Dell XPS 15 9520 vs. Dell XPS 15 9550: Full specs comparison

Here is a comparison of the specs between Dell XPS 15 9520 and Dell XPS 15 9550, including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Dell XPS 15 9520 Pros

Reasons that Dell XPS 15 9520 is better than Dell XPS 15 9550.

Much newer manufacturing

2022 vs. 2015

Much faster CPU performance

Intel Core i9-12900HK inside Dell XPS 15 9520 has a 323% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i7-6700HQ inside Dell XPS 15 9550.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
Dell XPS 15 9520 - Intel Core i9-12900HK
13,006
Dell XPS 15 9520 - Intel Core i7-12700H
11,774
Dell XPS 15 9520 - Intel Core i5-12500H
9,293
Dell XPS 15 9550 - Intel Core i7-6700HQ
3,073
Dell XPS 15 9550 - Intel Core i5-6300HQ
2,409
Dell XPS 15 9550 - Intel Core i3-6100H
1,597
Supports larger memory

Dell XPS 15 9520 supports a larger memory capacity than the Dell XPS 15 9550. It supports up to 64GB versus 32GB of system memory on the Dell XPS 15 9550.

Max system memory size
Dell XPS 15 9520
64 GB
Dell XPS 15 9550
32 GB
Supports faster memory

Dell XPS 15 9520 supports a faster memory speed than the Dell XPS 15 9550. It supports up to 4800MHz versus 2133MHz of system memory on the Dell XPS 15 9550.

Memory type and speed
Dell XPS 15 9520 - DDR5
4,800 MHz
Dell XPS 15 9550 - DDR4
2,133 MHz

Dell XPS 15 9550 Pros

Reasons that Dell XPS 15 9550 is better than Dell XPS 15 9520.

Has three more ports and slots

Dell XPS 15 9550 has more ports and slots count than the Dell XPS 15 9520. It has nine versus six amount of ports and slots on the Dell XPS 15 9520.

PortsDell XPS 15 9520Dell XPS 15 9550
Battery gauge buttonNoYes
full-size SD card slotYesYes
HDMINoYes
headphone jackYesYes
lock slotYesYes
power portNoYes
Thunderbolt 3NoYes
Thunderbolt 4Yes x2No
USB-ANoYes x2
USB-CYesNo
Total69
More versatile connectivity

Dell XPS 15 9550 has better versatile I/O connectivity than the Dell XPS 15 9520. It has six versus four commonly used ports and slots on the Dell XPS 15 9520.

PortsDell XPS 15 9520Dell XPS 15 9550
full-size SD card slotYesYes
headphone jackYesYes
HDMINoYes
power portNoYes
Thunderbolt 3NoYes
Thunderbolt 4YesNo
USB-ANoYes
USB-CYesNo

Prices

Here are the latest price updates and offers for both devices.

