Latest Dell XPS Laptops – XPS 13, 15, 17 – All Details
If you are looking for the best Windows laptop on the market – the Dell XPS Series is a true rival to the MacBook Pro.
The XPS series offers no-compromise products with incredible design, fast performance, great battery life, and stunning displays. They are pricey but worth buying if you are looking to use a laptop for 5-7 years.
The new 2020 Dell XPS line-up is launched on Amazon India on 8th July, Wednesday. Amazon has already created a dedicated page for the new XPS series laptops.
Which Dell XPS Models Numbers are Latest 2020?
Before we share details about the new models, there are Intel 10th Gen Dell XPS models available that are actually from last year.
- Dell XPS 2019 Models Are – Dell XPS 7390 (13 Inch) and the Dell XPS (7590) – both these models are from last year and I am sad to see some buyers fooled by the seller on Amazon and other websites showing images of new 2020 models and passing these as latest models.
- Dell XPS 2020 Models are – XPS 9300 (13 Inch Model), XPS 15 (9500) and XPS 17 (9700). (Intel 10th Gen Processors.
- Dell XPS 2020 (Late September) XPS 9310 13 Inch – Powered by the Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake Processors.
So, be careful about the model numbers when buying the Dell XPS. They are still selling some models which are 2-3 years old.
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9310) Launched With Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake Processors (Not Yet available in India)
Update – 28th September 2020
Dell has refreshed the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 model with the new Intel Tiger Lake 11th Gen processors.
The company will likely refresh the Dell XPS 13 and the XPS 15 with the new Tiger lake processors as there is no point selling them with the 10th Gen Intel processors.
Dell launched the new Dell XPS 13 and 15 less than two months back in India and I am sure in the next 2-3 months a refresh is coming to these notebooks as well.
The XPS 13 9310 2-in-1 was not launched in India but is available for purchase in several other countries.
So What’s new with the XPS 13 9310 2-in-1?
It comes with the new Intel Core 11th Gen processors – Core i3-1115G4, Core i5-1135G7, and Core i7-1165G7 with the new Intel Xe graphics that offers 2X the performance of the Intel UHD used with the 10th gen processors.
The Ram is non-expandable and can be configured from 8 GB to 32 GB and comes with a 4267 MHz clock speed. It is one of the fastest rams we have seen on any laptop.
You can opt for NVMe SSD storage starting from 256 GB to 1 TB depending on your requirements.
The laptop comes with a 16:10, 13.4-inch display with either FHD or UHD panel offering a max 500 nits brightness and 100% sRGB color gamut.
Furthermore, it comes with WIFI 6, Thunderbolt 4, Bluetooth 5.1, 3.5 mm headphone jack, and 51 WHr battery capacity.
The laptop will go on sale starting 30th September in the US and will be available for a starting price of $1249.9.
Dell XPS 13 (9310) with Intel 11th Gen processor launched in India – Specs and Price:
New Dell XPS 13 is launched in India with the latest 11th Gen Intel Tiger Lake processor. The XPS 13 was updated with the new Intel processors back in September, but it’s now gone on sale in the Indian market.
The Core-i5 variant is already listed on Amazon India whereas, the Core-i7 variant will be available from January 2021.
However, the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is still not launched in India.
Specification for Dell XPS 13:
The 13.4-inch non-touchscreen laptop comes with an FHD (1920*1200 pixels) display that moves up to 4K (Ultra HD) resolution. The virtually borderless infinity-edge display has a taller 16:10 aspect ratio, superb 500 nits of brightness, and 100% sRGB color gamut. It supports Dolby Vision.
If you buy the Core-i7 variant then you’ll get an option up to 3840*2400 pixels touch-enabled display with 90% P3 coverage.
The XPS i5 variant packs 8GB LPDDR4X RAM (4266 MHz) and 512 GB SSD storage. The highest version goes up to 16 GB RAM DDr4 Ram (4266 Mhz) and 1 TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD. It comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Pro operating system.
Processor – The base variant comes with the 11th Gen Intel Core i5 1135G7 Processor with 4 cores and 8 thread design and it offers 8MB Cache and up to 4.2 GHz) of Boost core speed.
The higher version comes with the top of the line Intel 11th Generation Core i7-1185G7 Processor with 12MB Cache, 4 Cores and 8 threads, and up to 4.8 GHz.
The XPS 13 comes with the new and faster Intel Iris Xe graphics cards and offers up to 50% more GPU performance than the last-gen GPUs.
Also, these are Intel Evo certified, signifying the highest quality standards.
