The Core i9-8950HK is a hexa-core beast (12 threads) with a base clock of 2.9GHz. The processor, however, leverages Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology, which allows it to clock up to 4.8GHz on a single core. Core i5 models (i5-8300H) are available in quad-core/octa-thread configurations while the Core i7 models (i7-8750H) boast six cores and 12 threads (like the Core i9). And all of these XPS technology updates come on the heels of Dell's XPS 15 2-in-1 convertible (our review) roll-out, which delivers a solid one-two punch of quad-core CPU with on-board AMD GPU muscle.
Not to be out-shined, we should note that these new Dell XPS 15 Coffee Lake processor updates aren't the only upgrades within the line-up. Last year's model was available with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 discrete graphics engine, but this year it is joined by the higher-spec’d GeForce GTX 1050 Ti to eke out a smidge more graphics and gaming performance.
When it comes to the XPS 15's other specs, things are very familiar. You still get a 15.6-inch Infinity Edge display that can be had in Full HD (1920x1080) or Ultra HD (3840x2160) screen resolutions. Storage options remain plentiful with you'd chose of PCIe NVMe SSDs or solid-state hybrid drives. Base systems receive an integrated 56 WHr battery, while upgraded models (like those equipped with the Core i9 processor) come with a far larger 97 WHr battery.
Wireless connectivity continues to be handled by a Killer 1535 802.11ac Wi-Fi module with Bluetooth 4.2 thrown in for good measure. Physical ports are also varied, with Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, and HDMI 2.0 at your disposal. An SDHC/SDXC card reader is at your disposal for offloading images off your DSLR (if you're still rocking one these days).
The base XPS 15 (with the 56 WHr battery) weighs in a relatively light (for its class) 4 pounds, while SKUs with a the 97 WHr battery push weight up slightly to 4.5 pounds. Systems with Intel's new Coffee Lake processors will ship in May with a base price of $999.