LAS VEGAS, NV — Dell’s XPS 15 2-in-1 model 9575 will use the 8th Generation Intel Core processor along with Radeon RX Vega M graphics using the Kaby Lake- G series CPUs. This combination of Intel processing power and AMD Vega mobile graphics should yield improved performance over previous solutions and allow for parts to shrink as more are combined on the SoC. With this, Dell is calling the XPS 15 the most powerful 15-inch 2-in-1 as well as the smallest and thinnest 15.6-inch 2-in-1 due to its InfinityEdge display allowing for extremely small bezels and an overall thickness measuring in at 16mm.

The new XPS 15 2-in-1 will use one of two available processors in the i5-8305G (quad-core boosts to 3.8 GHz) or the upgraded i7-8705G (quad-core w/HT boosting 4.1 GHz). Each processor has an AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics chip on it with 4GB of HBM2 RAM. Clock speeds of the GPU were not mentioned. Memory options range from 8-16GB of dual-channel DDR4 running at 2400 MHz. The updated XPS has two-panel options as well - either a 15.6-inch Ultrasharp 4K UHD InfinityEdge touch display or an FHD (1920x1080) InfinityEdge touch display with both able to reproduce 100% sRGB.  

Internal storage options will range from 128GB SATA SSD, to 256GB-1TB PCIe based SSDs. External ports include two Thunderbolt 3 ports and two USB-C 3.1. Additionally, it integrates a microSD card reader, headset jack, and a noble lock slot. Battery life was also improved and is said to be around 15 hours. Last, the wireless capabilities are handled by the Killer 1435 802.11ac (2T2R) + Bluetooth 4.1 along with an Intel 8265 device, also 2T2R, with vPro.

New to the XPS 15 2-in-1  is a maglev keyboard which uses magnets instead of mechanical or membrane-based keyboards. While a specific mechanical key wasn’t listed for an analog to compare to, they did mention it does give tactile feedback. It will be interesting to review and test out the maglev keys.

The new XPS 15 2-in-1 will be available in the Spring of 2018 with pricing start at $1299.99. 

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 Specifications
Display 15.6" Ultrasharp 4K UHD (3840x2160) InfinityEdge Touch Display w/100% Adobe RGB
or
15.6" FHD (1920x1080) Infinity Edge Touch Display w/100% sRGB
CPU Intel's 8th Generation Kaby Lake-G Processors
i5-8305G quad core with Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics (6MB cache, 3.8 GHz)
or
i7 8705G quad core + HT with Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics (8MB Cache, to 4.1 GHz)
Graphics Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics
RAM 8-16GB Dual Channel DDR4 2400
Storage 128GB, 256GB PCIe, 512GB PCIe, 1TB PCIe SSD
Wi-Fi Killer 1435  802.11ac (2T/2R) + Bluetooth 4.1
Intel 8265 802.11ac (2T/2R) for Vpro + Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1
WWAN N/A
Thunderbolt 2 × USB Type-C TB3 ports
USB 3.1 2 × USB Type-C with PowerShare
3.0 -
HDMI None
GbE N/A
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Webcam 720p webcam with 4 array digital microphones; Windows Hello compliant IR camera for Windows Hello
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack, trackpad, card reader, etc.
Battery 75Whr
Battery Life ~15 hours with FHD LCD
Thickness 9-16 mm (0.35" - 0.62”)
Weight Starting at 1.97 kilograms / 4.3 lbs

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  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    Am I reading this correctly that there will be both a wireless Killer NIC and a wireless Intel NIC in the system? It sort of looks that way which makes it a strange configuration. Reply
  • CheapSushi - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    I think the new Killer NICs are Intel IC powered. So you basically get a router function software wise in the stack with the Killer. Not a bad thing. Reply
  • Zeratul56 - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    Certainly an interesting device. It is probably very similar footprint to the 2026 15” MacBook. Having the same performance and similar io and costs quite a bit less. More information will be needed about this laptop for sure. Reply
  • HStewart - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    I wish they had option for such 2in1 with a NVidia GPU instead of Vega GPU - Hopefully in 2018 Intel will work with NVidia with such option in same package - and give uses that option. Professional Graphics programs work with NVidia GPU's better in my experience. Reply
  • bolkhov - Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - link

    "USB 3.0 3 × Type-A" -- seems to be a mistake.
    All other sources mention 2x TB3 plus 2x USB-C only, with NO type-A.
    And videos show 2x Type-C on each side, with no Type-As.
    Reply
  • CxohV - Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - link

    4 type-C and no type-A, not so good. Also I'm interested if it can hackintosh. Reply
  • HStewart - Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - link

    One correction about this article that should be made - this is not an "Update", Dell has never made a XPS 15 2in1 -the 2in1 is 13 in and all XPS 15 have been regular notebook form factor.

    The biggest news about this 2in1 is actually related to keyboard - it uses something new with magnetics
    Reply
  • HStewart - Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - link

    A couple of other things I notice as own of Dell XPS 13 2in1

    1. The stylus pen will likely be extra cost
    2. It battery life is longer ( larger battery ) and CPU speed is more that exiting U processors

    At $1299 this 2in1 is suppressing cheap especially with it having basically a supercharge U based mobile CPU. AMD must not be getting much money from Intel on Deal - especially with lower clock 8550U cost $409 and with out external graphics - a dell XPS 13 with 8550U and 1920x1080 is $150 cheaper - Intel does not have official price of chip combo on ARK yet.
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  • HStewart - Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - link

    I been thinking about getting one of these notebooks when they come out this spring - I been reading up and very impressed with functionality - but my biggest concern is the graphics of unit. How compatible Vega M with older games and applications. It is compatible with older Radeon GPU and which ones. My biggest concern with Vega graphics is compatibility - especially with applications that run with NVidia. But I be honest, it over a decade I try using Radeon graphics and that was back with original ATI cards. Reply
  • HStewart - Thursday, March 29, 2018 - link

    I notice on Dell's site that XPS 15 2in1 is available for purchase. The prices are more expensive that originally noted base price is $1499 and one I order with 16G memory i7 512G storage and 4K video was just under $2500.

    I like the specs on this 2in1 and I have not try AMD GPU's in over a decade - so I decided to give it a chance. I really like CPU on this thing - it should be significantly faster than my Lenovo Y50.
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