The connectivity option comes with Killer Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. It has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, microSD card slot, and two Thunderbolt 4 ports.
It packs a 52Wh battery that claims to have 15 hours of lifespan. The keyboard is backlit chiclet with a fingerprint scanner. It handles Dual 2.5W speakers supported by Tunes and has an improved webcam.
The non-touch XPS 13 model weighs 1.2 kg and measures a dimension of 295.7 * 198.7 * 14.8 mm.
Price and Availability:
It offers two color options with Platinum Silver with Black Carbon Fiber palm rest and Frost with arctic white woven glass fiber palm rest. The i5 variant is available from Amazon India and selected Dell exclusive stores.
Dell XPS 13 9310 starts with INR 1,55,000 for the Core-i5-1135G7 model whereas the higher Core i7 version is available for Rs. 215,000.
How is the pricing in my opinion?
It is stupidly high. Dell seems crazy to offer these at such a higher premium. Looking at Apple MacBook Air M1 available for nearly half the price, it is hard to recommend these unless you don’t want to use the OSX.
For Windows users, this is the Cadillac of laptops and if money is not the consideration these are pretty good when it comes to doing work.
Latest Dell XPS Series 2020 – What’s New
Dell has sought to make some major changes to its XPS series of laptops. The computer giant has decided to expand its notebook portfolio by launching the most awaited XPS 13, XPS 15, and XPS 17. This year we have got an all-new Dell XPS 17 which was not there until last year.
All the three latest versions of Dell XPS 13, Dell XPS 15, and Dell XPS 17 provide striking bezel-less displays with 4k resolution thus making them outstanding choices for those who rely on solid tasks like spreadsheets, coding, videography, graphic design, and photography, among others.
With the updates in design, Dell has decided to opt for USB-C and 16:10 displays across its key XPS laptops. The leading company has sought to abandon the legacy ports.
Dell XPS laptops are also available in the 2-in-1 design but the refresh for 2020 is yet to happen for the line-up.
So if you are planning to buy a premium laptop in the days to come but grappling with some confusion about which one to buy, here is some insight at what each XPS laptop may offer you. It will help you decide which XPS laptop will meet your entire requirement precisely:
Dell XPS 13 (9300) 2020 Model
Dell XPS 13 has emerged as one of the most portable laptops. It weighs barely 2.8 pounds (1.2 Kg)for the non-touch version.
The battery life of XPS 13 can last for up to 18 hours, as per Dell. For practical day to day use we can expect it to last over 12 hours with a mixed workload. The laptop comes with a 52 Whr battery and has a 45 Watts Charger for quick charging using USB Type C port.
The highlight of the Dell XPS 13 is its incredibly compact design that allows fitting a 13-inch screen in a body that can usually accommodate an 11-inch display. Dell achieves this with very thin bezels on all sides.
The Windows 10 laptop comes with a 13.40-inch display and has up to UHD+( 3,840 x 2,400 pixels) resolution with peak 500 nits maximum brightness and has a 91.5% screen to body ratio.
When it comes to its performance, it is packed with Intel 10thGen Ice Lake processor and Iris Plus graphics.
According to reports, it is expected to fulfill most of the requirements of users. It has been backed by a Core i5 processor along with 8GB of RAM. Meanwhile, the laptop packs 512 GB of SSD storage.
The graphics of Dell XPS 13 have been powered by Intel Integrated Intel UHD Graphics. Also, there is an Intel Core i7 model that comes with Intel Iris Plus graphics.
There is no dedicated GPU from Nvidia on the 13 Inch model and it is strictly for office or entertainment use. You can run photoshop or few lightweight applications but it is no match for the 15-inch model.
It offers 3 USB ports (2xUSB 3.0), Multi Card Slot ports, and HDMI Port.
For connectivity options, it includes Wi-Fi 6 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 5.1. The laptop is quite travel-friendly. It has become an ideal choice if you desire something that can be easily held in a bag while you are traveling.
Price in the US – The base model of the Dell XPS 13 is available for $999 in the US and comes with an Intel Core i3 1005G1 processor (not launched in India), 8 GB of Ram and 256 GB of SSD storage space. Also, there is an Intel Core i5 model that you can buy for $1049 and which I think is a better deal than going with a Core i3.
Next, there are two Core i7 Models that come with the 10th Gen 1065G7 processor, 16 GB of Ram, and up to 2 TB of SSD starting at $1399. The cheaper models have FHD display whereas the higher models get a 4K display. Of course, you can customize the configuration as per your preferences.
