IFA 2016 | Acer announces thin notebook-series Swift
Acer introduces two particularly thin mobile devices at IFA 2016. According to Acer, the new device Swift 7 with a height of just 9.98 millimeters and a weight of just 1,100 grams is the thinnest notebook in the world, while the Spin 7 at 10.98 millimeters in a full-aluminum body is the thinnest convertible in the world.
Acer's new Swift-series consists of extremely thin notebooks in a metal chassis equipped with Intel Core processors and USB 3-1 Type-C ports. There are three series called Swift 3 (14-inch), Swift 5 (14-inch in a 13.3-inch case) and Swift 7 (13.3-inch). The Swift 1 with a 14-inch screen will have a lower price and waive the metal chassis.
The Acer Swift 7 only tips the scale at 1,100 grams and is just 9.98 millimeters high. Thanks to a solid full-metal case made of aluminum and Corning Gorilla Glass, the thin feather weight is a sturdy travel companion. The case of the Swift 7 is matte black with a golden C-cover. The 13.3-inch IPS display features the Full-HD resolution. Acer specifies the battery runtime of the Swift 7 with up to 9 hours.
The core components consist of the brand-new 7th generation Intel Core processors with the code name Kaby Lake. Depending on the model, you will get fast SSD storage and 8 GB RAM. WLAN 802.11ac, two USB Type-C ports, an illuminated keyboard and a 72 mm touchpad complete the feature list of the Swift 7.
The Swift 5 is 14.4 millimeters thin and weighs 1,360 grams. The display of the Swift 5 is a 14-inch Full-HD IPS screen inside a 13.3-inch case. The Swift 5 is available in Pearl White with golden elements or Obsidian Black with silver accents. Inside the Swift 5 are new Kaby Lake Intel Core processors in combination with fast SSDs (256 or 512 GB) and up to 8 GB RAM. Acer specifies battery runtimes of up to 10 hours for the series. A keyboard with background illumination, a reversible USB 3.1 Type-C port as well as an optional fingerprint scanner complete the package of the Swift 5.
Besides a height of 17.95 millimeters and a weight of 1,500 grams, the Acer Swift 3 comes with a matte surface made of brushed aluminum. Acer mentions battery runtimes of up to 10 hours, a matte 14-inch Full-HD IPS display, 6th (Skylake) and 7th generation (Kaby Lake) Intel Core i processors, up to 512 GB SSD storage, up to 8 GB RAM and dual-band 802.11ac WLAN. The Swift 3 also sports a USB 3.1 Type-C port as well as a backlit keyboard including 72 mm touchpad. An optional fingerprint scanner increases the security in combination with Windows Hello.
The Swift 1 is a budget model designed for students and price-conscious users. At 1,600 grams and a height of 17.9 millimeters, it is also capable of mobile usage scenarios. The lid with a brushed surface is supposed to minimize fingerprints and scratches. Thanks to a runtime of up to 12 hours, students should be able to manage a full day in school. The Swift 1 models are equipped with 14-inch screens as well as Intel Pentium or Celeron processors, 4 GB RAM and either a 64 or 128 GB eMMC.
Price and Availability (according to the manufacturer):
- Swift 7: available in the end of September at an RRP of 1,299 Euros
- Swift 5: available in November starting at 799 Euros
- Swift 3: available in the end of September starting at 599 Euros
- Swift 1: available in November starting at 399 Euros
You can see the Swift 7, other models from the new Swift-series and many more new devices at the Acer booth 107 in hall 12 at the IFA in Berlin.
Below you will find some impressions from the Acer Swift 7 at the IFA 2016 press conference. One of the pictures also shows detailed specifications of the demo unit with Core m7-7Y75, Kingston 256 GB SSD and Qualcomm WiFi.