Home >technology >gadgets >CES 2018: Dell XPS 15 ushers a new era for 2-in-1 notebooks

At the CES 2018 technology show, Dell has announced a larger 2-in-1 called XPS 15, becoming one of the first OEMs to take advantage of Intel-AMD partnership which offers Intel’s top-of-the-line 8th gen Core i7 processors and AMD’s powerful Radeon Vega M graphics under one roof. The other OEM is HP which has upgraded the Spectre X360 line-up from last year to offer the new chipsets.

What makes the new Intel and AMD combo different from anything we have seen so far is the smaller form factor (new chip is 40% thinner than existing chips with discrete graphics) and low power consumption (65W total package power).

It is one of the reasons why the XPS 15 looks thin. At 16mm (with the lid down), it is the thinnest 15.6-inch 2-in-1 we have come across so far. The smaller size, despite the big screen, can be attributed to the new bezel-less design, also seen in the new XPS 13 notebook, and is in vogue these days in smartphones, notebooks and TVs. It is also lighter for a 15-inch notebook and weighs 1.9kg.

The overall design is similar to the 2-in-1 XPS 13 and has a similar metal back. The metal hinge can rotate backwards up to 360 degrees. However, XPS 15 has a new magnetic maglev keyboard. Dell didn’t say much about the role of magnet but claimed that provides a more responsive typing experience.

The 15.6-inch display offers ample legroom for work, watching movies and gaming. It is one of the few notebooks or 2-in-1s which offer 4k (3,200x1,800p) resolution.

Users can also work on the screen with Dell’s new Active Pen ($99) stylus, which supports 4096 pressure levels, allowing users to write or create different strokes while drawing with greater accuracy.

Dell XPS 15 will have Intel 8th-gen core i5 and i7 processor variants with Radeon RX Vega M GL (4GB) graphics on both of them and up to 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD.

It is competing with the new HP Spectre X360 which starts at $1,500 and offers Intel’s 8th gen Core i7 chipset with Radeon Vega M graphics, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD and 4K display in high-end variants.

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 will be available in the US from April 2018 at a starting price of $1,299 (approximately Rs82,674).

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