Dell’s All-New XPS 17 Is the Smallest Laptop of Its Kind

The popular XPS 15 also receives a ground-up redesign and is available now.

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Dell has officially unveiled a brand new and long-awaited big-screen XPS model, the XPS 17 9700, with the claim that it’s the “smallest 17-inch laptop on the planet”. The super thin 17-inch XPS is the first of this size in the XPS line in almost 10 years. It will arrive this summer alongside a new and completely redesigned XPS 15.

The new XPS 17 will be powered by 10th generation Intel Core processors, with an optional Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics card capable of high-end gaming and more intense productivity. The RTX line of graphics ensures full support for cutting-edge rendering techniques, including ray tracing. Entry-level models will come with the Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti.

Buyers will have the choice of an FHD+ 1920 x 1200 display or a 4K 3840 x 2400 panel. The latter of which will support HDR with around 500 nits of peak brightness. A touch screen will also be available.

All of this will be packed into a chassis that Dell claims is “smaller than 48 percent of all 15-inch laptops on the market”, based on “total surface area”. This feat was made possible by wrapping the 17-inch display with a near borderless bezel on all four sides (yes, including the bottom edge), and creating a “unique thermal design” that helps to keep those tightly packed processors cool.

The chassis itself is constructed out of CNC machined aluminum, carbon fiber and gorilla glass. This will surely lend the laptop the premium look and feel we’ve come to expect from the XPS line.

Battery life is an estimated 20 hours on models with the FHD+ screen, with recharging supplied via a USB Type-C port.

XPS 15: Rebuilt from the Ground Up

The 2020 XPS 15 model also received a long-awaited redesign. This comes after having undergone only minor revisions since 2015. The new design is effectively a smaller version of the new XPS 17, with the four-side super thin bezels that, like the bigger model, help make it the smallest in its class, according to Dell.

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The new thermal design has allowed Dell to make the already impressively slim XPS 15 around 8% thinner for 2020. And, according to Dell, it maintains the same thermal profile as last year’s model.

Maintaining uniformity with the 17-inch model, the new XPS 15 receives new up-firing stereo speakers, which should deliver much improved sound and volume over the current down-firing design. The display specs are also similar to the larger model, with a 16:10 ratio packing the same 500-nit peak brightness for full HDR support on the premium 4K option.

Graphics on the XPS 15 top out at the GTX 1650 Ti, which is a competent entry-level gaming card and solid performer for productivity tasks that require some rendering grunt. And as expected, the new 15-inch model will feature 10th generation Intel processors. This brings the XPS 15 up-to-date with the newest laptop chips on the market.

The new 2020 XPS 15 is available today, starting at $1299.99. Meanwhile, the XPS 17 is set to be released in the summer with a pricing starting at $1499.99.

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Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson has been writing for high-profile publications for 16 years, primarily in the video game industry, but also covering tech. Mike is an obsessed video game hoarder with hundreds of games spanning a 30-year collection. An entire room in his house is dedicated to Super Mario, and he thinks the Nintendo Switch is “the best invention in human history.” Counseling may be necessary.

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