The Dell XPS 15 is skipping CES this year
2018 was an important year for the XPS 15. Dell introduced the XPS 15 9575 at CES 2018 which continues to be the only 15-inch XPS convertible available. In the months to follow, the standard XPS 15 was updated with Coffee Lake-H Core i9-8950HK and Pascal GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q options that pushed the limits of the chassis cooling system. Fast-forward one year later and the venerable XPS 15 series is all but AWOL for CES 2019.
So, why the absence? Dell says it's simply not time yet to unveil any updates for the 15-inch XPS series due in part to the lack of available CPU and GPU upgrade options from Intel and Nvidia. A successor to the Coffee Lake-H series is not yet ready and it will take some time before Nvidia Turing trickles down to the GTX 1050 level where it would be a perfect candidate for the XPS 15 form factor. Furthermore, remaining quiet on any 2019 XPS 15 news allows Dell to focus on other product reveals and announcements including the new Alienware Area 51m desktop replacement, super-thin Alienware m17, Alienware m15 Turing refresh, XPS 13 9380 with re-positioned webcam, and the Latitude 7400 2-in-1.
Of course, this does notimply that the XPS 15 will not be refreshed in some form or another before the end of the year. The competing 15.6-inch HP Spectre x360 15 will soon come with an OLED panel and it's possible that Dell will introduce a new XPS 15 SKU with this same option. Until then, users will have to make do with the existing Coffee Lake-H XPS 15 9570 and Kaby Lake-G XPS 15 9575 series.