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Dell updates XPS 15 and XPS 17 laptops

New models will feature Full-HD displays and Sandy Bridge processors

While Dell scrapped its XPS 14 yesterday, the laptop’s elder siblings seem to be alive and well for now. The changes that were first announced at CES in January appear to have finally been implemented into the XPS 15 and XPS 17 notebooks.

The new notebooks have been refreshed to include Intel’s Sandy Bridge technology (free of chipset defects) and higher GPU options. Both the 15.6” XPS 15 and the 17” XPS 17 will be customizable with  a range of Intel Core i3/i5/i7 Sandy Bridge and Huron River processors. The updated laptops can also be customized to include up to a 2GB NVIDIA GT540M GPU in the XPS 15 and up to a 3GB NVIDIA GT555M in the XPS 17.

Dell is also providing the option of a Full-HD WLED display with a 1920x1080 pixel resolution; with the XPS 17 receiving optional 3D capabilities as well. Also like most notebooks these days, the XPS 15 and 17 will come with NVIDIA’s Optimus technology to help save battery life. Unfortunately, the Optimus drivers are not compatible with the 3D version of the XPS 17.

Other than that, the XPS 15 will support up to 8GB of RAM and the XPS 17 will support up to 16GB of RAM. Rounding things out are JBL speakers, Waves Maxx audio and USB 3.0.

Interestingly enough, the basic XPS 15 is priced at $1049 while the basic edition of the larger XPS 17 is more than a hundred bucks cheaper at $899. All versions are currently up for order from Dell’s online store.



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Omar Qudsi, 2011-02-24 (Update: 2012-05-26)