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Frank Azor drops a few hints about the XPS 15 9570 on Twitter

The Dell XPS 15 9560 is all set to get an enticing refresh in 2018. (Source: Dell)
The Dell XPS 15 9560 is all set to get an enticing refresh in 2018. (Source: Dell)
The upcoming iteration of the Dell XPS 15 will finally have full speed 4-lane Thunderbolt 3 along with possibly a 5K display option according to Dell's VP Gaming and XPS, Frank Azor, who also confirms that Dell is waiting for Intel to ship its 8th generation H-series processors.

The Dell XPS 15 has always been a laptop to watch out for. Despite some gripes, which we'd like to see fixed in the next iteration, the XPS 15 9560 remains one of the best selling prosumer laptops for content creation and probably a bit of gaming with its thin form factor and a gorgeous 4K display. While we got a sneak peek at the next iteration of the Dell XPS 13, details have been scarce with respect to what plans Dell has in store for the XPS 15. Responding to a user's query on Twitter who asked whether a 4-lane Thunderbolt 3 port would see the light of the day in the next iteration, Dell's VP General Manager of Alienware, Gaming and XPS, Frank Azor, replied in the affirmative (yaay!) and went to add that the display option would be absolute best option available. 

We've been hearing for quite some time about Dell planning to include full 4-lane Thunderbolt 3 on their XPS lineup. The latest models have only 2-lane Thunderbolt 3 ports, which become a bottleneck when planning to hook up the laptop to an eGPU. We're glad to know that Dell has listened to feedback and is not nerfing the full bandwidth of this port in the next generation. We also reported on a listing spotted on Dell's website about an XPS 15 sporting a GTX 1060 and a QHD+ screen. Going by Azor's tweet, we might very well see a 5K screen debut in the next iteration.

Azor also said in an earlier tweet that the next XPS 15 will feature Intel's 8th generation H-series CPUs and that Dell is waiting for Intel to ship their H-series chips. Just like the Kaby Lake H-series, which was announced during this year's CES, we can very well expect Coffee Lake-H to make its mark around the same time next year. We had previously speculated that since the 8th generation Kaby Lake-R chips give an equivalent performance in some applications when compared to the quad core 7th generation Kaby Lake CPUs, Dell could either go with an 8th generation Kaby Lake-R (15-28W TDP) or an 8th generation Coffee Lake-H (45W TDP) offering. Looks like we might get to see the next XPS 15 get some Coffee Lake love, after all. 

2018 is turning out to be the year to watch out for in terms of innovations in PC hardware. CES 2018 is not too far away and we might get a taste of some exciting things to come in the run up to the big event. We will keep you posted on all such developments so watch this space.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-11-17 (Update: 2017-11-19)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.