At their IFA event today, Acer announced 2 new lines of devices, the Acer Swift devices, which take over the S line or ultrathin relatively high performance, and the Acer Spin series, taking the Spin series and adding a 360 degree hinge.
Though not only containing those two models, those are the two that are probably the most interesting, the Swift has 7,5,3 and 1 models same with the Spin, the higher number designating the performance and price, with 7 models costing upwards of $1000/€1000 and having either Core i7 or Core i5 processors, 8gb of RAM and fast PCIe SSDs.
Acer for what its worth has adopted Intel’s new naming scheme for their 7th gen Core processors. Whereas in the6th gen Architecture (Skylake) we have Core m3, m5 and m7 which were the Skylake-Y processors, Skylake-U was the 15w Core i3, i5 and i7. With 7th Gen Core (Kaby Lake) processors, Intel has muddled up the naming, there is still Core m3 for the Kaby Lake -Y series, but instead of m5 and m7 to designated Y series SKUs, Intel has gone and Called them Core i5 and i7, despite being Y-Series SKUs, or 4.5w SKUs, so these perform worse than the 15w or U-Series SKUs, yet are named identically, This bifurcation on Intel’s part is maddening
The Important part of these devices is what the 7th gen Kaby Lake processors allow them to do, namely, be thinner. The Spin 7 and Swift 7 are just a millimeter apart, at 10.98 and 9.98mm respectively, that’s thinner than Apple’s 12″ Macbook, Thinner than Asus’ Zenbook 3 and Thinner than HPs Spectre. The Spin and Swift 7 have 14″ 1080p IPS screens with micro-bezels (think Dell XPS 13) making them 14″ laptops in 13″ bodies, which is nothing short of amazing.
Weight is also something we don’t have to worry ourselves about because they’re between 1.1kg and 1.7kg, they’ll fit in even the most stringent of bags along with their thin waistlines a scant 9.98mm at the low end and a hair under 18mm at the thickest end, Asus has made portability a huge factor here, with thin waists and light weights.
-14″ 1080p IPS Screen
-Up to 7th Gen Core i5
-Up to 8GB of RAM
-Dual USB 3.1 Type-C Gen1 Ports
-Up to 9 hours battery life.
I’d add some of the others in, but honestly this was the most interesting one of the bunch.