Acer yesterday announced it’s Swift 5 notebook, the world’s lightest 15-inch notebook. Weighing less than a kilogram (990 g/2.2 pounds), the Acer Swift 5 packs some decent hardware in the form of Intel’s 8th Gen CPUs.

The Swift 5 is built atop the 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8565U and Core i5-8265U processors and  supports up to 16 GB of DDR4 SDRAM and up to a 1 TB NVMe PCIe SSD for speedy boot times. Along with all this, Acer is promising a battery life of up to 10 hours.

 Acer Swift 5

The Acer Swift 5 has a 1080p IPS touchscreen display with ultra-narrow bezels measuring just 5.87 mm, giving it a slick screen-to-body ratio similar to most of the flagship smartphone devices. The notebook also has support for Acer TrueHarmony and optimized Dolby Audio to enhance the listening experience.

“Acer is consistently developing new ways to engineer thin-and-light chassis designs that house the latest technology with stellar features. The industry-leading sub-1 kg weight on the new Swift 5 delivers all that’s best in an ultra-portable notebook: a sleek chassis, stylish design and slim bezels with superb performance and battery life.”

Jerry Hou, GM of Consumer Notebooks at Acer Inc

The Swift 5 boasts a magnesium-lithium alloy for a thinner design while maximizing durability without bending or twisting. The magnesium-aluminum alloy palm rest provides an extra sturdy base when using the keyboard and trackpad. The slim chassis measures only 15.9 mm (0.63 inches) thin.

 Acer Swift 5

Courtesy of Intel’s new chips, the Acer Swift 5 also gets an updated WiFi connection with 2×2 802.11ac wireless Gigabit performance. It features a USB 3.1 Type-C Gen-2 port, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports and an HDMI port.

Acer Swift 3 and Swift 5 14″ Get Upgrades

At the same time, Acer has also updated it’s older 14” Swift 5 and Swift 3 lineup with the Intel 8th Gen processors. The 14” Swift 5 packs a battery life of 8 hours, and weighs only 2.14 pounds with a thickness of 14.9 mm.

 Acer Swift 5

The Swift 3 will be primarily available in two models, with 13.3” and 14” 1080p displays. The notebooks are expected to offer a standby battery-life of 13 hours. Just like the Swift 5, it supports upto 8 GB of RAM, however the max NVMe SSD size has been cut down to 512 GiB. The 14″ model also provides the option of a discrete GPU in the form of the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU for casual gaming and other multimedia.

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Swift 5 15″ display will be available in North America in January, 2019, starting at $1,099; in EMEA in November, starting at €1,099; and in China, in November, starting at ¥7,499.

The Acer Swift 5 14″ display will be available in EMEA in September, starting at €999; and in China, in November, starting at ¥7,499.

The Acer Swift 3 13″ will be available in EMEA in October starting at €799. The Acer Swift 3 14″ will be available in NA in November, starting at $799.99 and in EMEA in January, 2019, starting at €799.

Further reading:

Acer Unveils Thronos Gaming Chair With Triple Monitors & Steel Built
Acer Unveils 4K Gaming Monitors With NVIDIA G-Sync and 144 Hz Rates
Intel 8th Gen: Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake Launched For Ultrabooks

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