CES 2018: Dell introduces new laptops, monitors and portable Thunderbolt 3 SSDs

Apart from the futuristic keyboard the new XPS models also feature Intel and AMD’s new chipsets that claim to offer more graphical performance than NVIDIA’s discrete GTX 1050 card

Apart from the futuristic keyboard the new XPS models also feature Intel and AMD’s new chipsets that claim to offer more graphical performance than NVIDIA’s discrete GTX 1050 card

With these new parts, plus better cooling and a bigger heat spreader, Dell claims the battery will run for 15 hours.

Much of the XPS 15 remains the same with this year's update, though.

In addition to the unexpected recycled gold jewelry line that Dell just announced at CES 2018, the company unveiled other new products that we actually expected from this particular computer maker. The 15 will only have touchscreen options and uses a larger 15.6-inch panel. Storage-wise, Dell offers M.2 SSD options ranging from 128GB to 1TB. But given the different size and graphics, the XPS 15 2-in-1 will likely be a better fit for designers and power users than the regular XPS 13. Both the model come with an optional Active Pen support that uses Wacom technology to enable "natural writing" experience.

Contains Intel's 8th-gen core processor with Radeon RX Vega M Graphics, with a 15.6-inch UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD InfinityEdge touch display.

Specifically you'll be able to pick it up with either a Core i5-8305G processor with Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics or a Core i7-8705G processor with Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics. Intel's new processors built in partnership with AMD are supposed to offer high performance without compromising the thin profile of devices like the XPS 15. Our fingers weren't impressed in practice but we'll reserve final judgement until we get to spend more time with the maglev keyboard.

The conventional XPS 15 laptop offers 1.3mm of key travel, but the 2-in-1's maglev keys will reduce that by almost half, to 0.7mm.

The keyboard won't be the only controversial aspect either.

As continuation to a prior collaboration on the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 series laptop in 2017, commercialization of Goodix's innovative fingerprint solution on the latest XPS 13 signifies an even stronger bond between the two companies.

Dell just introduced the world's most compact Thunderbolt 3 storage device, which is also one of the fastest portable drives available out there: the 1TB Dell Portable Thunderbolt SSD 1000 and the 500GB SSD 500. Security features may include Windows Hello via the IR camera, biometric card readers with Control Vault 2 and FIPS 140-3 Level 3 certification.

You get plenty of USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports-but not a single USB Type-A. As for the XPS 15 2-in-1, Dell will start selling the device sometime this Spring, starting at $1299.

You can't do this with a MacBook Pro 15.

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