
32GB (2x16GB) DDR5 Dual Channel at 4800MHz
64GB (2x32GB) DDR5 Dual Channel at 4800MHz
Storage256GB PCIe 3 x4 SSD, 512GB PCIe 4 x4 SSD
1TB PCIe 4 x4 SSD, 2TB PCIe 4 x4 SSD
4TB PCIe 4 x4 SSD
Supports up to 8TB total storage (2x 4TB)
256GB PCIe 3 x4 SSD, 512GB PCIe 4 x4 SSD
1TB PCIe 4 x4 SSD, 2TB PCIe 4 x4 SSD
4TB PCIe 4 x4 SSD
Supports up to 8TB total storage (2x 4TB)
Front Camera720p with Windows Hello720p with Windows Hello
ConnectivityKiller Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1Killer Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
Ports2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB Type-C) with DisplayPort and Power Delivery, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C™ (DisplayPort / Power Delivery), 1 Full size SD card reader v6.0, 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack, Wedge-shaped lock slot4x Thunderbolt 4 (USB Type-C) with DisplayPort and Power Delivery, 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack, Wedge-shaped lock slot
AudioMaxxAudio Pro and Waves NX 3D audio, Quad-speaker, 3.5mm audio, dual-microphone arrayMaxxAudio Pro and Waves NX 3D audio, Quad-speaker, 3.5mm audio, dual-microphone array
Battery56Whr
86Whr
97Whr
DimensionsHeight 18mm (0.71") x Width: 344.72mm (13.57") x Depth: 230.14mm (9.06") ThicknessXX mm)Height: 19.5mm (0.77") x Width: 374.45mm (14.74") x Depth: 248.05mm (9.76")
WeightFrom 1.81 kg (3.99 lbs)From 2.21 kg (4.87 lbs)
ColorsBlack
White
Black
White
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Dell XPS 15

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Dell XPS 15

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Dell XPS 17

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Dell XPS 17

The XPS 15 features a 15.6-inch display with thin bezels that allow for a 92.9% screen-to-body ratio. There are options for a 4K+ display that covers 100% Adobe RGB, a 3.5K OLED panel, or a 1920 x 1080 screen. The XPS 17 also has a 4K+ model that covers 100% Adobe RGB and an option with a 1920 x 1080 resolution.

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Dell XPS 15

The latest XPS 15 shares the same general design as its predecessor, but it has a 12th Gen Intel Core CPU and options for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30-Series graphics.

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Dell XPS 17

Dell refreshed its largest flagship laptop with the latest 12th Gen Intel CPUs and options for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30-Series graphics.

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