Friday, August 23rd 2019

Dell Readies Updated Laptop Portfolio for IFA 2019

IFA is the largest consumer tech show in Europe and we expect to see significant news from 4K and OLED TVs to wearables to smartphones. We'll be showcasing our latest PCs, of course, as the move to thin and light continues across the industry. It's not only about smaller form factors though - consumers want adaptive, always connected, high-performing, and flawlessly designed PCs. Dell continues to set the bar for the PC industry.

Ahead of IFA, we're expanding our consumer portfolio with brand new form factors and the addition of new 10th Gen Intel Core processors to our current XPS and Inspiron portfolio, delivering performance gains needed for compute intensive, demanding multi-thread workloads, while still handling 4K content efficiently. And in doing so, giving our customers heavyweight performance in thin, light and portable designs — the best of both worlds.
We've taken our most beloved and awarded product, the XPS 13, or "the best laptop you can buy," and made it even better. Available August 27th, we've added Intel 10th Gen Core U series processors — with i7 hexacore models available in October — in our existing beautiful form factor, helping the XPS 13 maintain its position as the most powerful 13-inch laptop in its class. Whether you're a binge watcher or the busy mobile pro on the go, we've created the XPS 13 to be one of a kind. With the new Killer AX1650 (2×2) built on Intel WiFi 6 Chipset, wireless connectivity is three times as fast as the previous generation. Along with Dell CinemaColor and Dolby Vision and an optional 4K Ultra HD InfinityEdge display, the XPS 13 will remain eye candy for those glued to their screen. Available with either Windows 10 or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, the latter which serves as the foundation of the XPS 13 developer edition, now in its 9th generation.

And in case you missed it, the XPS 13 2-in-1, a COMPUTEX d&i Award winner, is now available for purchase. This 2-in-1 is a symbol of our meticulous attention to detail where every decision was driven by customer benefits and a mission to achieve a flawless design. The 2-in-1 is the world's first Project Athena-verified laptop available with Intel's new 10th Gen Core, 10-nanometer silicon processors.

With the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processors, we're also bringing premium materials and performance to our Inspiron line with the introduction of the new Inspiron 14 7000 ultralight laptops. Weighing sub-2.5 lbs., this impressively portable design was achieved through introducing a lightweight yet remarkably durable magnesium alloy chassis. And with the new lid-open sensor, Connected Modern Standby and fingerprint reader built into the power button, the system signs on securely and starts in a flash. Plus, the stylish laptop features all-around narrow borders with 100% sRGB color coverage, perfect for mobile multitasking.

Additionally, we're upgrading many other Inspiron systems with new 10th Gen Intel Core processors, offering performance gains for multi-threaded workloads, including:
  • Inspiron 13, 15, 17 7000 2-in-1, first announced at CES 2019 and a Computex Design Innovation Award winner, is now available with the addition of USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 support and in an optional silver chassis.
  • Inspiron 14, 15 5000 2-in-1 delivers mobility and expandability with the bonus of an Active Pen compatible touchscreen.
  • Inspiron 13 5000 offers a portable and thin form factor with optional mobile broadband for easy connectivity; and two sleek color options - Platinum Silver and Iced Lilac.
  • Inspiron 24 5000 & 27 7000 All-in-One (AIOs) desktops announced at Computex 2019 and are available Friday, August 23. These desktops fit in your living room or dorm room as a simple and attractive entertainment system or TV replacement.
  • Inspiron 14, 15 5000 (5493, 5494, 5593, 5594) includes a narrow border, FHD anti-glare wide-viewing display and Dell Cinema[6], perfect for the content-hungry user.
  • Inspiron 14, 15, 17 3000 offers optional NVIDIA GeForce MX230 discrete graphics card. The 14 and 15 offer a stylish build for on-the-go tasks, while the 17 is made for the entire family to enjoy throughout the home.
Our small business customers care about reliability, security and price, and are often wearing many hats. Our new Vostro 14 and 15 5000 laptop allows customers to tackle more demanding tasks with the performance benefits of NVIDIA GeForce MX250 discrete graphics. Plus, the TPM 2.0 security chip and optional fingerprint reader keep data secure. We've also added our award-winning software, Dell Mobile Connect, so workers can connect their smartphones to their PC for increased efficiency. Overall, the laptop combines critical features into one affordable device small businesses can rely on to get work done.

We are also introducing our first-ever 5000 series performance desktop for Small Businesses giving content creators, game developers and engineers the power, graphics and storage they need to perform their job at their best. The desktop equips customers with 9th Gen Intel Core R processors and discrete graphics options up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070.

