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IFA 2018 | Acer unveils the Aspire 7 and Aspire 5 with Intel 'Kaby Lake-G' and 'Whiskey Lake-U' options

The Acer Aspire 7 is now powered by Intel 'Kaby Lake-G'. (Source: Acer)
The Acer Aspire 7 is now powered by Intel 'Kaby Lake-G'. (Source: Acer)
At IFA 2018, Acer is taking wraps off its new Aspire notebook models. The budget-gamer focused Aspire is getting an upgrade to Intel 'Kaby Lake-G' CPUs with onboard Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics while the Aspire 5 is being upgraded to Intel's latest 'Whiskey Lake-U' 15 ULV chips with optional NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics.

Ever since Intel announced the new 'Kaby Lake-G' CPUs with onboard Radeon RX Vega graphics, we've been anticipating that many OEMs would embrace the new silicon. Unfortunately, only HP and Dell have put out a laptop each powered by the Intel 'Kaby Lake-G' Core i7-8705G and the Core i5-8305G chips. There may be more reasons to this than meets the eye but we're finally glad that Acer has now hopped onto the 'Kaby Lake-G' bandwagon with the new Aspire 7 that was unveiled at IFA 2018 today. Its sibling, the Aspire 5, also gets a decent upgrade to the new Intel 'Whiskey Lake-U' platform. Both the Acer Aspire 7 and Aspire 5 come with support for Amazon Alexa out of the box.

Acer Aspire 7

The Aspire 7 has always targeted budget gamers with its 15.6-inch and 17-inch screen sizes, 45W Intel HQ CPUs and discrete GPU options up to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. This time, Acer has opted to go the 'Kaby Lake-G' route and is the only notebook OEM to do so after HP and Dell introduced their versions early this year. While the Radeon RX Vega M GL with 4 GB HBM2 VRAM in the Core i7-8705G just falls short of the GTX 1060 in gaming, it is still a great option for those looking at a versatile GPU for content creation, gaming, and productivity. The Aspire 7 comes in both Core i5-8305G and Core i7-8705G options with support for up to 16 GB DDR4 RAM, up to 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD in RAID-0, a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello, and a backlit keyboard. Despite housing pretty powerful components, the Aspire 7 weighs just 1.5kg and is only 16.9mm thick.

Acer did not reveal whether a 17-inch model will be made available but the 15.6-inch version supports resolutions up to 4K UHD. The usual suite of Acer display and sound enhancements are present. Pricing and availability of the Aspire 7 will be announced at a later date.

Acer Aspire 5

The Acer Aspire 5 joins the just revealed Swift series in getting a 'Whiskey Lake-U' upgrade. These new 15W ULV CPUs come with integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi and the Aspire 5 also comes with an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 discrete GPU option that can accommodate moderate gaming. The 15.6-inch FHD display now sports overall slimmer bezels compared to last year's model and the notebook now weighs just 1.8kg. Options with a backlit keyboard and a fingerprint reader are also available. 

The Acer Aspire 5 will be available from November at a recommended starting price of €699 (US$816).

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Acer Aspire 7. (Source: Acer)
Acer Aspire 7. (Source: Acer)
Acer Aspire 7. (Source: Acer)
Acer Aspire 7. (Source: Acer)
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Acer Aspire 7 ports - left. (Source: Acer)
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Acer Aspire 7 ports - right. (Source: Acer)
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Acer Aspire 5. (Source: Acer)
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Acer Aspire 5 ports - left. (Source: Acer)
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Acer Aspire 5 ports - right. (Source: Acer)
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Acer Aspire 5. (Source: Acer)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-08-29 (Update: 2018-08-29)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
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.