Price in India
In India, there are two models available for the XPS 13 (9300)
The first one has the 10th Generation 10th Gen Intel Ci5-1035G1 Processor (4C/4T), FHD+ display ( 1920 x 1200 pixels), 500 nits brightness, non-touch, 60 Hz) with 8 GB of Ram (2933 Mhz), and 512 GB SSD priced at Rs. 1,44,990. (The 8 GB ram seems low in this price range). This model is available in the US for close to $1249 or Rs. 96,000.
The second has the 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10510U Processor (4 Cores and 8 threads), UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-Nit display, 16 GB of Ram (2933 MHz), and 512 GB SSD priced at Rs. 2,10,990. (Dell – at least bundle 16 GB ram in this price range).
The price is eye-watering high for the Dell XPS laptops in India. The mark-up is over 40%+ in comparison to the US.
Who Should Buy the Dell XPS 13?
Why buy a Dell XPS when you can buy any affordable laptop, maybe at 50% of the price?
The Dell XPS offers a thin design, high-quality color-accurate display, ergonomic keyboard, fast performance, and reliability.
It is worth the investment for the next 5-6 years and you also get a high-performance compact machine for office work or even consuming multimedia.
Next, we have the Dell XPS 15, which comes with a larger display and offers more performance.
Dell XPS 15 (9500) – 2020 Models
The Dell XPS 15 is more expensive than the XPS 13 and comes with powerful hardware.
The XPS 15 boasts of a 15.6-inch InfinityEdge display with a 16:10 aspect ratio.
The stunning laptop is available in 3840×2400 pixels with Touch Screen and 1920×1200 pixels resolution model with a non-touchscreen option. Protecting the display is Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and comes with a 16:10 aspect ratio which is better for productivity.
The displays are really bright and have upto 500 nits of maximum brightness.
It features a 10th generation Intel Core i5-10300H in the base variant that scales up to the 10th generation Intel Core i7-10750H. Notably, the H series processors are way more powerful than the G series used in the XPS 13.
So far, the XPS 15 in the US is available with the 10th Gen Core i7-10750H which comes with 6 Cores, 12 MB Cache, and up to 5.0 GHz clock speed and has a higher TDP up to 45 Watts.
Further, the graphics prowess is better from last year as new models come with the GTX 1650Ti instead of the GTX 1650 in the last year. There is 4 GB of GDDR6 memory to ensure that you can do all graphics-heavy tasks with ease.
Storage, RAM, and Connectivity
Interestingly, Dell XPS 15 model offered 1TB of PCIe 3 SSD storage. However, customers may also opt for up to 512GB of SSD storage options as per their requirements.
This year we are getting either 16 GB or 32 GB of DDR4 ram with 2933 Mhz clock speed.
The XPS 15 is equipped with a dual microphone array. Its connectivity options may include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.0, and USB Type-C 3.1.
Also, it has got a 720P HD webcam that can do the job but is not as good as some of the stand-alone webcams that you can buy and use with a USB port.
Battery Life and Other Features
The laptop also features a 3.5mm headphone jack. It offers a 56 Whr battery on the non-touch version while it goes up to 86 Whr on the touchscreen model. Dell claims you can get up to 24 hours of battery life with the FHD+ model and 13 Hours with the UHD model.
The most notable upgrade for Dell XPS 15 model includes the latest speaker placement that you may notice on the dock beside the keyboard.
The 2020 upgrade has an improved audio experience when compared with its predecessors that contained speakers underneath the keyboard.
The XPS 15 is one of the lightest 15-inch laptops and weighs 1.83 kg for the non-touchscreen version and 2.05 Kg for the touch screen variant. The dimensions of the laptop are 344.72×230.14x18mm.
Dell XPS 15’s display has already emerged as world-class and the latest design has significantly removed the bottom bezel thus creating an enthralling viewing experience.
Price for Dell XPS 15 in the US and India
The price for the DELL XPS 15 starts at 1,299 USD and goes up to a whopping $2,499.
The price in India starts at Rs. 1,86,990 and can go up to Rs. 2,48,990 which is insanely high and comparable to the 16 Inch MacBook Pro.
This year Dell is introducing a new Dell XPS 17 that comes with a larger display and superior thermal design. Dell has launched the new XPS 17 in India and is already available for purchase.
Dell XPS 17 (9700) 2020 Model
In terms of hardware, Dell XPS 17 has got some resemblance with the just-launched XPS 15 model.
