Dell announced the new Inspiron 7577. It’s an upgrade to their midrange Inspiron 7567 (review), a successor to the popular 7559 (GTX 960M). The new 7577 comes with the much faster Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB GPU (optional?), an IPS as a default (guess: basic IPS), and a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port. The battery is sharnk to a 4-cell 56Wh (vs 74Wh), default Wifi upgraded to 2×2 module. CPU options will remain the 7th generation I5-7300HQ or I7-7700HQ for now, perhaps until the 35W 8th generation Coffee Lake parts are released. Price will start at $999 (probably before tax and also before discounts). It’s not clear to me whether the stated price is for the GTX 1060 6GB variant or the GTX 1050 Ti variant.
This move makes sense and was actually already been taken by Acer and Lenovo. The 7567 competes in the GTX 1050 Ti laptops section and costs $750-$900 typically, before tax. The 7567 is a relatively a good option compared to the weak competition in its section. However, currently, cheaper GTX 1060 gaming laptops deliver a lot more for almost the same price. These are the Acer Helios 300 (link), the Lenovo Y720 (link), and the Clevo N850HP6 (link) – all of them can be found for $900-$1100 typically and are equipped with a GTX 1060 6GB GPU an I7 and some extra feature, like an IPS display, Thunderbolt 3, or better thermals.
So, laptops like the 7567 were a somewhat harder choice – you got a significantly lower performance (around 35-45% on average) and only saved $100-$200 at best (around 20%), also letting go of an IPS display and perhaps some connection ports. That’s probably why Dell is following its competitors and adding a cheaper option with a GTX 1060.
We might review it when it comes out.