Released last October, Dell's Alienware m15 laptop was the brand’s first attempt to address the growing market for stylish and portable gaming laptops. The 15.6-inch machine indeed looks very impressive and with new CPU, GPU, and display upgrades that Dell is going to offer, the notebook is set to get even faster and should offer performance comparable to that of small form-factor gaming desktops.

Starting late January, Dell will offer updated versions of its Alienware m15 notebooks that powered by up to Intel’s latest mobile CPUs – including its six-core Core i9-8950HK CPUs – and accompanied by NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2070 Max-Q, or 2080 Max-Q graphics processors. There will also be entry level configurations equipped with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, but it remains to be seen how widespread such configs will be.

Besides the new CPU and GPU options, the updated Alieware m15 will offer slightly different storage subsystems. The upcoming models will come with up to a 1 TB PCIe SSD in a single-drive builds (up from 256 GB SATA SSDs today) as well as up to two 1 TB PCIe SSDs in dual-drive configurations (up from 1 TB PCIe SSD + 1 TB HDD today).

On the display side of things, top-of-the-range Alienware m15 models will come with a 4K HDR 400-rated display panel, which will be able to hit up to 500 nits brightness in HDR mode. Dell will continue to offer Full-HD and Ultra-HD IPS LCDs with cheaper models, as well as Full-HD 144 Hz TN panels to hardcore gamers seeking the highest refresh rates.

The new Alienware m15 will retain the current Epic Silver and Nebula Red chassis designs, outfitted with the AlienFX RGB lighting. The laptops are 20.99 mm (0.8264 inch) thick and weigh 2.16 kg (4.76 lbs). The upcoming laptops will also keep using a 60 Wh battery that will be installed by default and is rated for 7.1 hours of video playback, with an optional 90 Wh upgrade for build-to-order configurations (obviously, such builds will weigh more than 2.16 kilograms).

The new Alienware m15 laptops will hit the market on January 29, 2019. Prices will start at $1,580. The entry level config is said to use the “latest NVIDIA graphics”, presumably the GeForce RTX 2060 since the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti belongs to the previous generation.

General Specifications of Dell's 2019 Alienware m15
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1080p 60 Hz
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1080p 144 Hz
Alienware m15
Alienware m15
4K HDR400
Display Size 15.6"
Resolution 1920×1080 3840×2160
Brightness 300 cd/m² ? 400 cd/m² 500 cd/m²
Color Gamut 72% NTSC (?) ? ~100% sRGB ~100% sRGB (?)
Refresh Rate 60 Hz 144 Hz 60 Hz
CPU Intel Core i5-8300H - 4C/8T, 2.3 - 4 GHz, 8 MB cache, 45 W
Intel Core i7-8750H - 6C/12T, 2.2 - 4.1 GHz, 9 MB cache, 45 W
Intel Core i9-8950HK - 6C/12T, 2.9 - 4.5 GHz, 12 MB cache, 45 W
Graphics Integrated UHD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)
Discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB GDDR5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with 6 GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q with 6 GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q with 8 GB GDDR6
RAM 8 GB single-channel DDR4-2667
16 GB dual-channel DDR4-2667
32 GB dual-channel DDR4-2667
Storage Single Drive 256 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
1 TB HDD with 8 GB NAND cache
Dual Drive 128 GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1 TB (+8 GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive
256 GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1 TB (+8 GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive
512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1 TB (+8 GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive
1 TB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1 TB (+8 GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive
118 GB Intel Optane SSD + 1 TB (+8 GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive
256 GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 256 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
1 TB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1 TB PCIe M.2 SSD
Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Default Qualcomm QCA6174A 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2
Optional Killer Wireless 1550 2x2 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0
Thunderbolt 1 × USB Type-C TB3 port
USB 3 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
Display Outputs 1 × Mini DisplayPort 1.3
1 × HDMI 2.0
GbE Killer E2500 GbE controller
Webcam 1080p webcam
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, TRRS audio jack, trackpad, Alienware Graphics Amplifier port, etc.
Battery Default 60 Wh
Optional 90 Wh
Dimensions Thickness 20.99 mm | 0.8264 inch
Width 362.86 mm | 14.286 inch
Depth 275 mm | 10.8 inch
Weight (average) 2.16 kilograms | 4.76 lbs
Operating System Windows 10 or Windows 10 Pro

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Source: Dell

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  • 007ELmO - Monday, January 7, 2019 - link

    Good, I held off on prior thin and light laptops for these announcements.
  • ToTTenTranz - Monday, January 7, 2019 - link

    "NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q with 6 GB GDDR6"

    Is this a typo or does the RTX2070 Max-Q really come with 6GB GDDR6?
  • PeachNCream - Monday, January 7, 2019 - link

    At least we know MSI isn't the only company giving Rivet Networks a knob fondle under the sheets in the name of proclaiming "premium" and "gaming l33t" network adapters to clueless customers that are too starry-eye enamored with making their computer into a lewd e-peen, banner-waving bragfest to bother learning the most basic bits of how TCP/IP networks operate.

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