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Dell rolls out a slew of new Inspiron devices with the latest hardware (Updated with price)

By Koh Wanzi - on 11 Oct 2017, 9:41am

Dell rolls out a slew of new Inspiron devices with the latest hardware (Updated with price)

Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 (2017)

Updated on 11 Oct 2017: Added details on local prices for the Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1, the Inspiron 15 7000, and Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming. 

Originally published on 29 August 2017: 

The Dell XPS 13 may be getting Intel’s 8th-generation CPUs, but it isn’t the only one to do so. Dell is also adding the new processors to its Inspiron 7000 line of 2-in-1 convertibles and clamshell notebooks, and it made some design tweaks as well in the form of narrower side bezels.

The star of the series is the gargantuan Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1, a sprawling 17.3-inch convertible that Dell says was the first on the market when it was announced last year.

That’s quite a lot of screen for a 2-in-1 device, and while it may be a bit unwieldy when used in tablet mode, it should do quite nicely as a viewing device for movies in tent mode.

The display uses a 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS panel, and it is powered by either an 8th-generation quad-core Intel Core i5-8250U (1.6GHz, 6MB L3 cache) or Core i7-8550U (1.8GHz, 8MB L3 cache) processors. In addition, it can be equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card.

It features two USB-C connectors, one of which doubles as the charging port. Dell is claiming up to 11 hours of battery life on the device.

On top of that, the company trotted out 13- and 15-inch Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 models that are quite similar to the larger 17.3-inch version. The key difference is the screen on the Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1, which can be configured with a high resolution 3,840 x 2,160-pixel display.

The 13-inch model can also be equipped with either the latest 8th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, and ships with 8GB of DDR4-2400 memory and a 256GB SSD. Like its bigger siblings, the FHD IPS touchscreen supports Dell's Active Pen for drawing, writing, and note-taking, and it offers the versatility of a convertible in a small form factor. 

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1

Early next year, Dell also plans to add options for Intel Optane memory, so you can get an extra performance boost without paying for an entire SSD.

Dell Inspiron 2-in-1

The lower-end Inspiron 5000 2-in-1 series is also getting Intel’s latest processors, as are the regular clamshell Inspiron 7000 systems.

The Inspiron 15 7000 ships with 8GB of DDR4-2400 memory and either a 128GB or 256GB SSD (on top of a 1TB HDD). In addition, it features a 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS display and comes with an NVIDIA GeForce 940MX card for some extra graphics computing heft. It also boasts the full complement of ports and connectors, including an Ethernet jack, a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port that supports DisplayPort output and the Power Delivery standard, and a full-sized HDMI output. 

It is available in either Platinum Silver or Pink Champagne. 

Dell Inspiron 15 7000

Finally, Dell also announced a new version of its Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming notebook, which now comes outfitted with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB with Max-Q optimizations. However, Intel hasn't released its high-performance 8th-generation mobile chips yet, so you're still stuck with the 7th-generation Core i7-7700HQ for now. That said, the refreshed laptop does come with a Thunderbolt 3 port, a 2x2 wireless chip, and a new quick-charge battery that can reportedly get up to 80 per cent charge in just an hour. 

In addition, you get 16GB of DDR4-2400 memory and a 256GB PCIe SSD. 

Here's an overview of the starting prices for the available models:

  • Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 (S$1,599)
  • Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (S$1,599)
  • Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (S$2,199)

 

Source: Dell

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