The display panel of Dell XPS 17 has 4K UHD. It is equipped with a touchscreen, full High Definition, and non-touch options.
The buyers will get a 17-inch InfinityEdge display along with a Dolby Vision support, and 94 percent DCI-P3 color gamut.
The price of the laptop starts at approximately Rs. 209,990 or USD 1499 for the base variant.
The laptop is available with a maximum of 2TB PCIe 3 SSD storage. Some of the major features of the latest laptop may include its excellent battery life and spectacular bezel-less 4k display. It also showcases a full-size SD card reader. The interior of XPS 17 contains a black carbon fiber weave and when it is joined with the platinum silver aluminum exterior it will help in keeping XPS 17 looking good for years.
The laptop has 1.5 W tweeters and two 2.5 W woofers. It has also been modified with Waves MaxxAudio Pro and Waves Nx 3D audio technologies.
When it comes to the connectivity of the laptop, it has got a Wi-Fi 6, four Thunderbolt 3 pots, Bluetooth v5.0, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Dell XPS 17 is available with a USB Type-C to USB-A 3.0, and HDMI 2.0 adaptor.
More Battery and More Performance
It offers users a huge 97Whr battery. The laptop weighs approximately 2.51 kg and measures 374.45×248.05×19.5mm.
Users will get 10th-generation Intel Core i9-10885H processor options. In terms of RAM, you may go from 8GB TO 64GB of RAM sans any hassle.
The base version of the Dell XPS 17 will come with the Intel Core i5-10300H Quad-core CPU, with up to 4.5GHz clock speed.
Mid-range XPS 17 has a 6 Core Intel Core i7-10750H with a maximum clock speed of 5 GHz. Also, there is a 5.1 GHz, 8 Intel Core i7-10875H processor.
The Indian variant listed on the Amazon India website is available for Rs. 2,27,990 for the Core i7 version, GTX 1650 Ti with 16 GB of Ram, FHD+ Display and 1 TB SSD.
Max Performance With Intel Core i9 Processor
Finally, the XPS 17 maxes out with the latest Intel Core i9-10885H, a monstrous 8 processor that offers an insane 5.3 GHz boost clock.
Also, the Dell XPS 17 comes with the more powerful Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics card that offers up to 25% superior performance than the GTX 1660Ti.
The Dell XPS 17 is a true rival for the latest 16 Inch Apple MacBook Pro that comes with an 8 Core processor and is ideal for content creators.
Undoubtedly, the XPS 17 is a mean machine that packs a lot of power and is an ideal addition if you want the best in the class of everything and have deep pockets to afford it.
Dell has claimed that XPS 17 will offer users 20 hours of battery life and comes with a massive 97 WHr battery capacity.
Who Should Buy the Dell XPS 17?
In crux, the laptop provides users with top-end performance along with stunning battery life and outstanding display.
If you are keen to overlook an external display and just desire a vast workspace, you can purchase Dell XPS 17. It offers incredible performance along with stunning battery life and an excellent display.
Summary – Comparison Dell XPS 13 Vs XPS 15 Vs XPS 17
|Key Specifications||Dell XPS 13||Dell XPS 15||Dell XPS 17|
|Display size||13.30 inch||15.6 inch||17.00-inch|
|Display resolution||Up to3200x1800 pixels||Upto 4K (3840*2400)||Upto 4K (3840*2400)|
|OS||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10|
|Processor||10th Intel Core i7 1065G7||Up to Intel Core i7-10750H||Up to Intel Core i9-10885H|
|Processor Core Count||up to 4||Up to 6||Up to 8|
|Graphics Card||Intel HD Graphics||Nvidia GTX 1650Ti||Nvidia RTX 2060|
|Weight||1.29 kg||1.83 kg||2.11 kg|
Wish List: Dell XPS Powered By Ryzen 4000
This year it is the first time, I have seen in the last 20 years that we have a better laptop processor from AMD in comparison to Intel.
If there is a flaw in the new Dell XPS laptops it is the missing AMD processors. Had Dell used AMD Ryzen 4000 series they could have made a machine that would offer higher multi-core performance, better battery life, and less heating.
Considering that there will be several models from other manufacturers that will use these processors – the Dell XPS may not seem attractive from a performance perspective. For instance, the new Asus Zephyrus G14 offers incredible performance using the Ryzen 4800 HS.
For Dell, there may be contracts with Intel to use their processors. Let’s hope that they are able to use a Ryzen processor in the near future and offer a faster, quieter, and cooler machine.
Written By – Renu Baliyan