Dell XPS 15 9520 Price
Dell XPS 15 9520 15.6" FHD+ (Intel 12th Gen 14-Core i7-12700H (Beat i9-11980HK), 64GB DDR5 RAM, 2TB PCIe SSD, RTX 3050) Business Laptop, Backlit, Fingerprint, Thunderbolt 4, Webcam, Win 11 Pro
Dell XPS 15 9520 15.6" FHD+ (Intel 12th Gen 14-Core i7-12700H (Beat i9-11980HK), 64GB DDR5 RAM, 2TB PCIe SSD, RTX 3050) Business Laptop, Backlit, Fingerprint, Thunderbolt 4, Webcam, Win 11 Pro
By Dell
$1,999.99
Dell XPS 15 9520 15.6" Laptop Intel Core i7-12700H(14-Core) 1TB PCIe SSD 32GB RAM FHD+ (1920x1200) 500 Nit RTX 3050 Windows 11 PRO
Dell XPS 15 9520 15.6" Laptop Intel Core i7-12700H(14-Core) 1TB PCIe SSD 32GB RAM FHD+ (1920x1200) 500 Nit RTX 3050 Windows 11 PRO
By Dell
$1,499.00
$2,029.00 26% OFF
Dell XPS 15 9520 (Latest Model) Intel 12th Gen Core i9-12900HK (14-CORE) 1TB PCIe SSD 32GB DDR5 RAM FHD+ Non Touch RTX 3050Ti Win 11 Pro (Renewed)
Dell XPS 15 9520 (Latest Model) Intel 12th Gen Core i9-12900HK (14-CORE) 1TB PCIe SSD 32GB DDR5 RAM FHD+ Non Touch RTX 3050Ti Win 11 Pro (Renewed)
By Dell
$2,224.77
Dell XPS 15 9550 Price
Dell XPS 15 9550 Business Laptop, 15.6" FHD (1920×1080), Intel Core i7-6700 up to 3.8 GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10 pro (Renewed)
Dell XPS 15 9550 Business Laptop, 15.6" FHD (1920×1080), Intel Core i7-6700 up to 3.8 GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10 pro (Renewed)
By Dell
$302.72
DE10020 Dell XPS 15 9550-15.6" 4K Touch - i7-6700HQ - NVIDA GTX960M - 16GB - 1TB PCIe SSD
DE10020 Dell XPS 15 9550-15.6" 4K Touch - i7-6700HQ - NVIDA GTX960M - 16GB - 1TB PCIe SSD
By Dell
$791.00
Dell Original XPS 15 Laptop Charger 130W(watt) AC Power Adapter(Power Supply) with 3 Prong Power Cord - Precision M3800 5510 5520 5530,XPS 9530 9550 9560 9570
Dell Original XPS 15 Laptop Charger 130W(watt) AC Power Adapter(Power Supply) with 3 Prong Power Cord - Precision M3800 5510 5520 5530,XPS 9530 9550 9560 9570
By Dell
$41.25

Availability

Dell XPS 15 9520Dell XPS 15 9550
Released20222015
Release DateAnnounced on March 25, 2022.-
PricingWindows 11 Home
  • $1,439
    i5-12500H, 8GB, 512GB, Intel UHD, FHD+ Non-touch
Windows 11 Pro
  • $1,499
    i5-12500H, 8GB, 512GB, Intel UHD, FHD+ Non-touch
  • $1,599
    i5-12500H, 16GB, 512GB, Intel Iris Xe, FHD+ Non-touch
  • $1,949 
    i7-12700H, 16GB, 512GB, RTX 3050, FHD+ Non-touch
  • $2,049 
    i7-12700H, 16GB, 512GB, RTX 3050 Ti, FHD+ Non-touch
  • $2,349 
    i7-12700H, 16GB, 512GB, RTX 3050 Ti, 4K UHD+ Touch
  • $2,399 
    i9-12900HK, 16GB, 512GB, RTX 3050 Ti, FHD+ Touch
  • $2,699 
    i9-12900HK, 16GB, 512GB, RTX 3050 Ti, 3.5K OLED Touch
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Generations

Exterior

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Size Comparison
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Dimensions13.56” x 9.06” x 0.73” (344.40 x 230.10 x 18.54 mm)14.06 x 9.27 x 0.45 - 0.66 in (357 x 235 x 11 - 17 mm)
Width: 14.06” (357 mm)
Depth: 9.27” (235 mm)
Height: 0.45 - 0.66” (11 - 17 mm)
Weight
  • 4.06 lb (1.84 kg)
    Non-touch with 56Wh.
  • 4.22 lb (1.92 kg)
    Non-touch with 86Wh.
  • 4.31 lb (1.96 kg)
    OLED touch with 86Wh.
  • 4.62 lb (2.10 kg)
    4K+ touch with 86Wh.
  • 3-cell battery models: 3.9 lb (1.78 kg)
  • 6-cell battery models: 4.4 lb (2.0 kg)
Colors
  • Platinum Silver exterior Black interior
  • CNC machined aluminum in platinum silver with carbon fiber composite palm rest in black
  • Edge-to-edge Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 on the touch panel
  • CNC machined aluminum
  • Edge-to-edge Corning® Gorilla® Glass NBT™ on 4K Ultra HD display
  • Carbon fiber composite palm rest with soft-touch paint
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Full size, backlit chiclet keyboard.
  • Built-in Fingerprint Reader.
    On power button.
  • 5.94 x 3.54 in (150.90 mm x 90 mm) touchpad with multi-touch gesture support.
  • Full size, backlit chiclet keyboard; 1.3mm travel.
  • 4.13 x 3.15 in (105 mm x 80 mm) touchpad with multi-touch gesture support.

