LAS VEGAS, NV — Dell’s updated XPS 15 2-in-1 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. Video output will be handled by a single DisplayPort header. 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 × Type-C (via TB3)
3.0 3 × Type-A
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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  • Ikefu - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    I'm really curious where the onboard Vega GPU compares to the Geforce 1050 option currently available. Reply
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    nominal performance numbers put the 65W part on par with a 1050 Ti and the 100W one with a 1060. AMD's claimed gaming benches have it beating those cards by reasonable thresholds but I take any hardware vendors benches with large grains of salt; even if AMD was cherry picking games and settings though they should be competitive at those levels. For laptop gaming beyond that initial threshold thermal management decisions by the OEM matter at least as much as the raw hardware specs. Reply
  • Azix - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    werent those intels numbers? not AMD Reply
  • HStewart - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    This is not the same as the normal XPS 15 2in1 - it is lower performance in both CPU and GPU.

    But not having NVidia GPU in such a class machine is a deal killer for me.
    Reply
  • piesquared - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    It's a deal MAKER for me. Reply
  • HStewart - Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - link

    Application compatibility, I love the features of this tablet - biggest concern is the Vega GPU. Reply
  • KateH - Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - link

    3rd-party benchmarks aren't out yet, but information supplied by Intel suggests around GTX 1060 levels of performance. Reply
  • danwat1234 - Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - link

    @KateH , not for this laptop. The i7-8705g uses the weaker of the two AMD GPUs. The Vega GL not the GH. So 2.6TFlops instead of 3.7TFlops of the GH and ~4TFlops of the 1060.
    So a bit faster than a nVidia 1050.
    Could pay more and get a MSI GS63VR 4 pound laptop with a 1070 max-q.
    Reply
  • HStewart - Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - link

    I found the following link and it gives some more information about performance

    https://hothardware.com/news/intel-8th-generation-...

    I personally think it would be best to wait for 2nd generation of this technology - I believe that most of credit can be attributive to Intel's "Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB)" but keep in mind these comparison are only being compared to NVidia's low end graphics card.

    It would be interesting to see NVidia 1050 using the same "Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB)" which if possible likely would be different story.
    Reply
  • 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

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