Dell XPS 15 2019: what we need to see

Back when the Dell XPS 15 2018 launched, it was packed to the brim with Eighth-generation H-series processors, quick...

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Dell XPS 15 2019: what we want to see

Back when the Dell XPS 15 2018 launched, it was packed to the brim with Eighth-generation H-series processors, quick SSDs and a few attractive shows. And, it’s nonetheless among the finest laptops in 2019. 

But, now that Whiskey Lake is obtainable, and Nvidia’s Turing graphics structure is powering among the greatest gaming laptops, we thought it was the right time to concoct a want checklist for what we need to see within the Dell XPS 15 2019. No matter what the result’s, it’s going to be method quicker than the present mannequin. 

Beyond sure features of the Dell XPS 13 2019 that we predict will carry over, just like the webcam, we don’t know a lot in regards to the Dell XPS 15 2019 proper now. However, we are able to nonetheless do some hypothesis, crafting a sort-of wishlist of what we need to see within the subsequent XPS 15. So, hold this web page bookmarked, and we’ll replace it simply as quickly as we hear something.

Cut to the chase 

  • What is it? The 2019 model of the Dell XPS 15 
  • When is it out? Likely Q1 2019 
  • What will it price? Probably beginning round $1,059 (£1,179 AU$1,699) 

Dell XPS 15 launch date 

It’s too early to attempt to level out an actual Dell XPS 15 2019 launch date, however as an alternative we’ll look to the previous to attempt to predict the longer term. Things may shift a bit by hook or by crook, however the subsequent Intel cellular platform is right here, so it’s solely a matter of time. We’ll most likely begin to see motion as soon as Intel will get its supply issues under control.

Over the previous few years, the Dell XPS 15 has had a little bit of an uneven launch historical past. While the Dell XPS 15 2018 got here out in May of 2018, previous XPS 15 fashions haven’t been completely constant.

In February 2017, we acquired the Dell XPS 15 2017, however earlier than that, the 2015 mannequin dropped in October. It’s sort of everywhere, and it may imply we’ve to attend a really very long time for the subsequent one. However, we’re certain that if a ton of latest {hardware} comes out, Dell might be shut behind with a {hardware} refresh for the Dell XPS 15.

Dell XPS 15 worth 

The present XPS 15 begins out at $1,059 (£1,179, AU$1,699) for a quad-core, Eighth-generation Intel Core i5 chip, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB 5,400 RPM arduous drive. However, you possibly can spec it out for as much as $2,959 (£2,279, AU$3,999) for a Core i9, 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD.

Dell will most likely observe the identical pricing development as the present mannequin for the XPS 15 2019 – deliver out an entry-level pocket book for about $1,050 and let customers configure it nonetheless they need. However, we may see Dell elevating the worth a bit for the entry mannequin, because it has for the previous few years – plus, pc {hardware} retains getting dearer.

Again, we received’t know what the pricing goes to be till we get nearer to launch, so keep tuned.

What need to see from Dell XPS 15 2019 

The Dell XPS 15 is already one of many best Ultrabooks you should purchase as we speak, however that doesn’t imply it doesn’t have room to enhance. So, we went forward and created a wishlist of issues we need to see from the Dell XPS 15 2019, to actually elevate it into the laptop computer stratosphere.

Better cooling
The largest disadvantage that the Dell XPS 15 has confronted for the previous few years is the thermal limitations launched from its more and more thinner designs. Don’t get us flawed, we love having such a transportable pocket book with this a lot horsepower behind it, however should you’re doing a variety of video enhancing or different workstation-class duties, the Dell XPS 15 2018 doubtless received’t final very lengthy. 

Because the Dell XPS 15 is a high-end machine, we’d like to see a cooling design that, effectively, retains it cool. If it comes at the price of maintaining the identical thinness as this years mannequin, and even thickening it up a bit, we may stay with that – it’s already simple to hold round, we simply don’t need to thermal throttle anymore.

More ports
For a 15-inch laptop computer, the 2018 Dell XPS 15 is a bit gentle on port choice. It’s extra strong than the MacBook Pro, because it really options USB Type-A and an SD card reader. But, for a laptop computer with this spec and dimension, we’d like to see some Ethernet and perhaps even a DisplayPort. We know, we’re getting into the age of the dongle – we’d similar to to see a bit extra flexibility out of such a premium machine.

Move that webcam
At this level, it sort of feels like we’re beating a lifeless horse, however that webcam has acquired to maneuver. Nobody who makes use of their webcam frequently for video conferencing, and even the occasional hangout with associates, goes to understand a webcam that perpetually gazes up their noses.

It’s not a super scenario for both finish of the dialog, and it even makes Windows Hello sort of a ache. Luckily, it seems like Dell might have figured it out – the brand new Dell XPS 13 has moved the chin-cam up into the highest bezel due to some sort of shrinking magic. Hopefully, this tiny little digital camera finds its method into the Dell XPS 15 2019. 

Unlimited energy
We know that we simply talked about Dell’s thermal resolution, however we nonetheless need extra energy. This could be hypocritical, however with Whiskey Lake, Coffee Lake Refresh obtainable as we speak – to not point out the upcoming 10nm Ice Lake for laptops –  we’re hungry for stronger efficiency. If there’s a method that Dell can discover a center floor – embrace a beefier processor whereas making a extra strong cooling resolution, we’d be very comfortable.

That’s to not point out graphics. Nvidia simply launched its GeForce RTX lineup for laptops at CES 2019, which ought to enhance graphics efficiency drastically. However, the Dell XPS 15 2019 featured a GTX 1050 Ti, and we nonetheless don’t have an equal Turing GPU. We may simply have to attend till Nvidia fleshes out the low-end of its Turing lineup. 


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