Dell’s new laptop is powered by a marriage between AMD and Intel
Dell has announced a new, larger version of its XPS convertible laptop with some extra power under the hood.
The XPS 15 2-in-1 is available with a brand new type of processor born of a rare partnership between Intel and AMD. Intel sorts out the CPU processing side while graphics are handled by an AMD Radeon onboard graphics chip. The result is a smaller chipset designed to provide more power in portability-focused laptops.
A new type of keyboard is featured on the laptop which utilises magnets to provide varied key feel. The magnets can change the strength of repulsion, allowing for clickier, deeper feeling keys than would normally be found on a laptop keyboard. Hardware options include either an i5 or i7 processor, 8GB to 16GB of RAM, 1080p or 4K touchscreen and onboard storage from 128GB to 1TB, which can be further increased with a microSD card slot.
All of Dell’s new PCs including the XPS 15 2-in-1, will benefit from a new app called Mobile Connect which lets you view iOS and Android notifications directly on your Windows desktop. The app will allow you to respond to your phone’s calls and notifications from your PC. If you have an Android phone, the entire screen can be mirrored, allowing you to interact with your phone’s apps as well.
While Windows 10’s built-in intelligent assistant Cortana has some of this functionality already, answering phone calls using a PC and mirroring your Android phone’s screen will prove to be quite a handy feature that’s rarely found elsewhere.
Other Dell announcements include a pair of new HDR-enabled monitors – a 24-inch 1080p model and a 27-inch 1440p model.
The XPS 15 2-in-1 will be available in the US from around late March and pricing starts at USD$1300, while the monitors cost USD$300 for the 24-inch model and USD$500 for the 27-inch model. The monitors will be available in the US from late January.