Dell’s XPS Laptop Lineup Is Undergoing A Significant Transformation

The Dell XPS laptop series is undergoing an important evolution, but it seems major because of the larger computers and…

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Posted: January 4, 2024

The Dell XPS laptop series is undergoing an important evolution, but it seems major because of the larger computers and the completely redesigned XPS portfolio. The 14-inch XPS will replace the touchbar-equipped Dell XPS Plus laptop, but the 13-inch model is still available. Additionally, a new 16-inch XPS laptop will be released to replace the 15- and 17-inch models.

Slightly larger computers have a lot of advantages, such as more internal space. Sometimes, that translates to larger batteries; for example, the 14-inch XPS has a 69.5WHr battery, while the XPS 13 and the XPS Plus from last year had a 55WHr battery. That should assist with the battery life, one of the XPS Plus’s main problems. Having additional space in these laptops also means having more room for fans and discrete graphics, which is why Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 4050 will be available for the XPS 14. It will also come with a 4TB SSD, an Intel Core Ultra 7 165H CPU, and up to 64GB of RAM. Those who choose discrete graphics will also see a specification increase for the power adapter—which will now be a 100W charger instead of the 60W one.

Sadly, because of its increased power, it weighs more than the XPS Plus, which has an optional OLED display and a maximum weight of 2.77 pounds. When the optional OLED display is installed, the XPS 14 will weigh 3.8 pounds. Although the XPS 14 will be exciting for people, more people will want to discuss the XPS 16, which takes the place of the XPS 15 and XPS 17. As far as I can tell, the goal is to provide you with the benefits of less bulk while still giving you enough screen real estate to rival the 17-inch model.

Up to 64GB RAM, 4TB SSD, Intel Core Ultra 9 185H processor, and Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 with 8GB GDDR6 will be compatible. Due to the potential for increased power, it also requires a large battery (99.5WHr) and charger (130W USB-C), weighing 4.8 pounds when the 16.3-inch 4K OLED version is chosen. With the OLED option enabled, the XPS 17 weighed 5.37 pounds and had a smaller battery (97WHr). It should, therefore, feel like a more agile device, provided you don’t mind the smaller screen.
Starting at $1,299 (US), the XPS 13 will cost $1,699, the XPS 14 at $1,699, and the XPS 16 at $1,899. Although Dell has not stated when they would be accessible, past performance would indicate within the next few months.

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