Acer’s new Swift 7 ultrabook is once again the world’s slimmest
Acer has announced an updated version of its Swift 7 notebook, once again claiming the crown for being the thinnest in the world.
The unibody aluminum chassis measures just 8.98mm thick, so you’ll be able to slip it easily into your bag. What’s new is that Acer is now positioning the laptop as an “always-connected” PC, so it now comes with integrated LTE connectivity for working on the road.
LTE connectivity is provided by the built-in Intel XMM 4G LTE modem, and this may be Acer’s way of providing an Intel-based alternative to the recent crop of ARM-powered laptops. The Swift 7 comes with a nano SIM slot, but it also supports eSIM technology so you can download and activate eSIM profiles.
However, the Swift 7 equipped with a 7th-generation Intel Core processor, and we’d really like to have seen an 8th-generation chip instead. That aside, it can be configured with 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM and a 256GB PCIe SSD, which is sufficient but not class-leading.
The screen has been upgraded to a 14-inch panel, up from 13.3-inches on the old Swift 7. The resolution remains at 1,920 x 1,080-pixels, perhaps in the interest of battery life, with Acer claiming up to 10 hours of use on a single charge.
Acer also revealed an update to the Spin 3 convertible, and the notebook now comes with 8th-generation Intel processors and up to 12 hours of battery life. The display has also been reduced from 15.6-inches to 14-inches, so it’s slightly more portable and manageable.
And true to the Spin name, the 360-degree hinge lets you use it in laptop, tablet, tent, or display modes.
The Swift 7 and Spin 3 start at US$1,699 and US$599 respectively.