In 2014 Dell introduced its infinity display: a near edge-to-edge screen with minimal bezel, as found on the XPS 13 laptop. It not only looked gorgeous but helped to keep the form factor down. Now, for the 2016 range its the turn of the larger XPS 15 to get the infinity display treatment, as the smallest 15-inch laptop available on the planet.
Yep, the Dell's 15.6-inch screen, which had only been available with typically large edge bezel until now, takes benefit of the new design, which we got to see ahead of today's official announcement. And it does look stunning, even if the XPS 15's 11-17mm tapered thickness can't claim to be quite as slender as the XPS 13's 9-15mm design (as our side-by-side gallery shots show).
In keeping with the latest top-spec features, the Dell XPS 15 comes with Full HD (1920 x 1080) and 4K (3840 x 2160) screen resolution options. Add to that the sixth-generation Intel Skylake chipsets - Core i5 and Core i7 will be available - with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM (at launch this will be limited to 16GB maximum).
Unlike the smaller XPS 13 - which also sees a 2016 upgrade to include Thunderbolt 3.0, the latest Skylake chipset and improved battery life to 18-hours - the XPS 15 can also house dedicated graphics, with the Nvidia GeForce 920M an optional extra. That makes it one good looking but also powerful laptop. That does cut the battery time down to 16-hours maximum however.
The XPS 15 also benefits from the Thunderbolt 3.0 port, but its increased size means an HDMI out and additional USB port - the later two of which are absent in the XPS 13.
Some have bemoaned Dell's choice of trackpad in the 2014 XPS models, which remains the same in both the 2015 models. We don't find it particularly problematic for our use, and the back-lit keyboard looks and feels just as good as before too.
Both 13- and 15-inch models also remain in the traditional laptop style, unlike the brand new XPS 12 2-in-1 device, which splits the XPS range like never before.
Pre-orders for the Dell XPS 15 (2016) begin 8 October on the official Dell website, with prices starting from £1,099; the Dell XPS 13 (2016) can be ordered from the same date, with prices starting at £849. Those optional extras will see the price skyrocket, though, and we don't yet have final details as to how much more expensive such additions are.