After launching the new XPS 15 and the XPS 13 in India, Dell has now introduced the XPS 17 in India. It has a design alike to the XPS 15, and the new notebook goes on to compete with Apple’s MacBook Pro 16. It boasts slim bezels on all the sides of the display and the usual XPS’s carbon fibre keyboard deck. The laptop flaunts an colour accurate display that is ideal for content creation. Its dedicated Nvidia GPU helps with gaming as well.
Dell XPS 17 9700 Specifications
Dell continues to offer a machined aluminium framework and Gorilla Glass 6 for the display making it strong yet economical. Sadly though, India is only getting a single variant of the XPS 17 which has been priced at Rs 2,09,500 ($2800). However, the brand continues to offer an option of FHD+ 1920 x 1200 and UHD+ 3840 x 2400 resolution screens. Furthermore, the specifications of the individual XPS 17 model that is coming to India; include the 10th-Gen Intel Core i7-10750H processor along with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU; possessing 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM.
However, the rest of the highlights include that glorious looking InfinityEdge display with the slim bezels all around. The brand has completely removed the bottom bezel; just like as seen on the XPS 13 and XPS 15 series of devices; which means you get super-slim bezels whereby reducing the overall footprint. So much so, that the XPS 17 seems like a 15-inch machine in terms of size and is quite portable.
Sadly, similar to MacBooks there are no regular USB-A ports so you only get USB Type-C with Thunderbolt support. Best of all, the notebook offers 4-lane PCIe on all four of its Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports. The XPS 17 also gets speakers on each side of the keyboard that includes two 1.5W tweeters and two 2.5W woofers just like the new XPS 15. There is still the iconic carbon fibre finish on the keyboard deck which feels way better than most laptops on the market. The keyboard and the significantly enlarged touchpad are also the same as the XPS 15.
As for the internals, the new XPS 17 is being offered in a single arrangement option that includes the Intel 10th-Gen Core i7-10750H processor along with the Nvidia’s GTX 1650 Ti coupled with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and 1TB of PCIe based SSD. There is also a 720p webcam with support for Windows Hello facial recognition, and a fingerprint scanner the top edge of the keyboard. The XPS 17 notebook packs in a 97Whr battery and comes bundled with a 130W power adapter.
The new XPS 17 9700 has been priced at Rs 2,09,500 which is quite expensive respecting the kind of specifications you get. Yes, although it has one of the most premium designs and uses high-end materials, that price doesn’t seem explained.