Frank Azor drops a few hints about the XPS 15 9570 on Twitter
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.
4 lane absolutely. It will be faster all around and the display option will continue to be the absolute best available.— Frank Azor (@AzorFrank) November 15, 2017
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.