Dell's Kaby Lake XPS 15 Refresh Makes An Accidental Cameo With Pascal GPU Riding Shotgun

If you’re a big fan of Dell’s XPS 15 and its available UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) InfinityEdge display, that stellar laptop is about to get even better. Although Dell hasn’t officially announced the refresh for the XPS 15 (referred to as the XPS 15 9650), a glitch on its website briefly spilled all the goods on the notebook, which will probably be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month.

There are two big additions to the XPS 15 9650, with the first one being the appearance of Intel’s seventh-generation Kaby Lake processors (Core i3-7100HQ, Core i5-7300HQ and Core i7-7700HQ). If you’ve read the HotHardware review of the XPS 13 Kaby Lake refresh, then you know what to expect when it comes to performance. As you might have already surmised, RAM maxes out at 32GB (take that, Apple MacBook Pro), while storage maxes out at 1TB with either a PCIe SSD or traditional HDD.

Dell XPS15 front lid open right angle

The other big news is that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 2GB of onboard memory is being tossed aside in favor of something with a zesty Pascal flavor. In this case, you’ll find a mobile GeForce GTX 1050 GPU paired with 4GB of onboard memory. In desktop form, NVIDIA’s entry-level Pascal chip is available in both GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti variants. It is unknown which chip will find its way into the XPS 15 9650, as Dell didn’t specify before the page was pulled.

For now, that’s all we have to go on with regards to the major upgrades to one our favorite laptops. To get a better handle on what the current XPS 15 offers, be sure to check out Dave’s review right here. And if you prefer a slightly smaller form-factor, Dave’s review of the Kaby Lake-powered XPS 13 can be found here.