It typically follows that once Intel or AMD roll out new processors, whether for desktop or mobile (or the server environment), systems builders are quick to announce new systems built around the chips in question. Such is the case today with Intel launching a new wave of 8th generation Core processors for thin and light notebooks and 2-in-1 convertibles. Seizing on the opportunity, Dell today refreshed its Inspiron 2-in-1 lineup with Intel's new 8th gen Core CPUs.
There are two categories of Inspiron convertibles that are seeing updates, including the Inspiron 7000 and Inspiron 5000. Starting with the former, buyers can choose from 13-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch models, each of which leverages "premium features." Those features include a bump to the new CPUs, along with an optional 4K display upgrade and "a thermal flow to move hot air out through hidden vents."
"The 13- and the 15-inch versions have three-sided narrow borders thanks to a new 2.7mm miniaturized webcam that offers greater performance in low light with Temporal Noise Reduction—the first PC-integrated USB camera to use this technology," Dell explains.
In addition, the 15-inch and 17-inch models offer optional NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Pascal) graphics for added horsepower, and optional Intel Optane Memory to boost drive performance. On the CPU side, users can choose between an Intel Core i5-8265U or Core i7-8565U processor. Other options include up to 32GB of DDR4-2400 RAM (up to 16GB on the 13-inch model), with various SSD and HDD storage configurations available.
The Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 models will be available on October 2 starting at $879.99 for the 13-inch model, $849.99 for the 15-inch model, and $1,099.99 for the 17-inch model.
The Dell Inspiron 14 5000 is another 2-in-1 line, and as the model name implies, it's a 14-inch convertible. Like the Inspiron 7000 line, the 5000 series features the new thermal routing upgrade for improved temps, and narrow borders.
There are two versions, the 5481 and 5482, both configurable with the same processor options as the 7000 series. Users can also opt for a cheaper Core i3-8145U CPU. The 5481 can have up to 16GB of DDR4 memory, and the 5482 supports up to 32GB. Both come with Intel Optane Memory options, and a wide range of storage configurations.
On the graphics side, the 5482 comes with a discrete solution, NVIDIA's GeForce MX130. It's not built for high-end gaming, but offers more graphics grunt to drive the 2-in-1's native 1920x1080 resolution.
The Inspiron 14 5000 will be available October 2 starting at $459.99 for the lower end model, and $599.99 for the higher end variant.