After chip maker Intel announced their latest generation CPUs last week, OEMs have begun announcing their upcoming models. Acer has announced their first laptops, the Swift 3 and Swift 5 powered by the new processors, with the Swift 5 verified as an Intel Evo Platform Notebook.
Both the Swift 3 and Swift 5 will go on-sale in Australia, with the Swift 5 due in November, with the Swift 3 due after. Both the Swift 3 and Swift 5 will be powered by the latest 11th Gen Intel Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs with Iris Xe graphics, as well as including Thunderbolt 4 support and Wifi 6.
The Swift 5 has been certified as an Intel Evo design, which is Intel’s new certification program that ensures the laptop meets a performance and hardware criteria. Acer says the Swift 3 has been certified for Project Athena – the forerunner to Evo certification, with a view to getting it Evo certified as well.
There will be two new Swift 3 models inbound, one with a 13.5-inch display and the other with a 14-inch display. Not a lot more is known about the specs beyond that it will have a ‘backlit keyboard, utilise fast and reliable SSD storage and support up to 16GB of LPDDR4X memory. In addition, both include Windows Hello via a fingerprint reader for easy and more secure logins’.
The Swift 5 will use a 14-inch display covered with a layer of Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass. The Swift 5 will impress anyone with all-day use, with Acer promising up to 17 hours of battery life. The Swift 5 is being positioned as an ultrathin-and-light notebook, with the unit weighing in at just 1Kg.
No Australian pricing has been announced for the Swift 3 or Swift 5 as yet, though US pricing for the units sees the Swift 5 is priced starting at $999 USD, while the Swift 3 starts at $699 USD.