Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

Dell has heard your cries for an XPS 15 that also doubles as a 2-in-1 tablet. The brand new XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575) due later this spring is not replacing the current XPS 15 (9560) but is instead a whole new category of device. The difference is Dell didn't want you to have to choose between power or a 2-in-1, so the company has engineered this from the ground up to hold its own against the current XPS 15.

Featuring a 4K IGZO InfinityEdge display, up to 32GB of RAM, up to 1TB of PCIe storage, and a full 45-watt Intel eighth generation quad-core processor (i7-8705G) with AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics, the XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575) is a stunner.

For those who want Windows inking, Dell has you covered. The XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575) has a $99 optional Wacom AES2.0 pen with 4,096 levels of pressure, tilt support, and palm rejection technology.

Dell XPS 15 (9575) tech specs

Category Dell XPS 15 (9575)
Processor Intel eighth Gen Core i5-8305G quad-core
Intel eighth Gen Core i7-8705G quad-core
Display size 15.6-inch
UltraSharp 4K (3840x2160) touch display, 100% color gamut
FHD (1920 x 1080) touch display, 100% color gamut
400-nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio, anti-reflective 178° wide viewing angle
RAM 8GB-16GB Dual Channel DDR4 at 2400MHz (On Board)
32GB post RTS
Discrete graphics Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics with 4GB HBM2 RAM
Ports 2x Thunderbolt 3 with PowerShare
2x USB-C 3.1 with PowerShare
microSD card reader
headset jack
Active pen Bluetooth 4.2
Multi-mode support including MPP (Microsoft Pen Protocol), Wacom AES1.0 and Wacom AES2.0
4,096 pressure levels
Storage 128GB (SATA); 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB (PCIe)
Wireless Killer 1435 802.11ac [2x2] + Bluetooth 4.1
Intel 8265 802.11ac [2x2] wireless for vPro + Bluetooth 4.1
Miracast capable
Sensors Gyroscope, eCompass/Magnetometer, Accelerometer/FFS
Biometric Widescreen 720p webcam with four array digital microphones; Windows Hello compliant infrared camera; Far Field Cortana capable
Optional Windows Hello compliant fingerprint reader in power button
Battery 75WHr (non-user-replaceable)
AC Charger 130W AC adapter
Weight 4.3 lbs (1.97 kg)
Dimensions 0.35 in to 0.63 in (9 mm to 16 mm) x 13.9 in (354 mm) x 9.3 in (235mm) (H x W x D)
Starting price $1,299.99
Availability Spring 2018
Dell.com, Microsoft.com

No compromises

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

Dell has wanted to engineer an XPS 15 that was also a tablet for some time, but the challenges in making it perform as smoothly as the current XPS 15 made it difficult.

Now, a partnership between Intel and AMD to bring combined CPU and GPU architectures onto the same board with shared thermal solutions makes it all possible. Toss in some space-age GORE insulation, which "directs heat out of the device, lowering the temperature of the XPS and enabling greater performance" and you have what Dell is proudly boasting as "the most powerful 2-in-1 ever."

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 has a lot of ability but the Intel quad-core processor is just 20 watts (with bursts up to 35 watts for short duration). The XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575), however, has a full 45W processor, which means it can go faster for longer durations and with less throttling.

Speaking of graphics, the XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575) uses the AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics (8MB cache, up to 4.1GHz) and it should fall between an NVIDIA GTX 1050 and GTX 1060 for performance.

With a 75WHr battery Dell estimates up to 15 hours of battery life, but real-world usage should fall well-above eight, hours making this a real all-day machine.

For ports, users are looking at four USB Type-C with two being full Thunderbolt 3 and the other being USB 3.1 with PowerShare. Like the new XPS 13, Dell is using four lanes of PCIe for those Thunderbolt 3 ports giving them the full bandwidth for external GPU usage.

The one downside is the lack of a full SD card reader. Instead, Dell is using a microSD slot instead, which is not ideal for photographers who rely on the aging standard.

Other odds and ends include a brand-new keyboard design using maglev technology. While this results in short key travel, Dell can fine tune the magnets to change the profile. Dell is using a Microsoft Precision touchpad as expected. For Windows Hello there is a facial recognition camera (IR) and a fingerprint reader built-in to the power button.

Again, the new XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575) is not replacing the current XPS 15 (9560). The latter is expected to have a refresh later in 2018, so stay tuned for that.

Pricing and availability

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

Look for the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575) to launch sometime in spring 2018. The starting price will be $1,299 for the Core i5 model and go up for the higher Core i7 model. Users will be able to choose between a full HD or 4K display, both of which are touch-enabled.

Look for the Dell Active Pen (PN579X) to launch in the U.S. on April 6 and for the rest of the world on June 12. The pen costs $99.99.