Dell Updates XPS 15 & Intros Dell Precision 7720, A VR-Ready Workstation

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Dell announced various updates to its consumer and business notebook lineup at CES 2017, focused around the new Intel “Kaby Lake” 7th generation processors, including a VR-ready workstation, the Dell Precision 7720.

Dell XPS 15 – Premium Consumer Multimedia

The flagship notebook in Dell’s consumer lineup, the XPS 15 packs a 15.6-inch display into a chassis not much larger than a 14-inch notebook. Dell calls it the “smallest 15.6-inch notebook on the planet”. Dell announced updates to the XPS 15 in the form of the Intel “Kaby Lake” Core-series processors, which will most likely include the Core i7-7700HQ quad-core. The notebook will also receive updates to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 10 series graphics cards. We think it will likely be the GeForce GTX 1050, or possibly the slightly faster GTX 1050 Ti.The Dell XPS 15

The XPS 15 also now has a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello biometric support in Windows 10.

Otherwise, this model remains about the same as the outgoing model. Take a look at our review of the 2016 XPS 15 for an idea of what to expect.

In related news, Dell introduced the new XPS 13 2-in-1 convertible notebook.  

Dell Precision 7720: VR-Ready Mobile Workstation

Dell’s first Virtual Reality (VR) Ready mobile workstation, the new 17.3-inch Dell Precision 7720 is designed specifically for VR content creation. Dell says the 7720 is their most powerful mobile workstation, featuring Intel “Kaby Lake” Core-series and Xeon-class processors, and Nvidia Quadro professional graphics. We suspect AMD FirePro graphics cards will also be available.

Dell has been tight-lipped on the details for this model, but we can take a rather good guesstimate that it’ll be similar to the existing Precision 7710. Outside of the hardware, Dell announced no changes to overall design of the notebook in general.Dell Precision 7720 Mobile Workstation This seems to be a technology bump at best, but a rather significant one at that, especially in the graphics department. 

The 7710 currently offers a 4K display with an extended color space, up to 64GB of RAM (4x 16GB), and up to 4TB of total storage via two M.2 PCI-Express solid-state-drive (SSD) slots and a single 2.5-inch bay.

The notebook itself weighs 7.55 pounds to start, and measures 1.36 inches thick. It therefore won’t be the most portable notebook, but you’ll have trouble getting this kind of power and expandability into something smaller.

Like the 7710, we’ll expect the Dell Precision 7720 to carry the full spectrum of ISV certifications for its professional audience.

Dell UltraSharp 32-inch monitor: 8K Resolution

The Precision 7720 workstation we just discussed should find itself in good company with Dell’s newly-announced 32-inch UltraSharp UP3218K monitor, which Dell says is the first monitor this size to sport an 8K resolution. An 8K resolution offers 16 times the number of pixels of an FHD (1080p) monitor.Dell UP3218K UltraSharp monitor

Dell says the monitor has support for over one billion colors, and covers 100 percent of the sRGB and Adobe RGB color gamut.

Pricing and Availability

The updated XPS 15 notebook is expected to be available “soon” on Dell.com, starting at $999.99. The Precision 7720 mobile workstation is scheduled for availability on Feb. 28, starting at $1,699.99.

As for the UltraSharp 32 8K monitor, it should hit the U.S. in March or April, for the eye-opening price of $4,999.


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