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CES 2020 | Acer Swift 3 is now Project Athena-certified and puts buyers in an Intel vs AMD conundrum

Acer is offering Intel and AMD options with the new Swift 3. (Source: Acer)
Acer is offering Intel and AMD options with the new Swift 3. (Source: Acer)
Acer is offering consumers the benefit of doubt with the new Swift 3. The Swift 3 comes in both Intel Ice Lake and AMD Ryzen 4000 variants. While both the variants share many common features and connectivity options, the Intel version is Project Athena-certified, supports Thunderbolt 3, and comes with a higher resolution 3:2 display.

Acer's popular ultrabook is getting the customary yearly upgrade at CES 2020. The new Swift 3 offers a choice of Intel Ice Lake and AMD Ryzen 4000 APUs in two variants, which differ primarily in screen size, Thunderbolt 3, and pricing. 

The Swift 3 SF313-52/G features a 13.5-inch 2,256 x 1,504 display with a taller 3:2 aspect ratio and weighs just 1.19 kg. The display covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut and is further enhanced by Acer's own suite of Color Intelligence and ExaColor software. The Swift 3 SF313 is powered by Intel Ice Lake processors ranging from the Core i3-1005G1 to the Core i7-1065G7 and has been co-engineered with Intel, meaning it is Project Athena-certified with a promise of quick responsiveness and long battery life. 

The Swift 3 SF314-42 sports a 14-inch 16:9 FHD display and is powered by AMD's latest 7nm Ryzen 4000 processors such as the Ryzen 7 4700U. Both the Intel and AMD Swift 3 variants have common features such as LPDDR4X RAM up to 16 GB, up to 1 TB PCIe SSD, backlit keyboard, Wi-Fi 6, Wave on Voice (WoV) function, integrated Windows Hello-compliant fingerprint reader, a similar port selection with USB Type-C, USB 3.1 Gen2, and DisplayPort ports. The Intel Swift 3's USB Type-C also offers Thunderbolt 3 capability that is not available in the AMD version. Moreover, Intel's co-engineering with Acer for Project Athena may afford the Swift 3 Intel variant a longer battery runtime of 16 hours compared to the AMD version. 

On expected lines, the Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 AMD version is priced lower than its Intel cousin. Prices for the AMD version start from US$599 and will be available in North America from May while in EMEA, the retail pricing starts from €699 with expected availability in Q1.

The Acer Swift 3 SF313-52/G Intel version starts from US$699 and is slated to be available from March. In EMEA, the laptop starts from €999 and is expected to be available from Q1. 

Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 AMD. (Source: Acer)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 AMD. (Source: Acer)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 AMD. (Source: Acer)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 AMD. (Source: Acer)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 AMD. (Source: Acer)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 AMD. (Source: Acer)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52/G Intel. (Source: Acer)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52/G Intel. (Source: Acer)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52/G Intel. (Source: Acer)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52/G Intel. (Source: Acer)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52/G Intel. (Source: Acer)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52/G Intel. (Source: Acer)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2020-01- 7 (Update: 2020-01- 7)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.