Finally, we are integrating 10th generation Intel Core processors within our current Vostro portfolio:
  • Vostro 13 5000, a compact, thin design fits into a carry-on; plus, it's Skype for Business certified for on-the-go work calls.
  • Vostro 14, 15 3000 equipped with the hardware-based TPM 2.0 security chip and fingerprint reader integrated onto the power button for top security.
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19 Comments on Dell Readies Updated Laptop Portfolio for IFA 2019

#3
bug
the stylish laptop features all-around narrow borders with 100% sRGB color coverage, perfect for mobile multitasking
Great. I hate it when thick borders stand in my multitasking's way :wtf:
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#4
Valantar
Have to applaud Dell for moving the XPS line to 16:10 displays. That alone elevates this to a front-runner in the thin-and-light space. Of course the 2-in-1 with the 11th gen graphics is the really interesting part. Just hope the revamped cooling is good, and that it (like its non 2-in-1 predecessors) runs in 25W mode.

bug
Great. I hate it when thick borders stand in my multitasking's way :wtf:
True mobile multitasking means bringing multiple laptops and using them all at once. Thin borders lets you stack them closer together! ;)
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bug
Valantar
Have to applaud Dell for moving the XPS line to 16:10 displays. That alone elevates this to a front-runner in the thin-and-light space. Of course the 2-in-1 with the 11th gen graphics is the really interesting part. Just hope the revamped cooling is good, and that it (like its non 2-in-1 predecessors) runs in 25W mode.
Nice catch, for some reason I find 16:10 a pretty noticeable productivity increase (for me, at least). 13" monitors, however, are a big productivity hit :(
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#6
Chomiq
Look on the bright side, it's ST:TNG friendly.
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#7
bug
Chomiq
Look on the bright side, it's ST:TNG friendly.
Man, I hate it when some (random) aspect ratio is being touted as more suitable for movies... Movies were never shot in a fixed aspect ratio, you're going to get some sort of black bars anyway.
ST:TNG I'd watch again, though ;)
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tabascosauz
Valantar
Have to applaud Dell for moving the XPS line to 16:10 displays. That alone elevates this to a front-runner in the thin-and-light space. Of course the 2-in-1 with the 11th gen graphics is the really interesting part. Just hope the revamped cooling is good, and that it (like its non 2-in-1 predecessors) runs in 25W mode.

True mobile multitasking means bringing multiple laptops and using them all at once. Thin borders lets you stack them closer together! ;)
I was also pretty skeptical of the InfinityEdge deal at first, but once you have it, you don't go back. I have an XPS 13 (9370) and even the 1080p display is amazing.

Dell introduced a much improved cooling system for the 9370 (Kaby Lake I think, i7-8xxx) over its predecessor, so I don't know if they would have to replace it so soon for 10 series.

The old 14 7000 (mine was 7357 I think) was also very well built and looking, if a little rough around the edges without a large SSD. Glad to see Dell is bringing it back.
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Valantar
tabascosauz
I was also pretty skeptical of the InfinityEdge deal at first, but once you have it, you don't go back. I have an XPS 13 (9370) and even the 1080p display is amazing.

Dell introduced a much improved cooling system for the 9370 (Kaby Lake I think, i7-8xxx) over its predecessor, so I don't know if they would have to replace it so soon for 10 series.

The old 14 7000 (mine was 7357 I think) was also very well built and looking, if a little rough around the edges without a large SSD. Glad to see Dell is bringing it back.
Don't get me wrong, I definitely see the value in thin-bezeled laptops - they let you carry as large a display as possible in as small a package as possible, after all - I was just responding to @bug calling them out on some rather odd PR copy.

My partner has an XPS 13 (2018, KBL-R), which I believe has the 1st generation of 25W cooling solutions for the 13" - my understanding is that the newer, redesigned version doesn't change much beyond adding thermal insulation to avoid the outside getting too hot. I have a Latitude 7390 2-in-1, which has only slightly larger bezels but a far inferior cooling solution (the i7-8650u is capped at 12W sustained load!). The previous generation of XPS 2-in-1 used Y-series CPUs though, so my hope is that they've aligned the two models here (the new 2-in-1 has dual fan cooling, at least) and gone whole hog 25W and not stopped at 15. A 25W power envelope for the new Iris Pro iGPUs alongside the new LPDDR4X at 3733MT/s would make for a really, really compelling little PC.
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#10
altcapwn
Dell, where are the AMD laptops.
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tabascosauz
Valantar
Don't get me wrong, I definitely see the value in thin-bezeled laptops - they let you carry as large a display as possible in as small a package as possible, after all - I was just responding to @bug calling them out on some rather odd PR copy.

