Alleged details of two new upcoming Ultrabooks from Dell have been published at Chinese tech site IT168.com. The XPS 14 and XPS 15 are larger versions of the popular Dell XPS 13--except these ultrathin laptops are updated with Ivy Bridge processors, HD+ or full HD displays, and NVidia discrete graphics.
According to the leaked spec sheet, both the XPS 14 and XPS 15 Ultrabooks would feature impressive specs that include quad-core Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors and 8GB of memory.
Earlier this year, we spotted an unannounced XPS 14 on Amazon, and this new leak seems to confirm and elaborate on many of the details. The display is a sharp HD+ Gorilla Glass display with a resolution of 1600 pixels by 900 pixels.
This is an upgrade from the resolution of 1366 pixels by 768 pixels that is found in both the old (2010) XPS 14 as well as the XPS 13 Ultrabook. The upcoming XPS 14 Ultrabook will also feature a hybrid 500GB HDD/32GB SDD drive and an NVidia GT 630M graphics card with 1GB of video memory.
The XPS 15 will be even more impressively outfitted, with a full HD display (1920 pixels by 1080 pixels) and an NVidia GT 640M graphics card with 2GB of video memory. The hard drive storage is a large hybrid 1TB HDD/256 SSD. The XPS 15 even has a slot-loading optical drive--unusual for Ultrabook these days, but a sign that the XPS 15 may be intended for entertainment buffs.
Both Ultrabooks sport backlit keyboards, battery life ratings of at least eight hours, and a full array of ports including HDMI and USB 3.0. They’re constructed of aluminum and carbon fiber materials for light weight and sturdiness.
Pricing isn’t mentioned on IT168, but the Core i5 XPS 14 model we saw on Amazon was priced at $1200, so these more-beefed-up XPS 14 and XPS 15 models likely will be about $100 to $300 more.
The Ultrabooks field is getting to be really crowded. It looks like Dell’s XPS Ultrabooks will be competing on solid specs and performance, rather than low prices.