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Dell updates its XPS 17 and 15 laptops 

Dell XPS 17


Dell updated its largest XPS clamshells on Thursday to include the latest mobile chips from Intel. Now, 12th-gen “Alder Lake” chips are available in the 17- and 15.6-inch versions of the XPS.

Both the XPS 17 and 15 now have options for an Intel Core i5-12500H or i7-12700H. The former has four performance cores (P-cores), eight efficiency cores (E-cores), and a turbo clock speed of up to 4.5 GHz, while the latter has six P-Cores and eight E-cores and can hit up to 4.7 GHz. To get Intel’s highest-end i9-12900HK, which has six P-cores and eight E-cores and can hit 5 GHz, you’ll have to get the smaller-screened XPS 15.

Based on press materials, Dell seems to be planning to put the i9-12900HK in the XPS 17, too, which would make sense, as it’s the largest, more expensive XPS. We’ll update this story if we hear back about when that model will be available.

The updated XPS 17 and 15 are both available with integrated Intel graphics only, but for more graphical horsepower, you can configure the machines with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 (4GB GDDR6) running at 60 W. The XPS 17 will also include an option for the RTX 3060 (6GB, 60 W) in April, while you can currently get the XPS 15 with an RTX 3050 Ti (4GB, 45 W).

Dell moved the XPS 17 (pictured) and XPS 15 to 16:10 screens last year.
Enlarge / Dell moved the XPS 17 (pictured) and XPS 15 to 16:10 screens last year.


The laptops come with 8GB to 64GB of DDR5-4800 RAM across two channels and 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB of PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD storage. With a pair of M.2 slots, the laptops support up to 8TB.

The refreshed systems carry over the taller displays Dell introduced last year. The 16:10 screens have a 1920 x 1200 resolution; a 3840 x 2400 screen is available for more money. Either way, Dell says the screens are pretty bright, going up to 500 nits. That’s unless you get the OLED panel, which can hit 400 nits and comes with a 3456 x 2160 resolution.

Dell XPS 15.


The largest XPS laptop has four Thunderbolt 4 ports. There’s also an audio jack and SD card reader, but no USB-A or HDMI. The XPS 15, meanwhile, has just two Thunderbolt 4 ports but a third UBS-C (3.2 Gen 2), as well as a 3.5 mm jack and an SD card reader.

Dell’s refreshed XPS 17 and 15 have similar pricing structures to previous models, which are mostly still available on Dell’s website. The refreshed XPS 17 is currently $1,849–$3,409, and the new XPS 15 is $1,449$–$3,194.

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