Acer Swift 3 featuring a 10th-generation Intel Ice Lake CPU, 2K screen, and more launched in India for INR 64,999 (US$865)
The Ice Lake refresh of the Acer Swift 3 is finally available for purchase in India. It comes almost two months after the AMD-powered version of the notebook was launched in the country. Consumers will finally have the option to choose between Intel and AMD variants of the laptop.
The Acer Swift 3 can be configured with an Intel Core i5-1035G4 or Intel Core i7-1065G7. It isn't possible to add a dedicated GPU, and one has to make do with the onboard Iris Plus Graphics G7 iGPU. Up to 16GB of RAM can be added, along with a 1TB NVMe SSD. However, that configuration is restricted to the i7 variant of the laptop. The i5 version comes with a 512GB NVMe SSD and 8GB of system memory. Both models come with a 13.5-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 2,256 x 1,504 pixels and a peak brightness of 400 nits. It is one of the few laptops in this price point that comes with a 2K screen.
Connectivity options are a tad lacking on the Acer Swift 3. The notebook comes with a USB 2.0 and a USB 3.0 port. However, one gets a fully-functional USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3.0 port. The lack of a micro SD card reader is a bit of a bummer, as it forces users to buy third-party accessories for the functionality. The Acer Swift 3's 56WH battery can provide up to 15 hours of battery life, though real-world testing shows that the number varies according to the type of workload. Other connectivity options include support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.
Lastly, the Ice Lake refresh of the Acer Swift 3 will retail at INR 64,999 (US$865) for the i5 flavor. In contrast, the AMD version costs INR 59,999 (US$800). Our tests have shown that AMD vastly outperforms Intel across the board. All you get for the extra $65 is a 2K screen. The laptop will be available for purchase on Acer's official website and offline channels in the coming days.