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Dell, like many other brands, is updating its configurations at the beginning of the year. And unsurprisingly, prices are going up.

XPS 15 // Source: Dell

In January, at CES 2023, Intel and Nvidia announced their new laptop components. Respectively, we were treated to the new 13th Gen Intel Core processors (Raptor Lake) and Ada Lovelace GPUs, the famous RTX 40. Naturally, PC makers have been coming out since their 2023 generation of PCs packing all that power. .

This February 28, it’s Dell’s turn to lift the veil on its XPS 15 and XPS 17, productivity monsters that have seen their prices rise significantly. It’s the crisis!

Dell XPS 15 2023

The 2023 Dell XPS 15 basically picks up on what its predecessor offers, with an update to its components to keep up. We find the 15.6-inch diagonal screen, in Full HD+ LCD or 3.5K OLED depending on the configuration, the same 18mm thickness, an 86Whr battery and the same design. As in the previous generation, we discovered two Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) ports, a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, an SD card reader and a 3.5mm jack port.

Therefore, it is at the level of power that we will find something new. As for its CPU, it is not surprising: it is the 13th generation Intel Core, from the i5-13500H to the i9-13900H through the i7-13700H. Note that the network chip is content with Wi-Fi 6, without moving to Wi-Fi 6E.

For the GPU, it’s a bit more amazing. Obviously we can choose a new Nvidia configuration (RTX 4050, RTX 4060 or RTX 4070), but also an Intel Arc A370M configuration that should reduce the final bill (but we will return to this point).

Dell XPS 17 2023

In the Dell XPS 17 we find more or less the same configuration. A 17-inch screen in 4K UHD+ or FHD+ (in LCD for both), 97 Whr battery, 4 Thunderbolt 4 ports, SD card reader and jack port.

It is therefore the CPU/GPU duo that is strictly updated with the same configurations as its little brother at the CPU level, but a GPU that goes up to the RTX 4080 skipping the Arc A370M.

RAM ranges from 8 to 64GB in DDR5 on the two PCs (XPS 15 and XPS 17), while storage is provided by a 512GB to 4TB SSD in PCIe 4.

A (strong) increase in price

But let’s move on to the real novelty of this range: its price. The price of the XPS 15 starts at 2,099 euros in its most basic configuration and that of the XPS 17 at 3,199 euros.

Last year, the XPS 15 started at €1,700 and the XPS 17 at €2,600. They are therefore from 400 to 600 euros of difference to access the new generations. Note that this price should be valid for the XPS 15 with an Arc A370M, while last year’s top prize contained an RTX 3050. Note that according to PCWorld, the Arc A370M offers precisely comparable performance to this RTX. 3050.

Pricing details for each configuration are not yet known at the moment and these two PCs are scheduled to launch in the spring.

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