My partner has an XPS 13 (2018, KBL-R), which I believe has the 1st generation of 25W cooling solutions for the 13" - my understanding is that the newer, redesigned version doesn't change much beyond adding thermal insulation to avoid the outside getting too hot. I have a Latitude 7390 2-in-1, which has only slightly larger bezels but a far inferior cooling solution (the i7-8650u is capped at 12W sustained load!). The previous generation of XPS 2-in-1 used Y-series CPUs though, so my hope is that they've aligned the two models here (the new 2-in-1 has dual fan cooling, at least) and gone whole hog 25W and not stopped at 15. A 25W power envelope for the new Iris Pro iGPUs alongside the new LPDDR4X at 3733MT/s would make for a really, really compelling little PC.
That would be 9370 then, same as mine, I think. Maybe 9380?

The jump from 9360 to 9370 was with a slightly different chassis, 2 fans, maybe slightly revised heatpiping, but the fans come on more frequently I think. That bugs some people, but I don't mind. Thermals are managed reasonably well. I can't remember if mine has a 8550U or 8650U.

It's great for what I use it for. The best part is the SM961, that thing is blazing fast.
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#12
Vayra86
altcapwn
Dell, where are the AMD laptops.
They might rebrand to Indell someday
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#13
Valantar
altcapwn
Dell, where are the AMD laptops.
Vayra86
They might rebrand to Indell someday
*TV announcer voice*
This press release is brought to you by Intel - CPUs and unfair business practices since 1968!

Now, to be fair, there are AMD-based Inspiron 5000-series laptops that are excellent according to Notebookcheck. Probably omitted here as they launched earlier - this is a follow-up to Intel launching a new CPU lineup, after all. Still, it's quite obvious that Dell and Intel are a bit too close.
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#14
bug
altcapwn
Dell, where are the AMD laptops.
Have you looked at mobile Zen?
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#15
lexluthermiester
bug
Have you looked at mobile Zen?
Yup, looks amazing. I too ask the question "Dell, where the hell are all the AMD laptops?"
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#16
jabbadap
lexluthermiester
Yup, looks amazing. I too ask the question "Dell, where the hell are all the AMD laptops?"
I would ask for AMD: where is zen2+navi apu. Albeit the rumor says that Renoir will be zen2+vega apu, but even that would be great compared to AMDs current Raven Ridge. Especially if it is 8 core processor.

Dell do have current 15-25W U zen apu laptops available. H versions are mainly for gamers and yeah Alienware should have at least one as option(EDIT: I forgot Dell G series gaming laptops, H series should be option for those too, but it isn't now. So yeah kinda Agree: Dell where the hell are all AMD gaming laptops?).
https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/dell-laptops-and-notebooks/sc/laptops?appliedRefinements=10352
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bug
jabbadap
I would ask for AMD: where is zen2+navi apu. Albeit the rumor says that Renoir will be zen2+vega apu, but even that would be great compared to AMDs current Raven Ridge. Especially if it is 8 core processor.

Dell do have current 15-25W U zen apu laptops available. H versions are mainly for gamers and yeah Alienware should have at least one as option(EDIT: I forgot Dell G series gaming laptops, H series should be option for those too, but it isn't now. So yeah kinda Agree: Dell where the hell are all AMD gaming laptops?).
https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/dell-laptops-and-notebooks/sc/laptops?appliedRefinements=10352
APUs are a generation behind (in good AMD tradition, they carry the 3000 label though). And while performance seems to be ok, battery life seems to be less impressive. But then again, since there aren't many Zen desktops out there, there are even fewer reviews, so it's hard to tell whether it's an inherent issue or just poor/rushed designs at work.
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#18
Valantar
bug
APUs are a generation behind (in good AMD tradition, they carry the 3000 label though). And while performance seems to be ok, battery life seems to be less impressive. But then again, since there aren't many Zen desktops out there, there are even fewer reviews, so it's hard to tell whether it's an inherent issue or just poor/rushed designs at work.
Concurrent products carrying the same series naming makes sense IMO. Still, I am definitely waiting for Zen2 APUs - I'm working on a new HTPC build, and going Zen+ right now feels like such a let-down. Hopefully they'll do another CES APU launch but this time with immediate retail availability. That would be sweet. BTW, the battery issues seem to be solved with the 3000-series APUs - in fact many reviews point out that they have quite good battery life, often beating Intel versions of the same PC. Check out Notebookcheck, I've seen a decent amount of APU laptop reviews there.
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#19
gaximodo
Woah, more Huawei matebook clones.
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