Display

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Size15.6 Inches15.6 Inches
Info
  • 15.6” FHD+ Nontouch
    1920 x 1200 145 PPI 500 nits 16:10 100% sRGB 1650:1 60Hz Dolby Vision™️ Eyesafe®️ Anti-glare WVA 4.41 W
  • 15.6” 3.5K OLED Touch
    3456 x 2160 261 PPI 400 nits 16:10 100% DCI-P3 SDR (80000:1) HDR(124000:1) 60Hz DisplayHDR™️ 500TB Dolby Vision™️ Eyesafe®️ Anti-glare WVA 8.74 W
  • 15.6” 4K UHD+ Touch
    3840 x 2400 290 PPI 500 nits 16:10 100% AdobeRGB 94% DCI-P3 1600:1 60Hz DisplayHDR™️ 400 Dolby Vision™️ Eyesafe®️ Anti-glare WVA 10.4 W
  • 15.6-inch WED FHD non-touchscreen
    1920 x 1080, IPS, 141 PPI, 400-nit brightness 100% sRGB, InfinityEdge Anti-Glare, Non-touch support.
     
  • 15.6-inch WED UHD touchscreen
    3840 x 2160, IPS, 282 PPI, 350-nit brightness, 100% AdobeRGB, InfinityEdge Anti-Reflective, Touch support.

Ports

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Dell XPS 15 9520 Ports
Image Source: Dell
Left (3)
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 4
    40 Gpbs, USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), DisplayPort, Power Delivery
  • 1 x lock slot
Right (3)
  • 1 x USB-C
    USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), DisplayPort, Power Delivery
  • 1 x full-size SD card slot
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
Dell XPS 15 9550 Ports
Image Source: Dell
Left (5)
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 3
    40 Gpbs, USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), PCIe Gen 3 x2, DisplayPort, Power Delivery
  • 1 x USB-A
    USB 3.0 (5 Gbps), PowerShare
  • 1 x HDMI
    v2.0
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
  • 1 x power port
Right (4)
  • 1 x USB-A
    USB 3.0 (5 Gbps), PowerShare
  • 1 x full-size SD card slot
  • 1 x lock slot
  • 1 x Battery gauge button

Internal Specs

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Processor
  1. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-12500H
    12 cores, 16 threads, 2.50 → 4.50 GHz, 18MB SmartCache, 45W
  2. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-12700H
    14 cores, 20 threads, 2.30 → 4.70 GHz, 24MB SmartCache, 45W
  3. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-12900HK
    14 cores, 20 threads, 2.50 → 5.00 GHz, 24MB SmartCache, 45W
  1. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-6100H
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.70 GHz, 3MB SmartCache, 35W
  2. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300HQ
    4 cores, 4 threads, 2.30 → 3.20 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 45W
  3. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.60 → 3.50 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 45W
Integrated Graphics
  1. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-12500H
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    80 Execution Units, 400 → 1300 MHz
  2. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-12700H
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    96 Execution Units, 400 → 1400 MHz
  3. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-12900HK
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    96 Execution Units, 400 → 1450 MHz
  1. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-6100H
    Intel® HD Graphics 530
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 900 MHz
  2. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300HQ
    Intel® HD Graphics 530
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 950 MHz
  3. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ
    Intel® HD Graphics 530
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1050 MHz
Memory
4 GB 8 GB 16 GB 32 GB 64 GB
4800 MHz Dual-channel DDR5 RAM.
2 x SODIMM slots.
  • 8 GB 16 GB 32 GB
    2133 MHz Dual-channel DDR4 RAM.
Discrete Graphics
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050
    Ampere Architecture 4GB GDDR6 128-bit 2304 CUDA Cores 40W
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 Ti
    Ampere Architecture 4GB GDDR6 128-bit 2560 CUDA Cores 45W
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M (Optional)
    Maxwell Architecture, 2GB GDDR5 128-bit, 1033 → 1098 MHz, 640 CUDA Cores.
Storage
256 GB 512 GB 1 TB 2TB 4TB 8TB
  PCIe Gen 4 x4 NVMe SSD.
Up to 64Gbps.
  • Storage slots: 2 x M.2 2230/2280 slots.
  • 500GB/32GB SSD 512GB/128GB SSD
    Hybrid Hard Drive.
  • 256 GB 512 GB
    PCIe Gen 3 SSD.

