Updated | Dell XPS 15 9500 with Intel Core i9-10885H finally starts appearing on some country-specific sites
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Update July 17: Shoppers in the US can now get in on the i9 fun as the Dell XPS 15 9500 with i9-10885H is available from US$2,694.99.
The Intel Core i9-10885H option for the Dell XPS 15 9500 laptop was revealed in June, but it appears that particular configuration possibility has been delayed until now. Eagle-eyed Notebookcheck readers spotted the i9 XPS 15 9500 on the Dell country site for Switzerland, and now it seems the option has appeared on the Dell UK pages as well. At the time of writing, the new configuration was not showing up on the Dell US site, although it is mentioned in a specs datasheet.
Shoppers in the UK will be able to select a Dell XPS 15 9500 with the 8-core Comet Lake processor and configure it with up to 32 GB RAM, 1 TB NVMe SSD, UHD+ display (3840x2400), Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX500-DBS module, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4 GB graphics card for £2,899 (US$3,640). There is a cheaper option for those who really want an XPS 15 with the i9-10885H, but you will also have to make do with just 16 GB RAM and an FHD+ display. This latter option costs £2,458.99 (US$3,088).
Laptop customers in Switzerland have the opportunity to purchase an absolute powerhouse of a Dell XPS 15 9500 that should certainly satisfy numerous performance requirements over the coming years. Along with the 2.4 GHz – 5.3 GHz capable i9-10885H, the top-end XPS 15 can be configured with the same specs as the UK variant but with up to 64 GB RAM and a 2 TB SSD instead. That SKU is priced at 4,009 Swiss francs, which at the current exchange rate is a whopping US$4,246.
There is some debate over how much additional performance the Intel Core i9-10885H can bring to a laptop like the Dell XPS 15 9500, especially when you consider the extra price for the 8-core configuration. Other Comet Lake options are available to shoppers, including the i5-10300H and i7-10750H, but the temptation of owning an 8-core premier laptop like the Dell XPS 15 9500 with i9-10885H might be just too enticing for many.