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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  • HStewart - Friday, January 04, 2019 - link

    8th Month Update

    My XPS 15 2in1 - has 16G memory, 512SD and 4k screen

    Relative no problems in hardware - except interesting bios update where TB ports lost support - but I was able to get fix with any repairs - via support.

    Software compatibility, newer games appears to work - but hold games have trouble - but this maybe something in common with AMD based cards - or could be something in general with DX12 cards

    Professional graphics applications appear to not detected GPU - too well - especially VUE 2016, also Steam VR test utility - it does not recognized the card and uses the Integrated gpu. Also Photoshop CS 5 had screen issues - too small fonts - but I believe this is a common 4k problem.

    The portability is not as good as my XPS 13 2in1 but the speed is fastest machine in my house. It is amazing that you have so much power in a machine this thin. I used it connected to my LG38U88 Ultra Wide monitor and it great.
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  • HStewart - Friday, January 04, 2019 - link

    TB issue - was because driver / bias update and was fixed with reload of drivers/bios update - possibly because I had it hook up to docking station - lost connection and charging

    No problems with TB - only things is that most USB-C charging docs don't work because laptop needs more power.
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