Connectivity

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Wi-FiIntel Killer 1675 (AX211)
Dual Band 2.4GHz/5GHz Up to 2400 Mbps WiFi 6 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  • DW1820A
    Up to 867 Mbps, Dual band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g, WiFi-4 (802.11n), WiFi-5 (802.11ac).
BluetoothBluetooth 5.2
  • Bluetooth 4.1

Battery

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Size
  • 56 Wh
    3-cell "smart" lithium-ion.
  • 86 Wh
    6-cell "smart" lithium-ion.
  • 3-cell smart lithium-ion 56 Wh
  • 6-cell smart lithium-ion 84 Wh
Battery Life
  • 13 hours 20 minutes
    On a FHD+ with 86Wh model.
  • 9 hours 13 minutes
    On a OLED 3.5K with 86Wh model.
  • 8 hours 42 minutes
    On a 4K UHD+ with 86Wh model.
  • Up to 17 hours
* Tested on 84 WHr battery, FHD panel, SSD models.
Power Supply
  • 90 W USB Type-C power adapter
    Power rated at 5VDC/3A, 9VDc/3A, 15VDC/3A, 20VDC/4.5A.
  • 130 W USB Type-C power adapter
    Power rated at 5VDC/1A, 20VDC/6.5A.
130 W power adapter
Power rated at 19.50VDC/6.67A.

Software

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OSWindows 11
Home Pro
Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Pro
Built-in Apps
  • Microsoft Office 30-days trial
  • McAfee LiveSafe™ 12 Month Subscription
  • Microsoft Office 30-days trial
  • McAfee LiveSafe™ 12 Month Subscription

Camera & Audio

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Camera
  • Front-facing camera
    Top-mount front camera with fixed focus lens, 0.92 Megapixels (1280 x 720 HD) at 30 fps.
  • Infrared camera
    576 x 360 (VGA) at 30 fps for Windows Hello Facial Recognition.
  • Front-facing camera
    Bottom-mount front camera with fixed focus lens, 0.92 Megapixels (1280 x 720 HD) at 30 fps.
Audio
  • Realtek ALC3281-CG
  • Studio quality tuning with Waves MaxxAudio® Pro and Waves Nx® 3D audio
  • Quad-speaker design with 2.5W x2 woofers and 1.5W x2 tweeters = 8W total peak output
  • Dual microphone array optimized with Waves MaxxVoice supporting VoIP - Microsoft Cortana capable
  • Realtek ALC3266 with Waves MaxxAudio Pro
  • Two speakers (2W x 2 = 4W total)
  • Digital-array microphones

Misc

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Sensors
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Windows Hello compliant fingerprint reader in the power button
  • IR Camera
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Security
  • Windows Hello with Fingerprint Sign in
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
  • Wedge-shaped lock
  • Kensington lock slot
Warranty1 Year ProSupport with Next Business Day Onsite Service-

Key Features

Dell XPS 15 9520Dell XPS 15 9550
At Glance
Released in Early
2022
16:10 3.5K
15.6”
2160p OLED
Weight
4.06 lb
1.84 kg
Up to
Intel Core i9-12900HK
14C/20T, 2.50 → 5.00 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,798
Single Core
Geekbench 5
13,006
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
96 Execution Units, 400 → 1450 MHz
Upgradable up to
64GB
4800 MHz DDR5
Dell XPS 15 9520 Ports
Nvidia GeForce
RTX 3050Ti
4GB GDDR6 45W TGP
Starting at
$1,439
i5-12500H, 8GB, 512GB
Up to
13 Hours
Battery Life
Built-in
Facial Recognition
Built-in
Fingerprint Reader
Featuring
Waves Nx® 3D
2 Woofers + 2 Tweeters
Supports
Dell Power Manager
Controls fan, battery life, & performance
Released in
2015
16:9 4K UHD
15.6”
2160p 60Hz
Weight
3.9 lb
1.77 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4C/8T, 2.60 → 3.50 GHz
Geekbench 5
798
Single Core
Geekbench 5
3,073
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® HD Graphics 530
24 Execution Units, 350 → 1050 MHz
Up to
32GB
2133 MHz DDR4
Dell XPS 15 9550 Ports
Nvidia Quadro
GTX 960M
2GB GDDR5

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