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Dell XPS 15 Caffeinated With Fresh Brewed Coffee Lake And Shot Of GTX 1050 Ti

Dell's popular XPS 15 notebook received a Coffee Lake update today, and it makes an already great laptop even more appealing. On the processor front, the XPS 15 is available with 8th generation processors covering the Core i5 and Core i7 (H-Series) product families. In addition, the range-topping Core i9-8950HK is also available as an option if you need the absolute best mobile processor that money can buy.

The Core i9-8950HK is a hexa-core beast (12 threads) with a base clock of 2.9GHz. The processor, however, leverages Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology, which allows it to clock up to 4.8GHz on a single core. Core i5 models (i5-8300H) are available in quad-core/octa-thread configurations while the Core i7 models (i7-8750H) boast six cores and 12 threads (like the Core i9).

We should note that the available processors aren't the only upgrades with the new XPS 15. Last year's model was available with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 discrete graphics card, but this year it is joined by the higher-spec’d GeForce GTX 1050 Ti to eke out a smidge more graphics performance.

When it comes to the XPS 15's other specs, things are very familiar. You still get a 15.6-inch Infinity Edge display that can be had in Full HD (1920x1080) or Ultra HD (3840x2160) screen resolutions. Storage options remain plentiful with you'd chose of PCIe NVMe SSDs or solid-state hybrid drives. Base systems receive an integrated 56 WHr battery, while uprated models (like those equipped with the Core i9 processor) come with a far larger 97 WHr battery.

Wireless connectivity continues to be handled by a Killer 1535 802.11ac Wi-Fi module with Bluetooth 4.2 thrown in for good measure. Physical ports are also varied, with Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, and HDMI 2.0 at your disposal. An SDHC/SDXC card reader is at your disposal for offloading images off your D-SLR (if you're still rocking one these days).

The base XPS 15 (with the 56 WHr battery) weighs in a relatively light (for its class) 4 pounds, while SKUs with a the 97 WHr battery push weight up slightly to 4.5 pounds. Systems with Intel's new Coffee Lake processors will ship in May with a base price of $999. In addition, be sure to check out our review of the related XPS 15 2-in-1 convertible.

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