The new Dell XPS 17 (9700) is large, in charge, and packed with power

Dell Xps 17 9700
Dell Xps 17 9700 (Image credit: Dell)

What you need to know

  • Dell introduced the new XPS 17 (9700) today.
  • The laptop is the largest XPS, sporting a 17-inch 4K screen, along with powerful hardware.
  • It includes up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i9 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Max-Q) graphics, and studio-quality sound
  • The Dell XPS 17 (9700) is expected to launch this summer startng at $1,500.

Dell's XPS range got a new big brother today with the introduction of the XPS 17 (9700). The laptop now sits above the new XPS 15 in the lineup, featuring a 17-inch screen that Dell claims fits in a smaller body than many 15-inch laptops on the market. Along with its larger screen size, the new XPS 17 also packs a punch with some impressive specs to match.

The XPS 17 used to be a part of Dell's lineup, but it hasn't seen an update in nearly 10 years. With its return, Dell claims the XPS 17 is now the "smallest 17-inch laptop on the planet." That's thanks in large part to its InfinityEdge display, which Dell claims allows the laptop to be "smaller than 48 percent of 15-inch laptops" currently available.

Inside the new XPS 17, you'll find plenty of power as well. That includes Intel's latest 10th Gen CPUs, with a Core i9 chip at the top end. Additionally, there's NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics with Max-Q design. To handle the thermal load, Dell says it has included a "unique" thermal design to push more airflow throughout the system.

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CategoryDell XPS 17 (9700)
Operating SystemWindows 10 HomeWindows 10 Pro
Display17-inch 4K UHD+; InfinityEdge touch; HDR400 + Dolby Vision, 500 nits; 94% DCI-P3; anti-reflective17-inch FHD+; InfinityEdge; Dolby Vision, 500 nits; 100% sRGB minimum; anti-glare
ProcessorUp to 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10885H
GraphicsUp to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Max-Q Design), 6GB, GDDR6
MemoryUp to 64GB DDR4 2933MHz
Storage256GB PCIe 3 x4 SSD512GB PCIe 3 x4 SSD1TB PCIe 3 x4 SSD2TB PCIe 3 x4 SSD
WebcamHD (720p)
SecurityWindows Hello cameraWindows Hello fingerprint reader
ConnectivityKiller Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (802.11AX) built on Intel chipsetBluetooth 5
Ports4x Thunderbolt 3 (power delivery + DisplayPort)1x Full size SD card reader1x 3.5mm headphone.microphone jack1x USB-C to USB-A 3.0 & HDMI 2.0 adapter included
AudioStudio quality tuning w/ Waves MaxxAudio Pro & Waves Nx 3D audio1.5W x2 tweeters2.5W x2 woofers
Battery56WHr or 97WHr
DimensionsHeight: 19.5mm (0.77") x Width: 374.45mm (14.74") x Depth: 248.05mm (9.76")
Weight2.11 kg (4.65 lbs) to 2.51 kg (5.53 lbs)
PriceStarting at $1,500
AvailabilitySummer 2020

Beyond the size and raw specs, Dell has also given the XPS 17 an updated design with a new hinge to acommadate the four-sided InfinityEdge display. There's also a webcam packed into the tiny bezel above the display, with Dell stating it's the smallest webcam it has used to-date.

The company also added "studio-quality" sound and voice to the mix with MaxxAudio Pro by Waves. The XPS 17 features a quad-speaker array with two woofers and two tweeter, tuned to deliver more immersive sound. The XPS 17 is also one of the first laptops (in addition to the XPS 15) to include Waves Nx 3D audio, which can track your head movement to deliver sound based on your point of view.

Dell Xps 17 9700 Press

Source: Dell (Image credit: Source: Dell)

Finally, Dell is offering XPS 17 configurations with a new "Creator Edition" badge on its website. The company says that these particular configurations have been selected to provide a smooth experience with creative tools used for video editing and graphic design.

The new Dell XPS 17 (9700) is expected to launch this summer with prices starting at $1,500.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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