Dell’s new XPS 15 and XPS 17 are being upgraded with Intel’s highly anticipated 11th generation H-series chips

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Intel has just announced its new 11th generation processors for more powerful laptops, and Dell is ready with updated versions of its XPS 15 and XPS 17 laptops that add the new chips, along with Nvidia’s latest RTX 30 series laptop GPUs.

The new models are much the same on the outside as the more substantial 2020 refresh, which reintroduced the largest 17-inch size and a redesign for the 15-inch model to better fit Dell’s popular XPS 13 design.

But both laptops now offer improved specifications, with Intel’s 11th generation Tiger Lake H-series chips bringing the company’s 10nm process to Dell’s more powerful laptops. Both the XPS 15 and XPS 17 can now be configured with the option of i5-11400H with six cores or i7-11800H with eight cores and i9-11900H. The XPS 17 also adds an additional i9-11980HK option, with eight cores and a maximum clock speed of 5.0 GHz for what Dell says is the “most powerful XPS laptop ever”.

2021 XPS 15 from Dell
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There are also new, more powerful GPU options. The XPS 15 can now be configured with Nvidia’s RTX 3050 or RTX 3050 Ti (with 45W power), while the XPS 17 offers a more powerful 60W RTX 3050 or a 70W RTX 3060 GPU.

Both computers can still be configured with up to 64 GB of RAM, with options for 4K (3840×2400) or FHD (1920 x 1200) panels, although the XPS 15 also has a 3456 x 2160 OLED option. Ports have also been upgraded: the XPS 17 now has four Thunderbolt 4 ports, while the XPS 15 offers two Thunderbolt 4 ports and a regular USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port.

The XPS 15 starts at $ 1,199.99, while the XPS 17 starts at $ 1,399.99. Dell has not yet announced when the new laptops will be available.