Dell’s XPS 15 2-in-1

Earlier this year Dell introduced its first 15.6-inch 2-in-1 convertible PC targeting people who need a relatively big screen in a relatively unorthodox form-factor. The XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575) runs Intel’s 8th Generation Core i5/i7 processors with Radeon RX Vega M GL GPU, thus offering a combination of rather interesting features and uses cases. As a part of its Spring 2018 Update, the company announced availability of the products as well as their final specs and prices.

Just like its non-convertible XPS 15 brother, the XPS 15 2-in-1 comes in 16 mm thick CNC-machined aluminum chassis featuring a carbon fiber composite palm rest. The systems also happen to use similar 15.6-inch 400-nits anti-glare InfinityEdge display panels: an FHD IPS supporting 100% of the sRGB color gamut as well as a 4K UHD IPS panel covering 100% of the sRGB color gamut. Obviously, in case of the convertible, both panels support 10-point multi touch technology and are compatible with Dell’s Active Pen using Wacom AES2.0 technology. Similarities between the two products that formally belong to the same family end here.

The XPS 15 2-in-1 model 9575 is based on quad-core Intel Core i5/i7 CPUs featuring on-package Radeon RX Vega M GL GPUs with 4 GB of HBM2 memory. These graphics processors are supposed to deliver noticeably more graphics oomph than the GeForce GTX 1050/1050 Ti used inside the XPS 15 (more on that one in a bit), thus clearly separating positioning of the systems, making the convertible more suitable for gamers and somewhat entering the Alienware territory. By contrast, the new XPS 15 can be equipped with a six-core Core i7/i9 CPU as well as 32 GB of faster DDR4-2666 memory (the convertible comes with up to 16 GB of DDR4-2400), delivering higher performance in professional non-GPU-accelerated applications. Storage sub-system of the XPS 15 2-in-1 model 9575 only uses M.2 SSDs featuring a PCIe x4 3.0 interface and 256 GB – 1 TB capacity (the cheapest model with a SATA drive was listed originally, but it is not sold), no hybrid storage options are offered.

Since the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is a convertible PC, it has sensors commonly found inside tablets, including gyroscope, magnetometer, and an accelerometer. Meanwhile, physical connectivity of the system resembles that of regular laptops: it has two Thunderbolt 3 ports (so, if everything is implemented properly, they carry four DP 1.2 streams), two USB 3.1 Type-C headers, a micro-SD card reader, and a TRRS audio jack. It is noteworthy that the XPS 15 2-in-1 has exactly the same set of ports as a modern MacBook Pro 13” (keep in mind that its right-side TB3 ports don’t have enough PCIe bandwidth and while they support feature set of TB3, performance-vise they are USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C headers). When it comes to wireless I/O, the XPS 15 2-in-1 features two options: Rivet’s Killer 1435 2×2 802.11ac  WiFi + Bluetooth 4.1 controller, or Intel’s Wirless-AC 8265 device, also 2×2 with vPro.

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575) Base Configurations
  Core i5-8305G Core i7-8705G
CPU Intel Core i5-8305G
2.8 GHz - 3.8 GHz
65 W TDP
Core i7-8705G
3.1 GHz - 4.1 GHz
65 W TDP
GPU Radeon RX Vega M GL Radeon RX Vega M GL
Memory 8-16 GB DDR4-2400 RAM (on board)
32 GB will be supported post RTS
Display 15.6" IPS
400 cd/m² brightness
1500:1 contrast ratio
10-point multi touch
15.6" IPS
Adobe RGB
400 cd/m² brightness
1500:1 contrast ratio
10-point multi touch
Storage 128 GB SATA SSD (originally listed, not offered),
Networking Killer 1435 Wireless-AC 2x2 + Bluetooth 4.1
Intel Wireless-AC 8265 2x2 + Bluetooth 4.1
I/O 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C with PowerShare
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C w/Thunderbolt 3 (4 lanes PCIe)
MicroSD card reader
TRRS audio jack
720p webcam
Sensors Gyroscope, eCompass/magnetometer, accelerometer/FFS
Dimensions Height: 9-16 mm | 0.36 - 0.63 inches
Width: 354 mm | 13.9 inches
Depth: 235 mm | 9.5 inches
Weight 2 kg | 4.36 lbs
Battery 75 Wh
Price $1500+

Dell’s XPS 15 2-in-1 systems in grey and brushed onyx colors are now available from at $1500 - $2200 price-points.

Alienware Laptops: 15R4 and 17R5 XPS 15 (9570) with Coffee Lake
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  • willis936 - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - link

    I must be missing something. Was the page on monitors taken from 2015?
  • Ian Cutress - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - link

    They're being marketed for the office use rather than gaming. They're being marketed as Dell's first office-focused monitors with InfinityEdge.
  • James5mith - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - link

    Wouldn't Dell's first InifintyEdge monitors for office use be the Ultrasharp series from last year?

    Or even the refresh from this year?
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - link

    Ultrasharp is a semi-premium brand. S is intended for more cost conscious business customers. OTOH last years S2318 looks like it's infinity edge in all but branding (and maybe 1mm in bezel size); and is in the same product family as these. I assume the same is true for other 2018 S series displays but didn't look any of them up.

    So I'm assuming the onlything new is that they're using the infinity edge branding more widely.
  • Valantar - Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - link

    The U2415 that I'm reading this on (yes, I'm at the office, but at least it's my lunch break :p ) sure looks InfinityEdgy enough for me. Pretty sweet monitor, truth be told, significantly better looking than my old beater U2711 at home. Still kind of miss the extra 240 vertical pixels, but the lack of bezels somehow makes the smaller panel size more palatable. Doesn't really make sense to me, but that's my experience anyhow.

    But yeah, this is definitely premium-ish. Non-premium monitors don't come with color calibration certificates in the box.
  • Tams80 - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - link

    What active pen technology is it on the XPS 15 2-in-1? Wacom AES? Microsoft's (N-trig)? Amtel? Synaptics? Come on Anandtech!

    Also, no normal USB ports, a microSD card reader (not full size), and only 100 nits?! Wtf Dell?!
  • Ian Cutress - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - link

    Sorry, we're rushing to get things done here and some stuff sometimes gets missed. It's WACOM AES 2.0, and it should be 400 nits - that one was a typo.
  • satai - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - link

    XPS 15 could be a nice device if an option of 6C but without NVidia existed :-/
  • HStewart - Thursday, April 5, 2018 - link

    That would be a good option for someone who can lived with integrated GPU performance but desires higher core count. Most business related applications don't need high end GPU.
  • truemoid - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - link

    Any news of a Precision Mobile refresh with new processors?

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