CES 2018: Acer Announces Redesigned Swift 7, "World's Thinnest Laptop"

Subject: Mobile | January 6, 2018 - 06:21 PM |
Tagged: xmm, ultrabook, thinnest, swift 7, LTE, Intel, CES 2018, acer

Acer took the opportunity today to announce several new notebook designs ahead of CES 2018. One of the more interesting and unexpected items is the newly redesigned Acer Swift 7 notebook.

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Touted as the "World's Thinnest Laptop" by Acer, the Swift 7 comes in an impressive 8.98mm (0.35-in) thick. To put that figure into some context, consider that the Core M-based 12" MacBook which was praised for its thin form factor comes in at 13.2mm (0.52-in) at it's thickest point.

Currently, the information we have about the hardware of the Swift 7 is a bit sparse. While Acer states it will feature a 7th Generation Core processor, we don't yet know if this is referring to a 3.5W processor like the i7-7Y75, or a higher power 15W processor such as the i7-7500U. While I am desperately hoping that Acer has managed to integrate a 15W processor into this design, it seems likely to be using a Y-series part.

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In addition to the i7 processor, the Swift 7 will be equipped with 256 GB of PCIe storage, as well as 8GB of LPDDR3 memory.

Even with its super-thin form-factor, the Acer Swift 7 manages to pack another surprise, the addition of built-in LTE connectivity. Unlike other connected Windows devices we have seen recently, the Swift 7 is opting for an Intel XMM Modem solution instead of Qualcomm's offerings. The Swift 7 will feature a built-in eSIM for a fast and easy subscription process to your carrier of choice.

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In addition, Acer is also partnering with a company called Transatel to provide one month's worth of free trial LTE access (up to 1GB of data) for owners of the Swift 7. Transatel partners with carriers all over the world with their international data SIM service, meaning this connectivity will be available in 48 countries.

As you might expect, the "World's Thinnest Laptop" doesn't come cheap, starting at $1699 for the base configuration with availability set to begin in March. 

Additionally, Acer also updated us on their previously announced Switch 7 Black Edition 2-in-1 device.

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First discussed at the IFA trade show last year, the Switch 7 Black Edition is billed as the most powerful fanless 2-in-1 device. Not only will it feature a quad-core 8th Generation Intel processor, but Acer also is packing in an NVIDIA GeForce MX 150 discrete GPU cooled by their Dual LiquidLoop heat pipe design.

The Switch 7 Black Edition will be shipping later this month, with the earlier announced base price of $1699

Source: Acer

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January 6, 2018 | 07:10 PM - Posted by James

I have thought it would be better to put the processor behind the display, and just put storage and battery in the base. Laptops with air intakes on the bottom always seemed like a bad idea since they can be easily blocked. In the screen, you can have the air intakes at the bottom of the screen, which would still be off the surface, and the exhaust on the top where it will not bother the user. I don’t know how a lot of heat will affect the screen but it sounds like this will not be producing much heat anyway.

In fact, it seems too thin. I looked at the larger iPad Pro, but I had concerns how it would take being placed in a backpack. It seemed too thin, possibly not sturdy enough. My old MacBook Pro from about 2007 with a core 2 duo was thin enough for the most part. Weight is a concern, but thinner doesn’t really help much, unless it reduces weight significantly. I would prefer more processing power and better cooling to any thinner. I would also like more repair-ability, which is why I have not purchased a MacBook Pro since that 2007 model. I will not buy a machine with a soldered on SSD. It is bad enough that we have to accept complete lack of repair-ability in phones. It isn’t necessary in laptop sized devices. It isn’t even a good idea in phones either. If the battery was easily replaceable in iPhones, we wouldn’t have the slowing the processor down with slightly aged batteries. You just replace the battery easily when it degrades past a certain point. Although that is a bit of a design flaw in the first place that it can pull more power than the battery can supply after such a small amount of battery wear. This indicates that the battery was under sized for the device from the start.

January 6, 2018 | 08:55 PM - Posted by 2400_Baud

"..the Core M-based 12" MacBook which was praised for its thin form factor comes in at 1.32mm (0.52-in)."

I think you meant "... at 13.20mm (0.52-in)."

January 7, 2018 | 12:38 AM - Posted by Ken Addison

Hey, that makes way more sense! Fixed.

January 6, 2018 | 10:15 PM - Posted by ಠ_ಠ (not verified)

Why would that map need to differentiate between "Asia" and "Best Asia"?

January 11, 2018 | 11:53 AM - Posted by Pernette (not verified)

This map represents Transatel's data plans and their prices, not real continents.
The Best Asia plan covers 7 countries, and the Asia covers 21.

January 7, 2018 | 01:01 AM - Posted by Anonymous1 (not verified)

The worlds most fragile laptop. And they are quite proud of it. xD

January 7, 2018 | 10:08 AM - Posted by ThinAndUslessBlingThing (not verified)

And they are still not getting what is making the PC/Laptop market shrink. All this Ultrabook crap that Intel's Apple Envy has forced onto the rest of the non Apple laptop market.

Look how thin and thermally constrained that form factor is and folks would be better off with a tablet if they want thin and light.

January 7, 2018 | 01:25 PM - Posted by CNote

Just dont drop it on anything or anything on it.

January 9, 2018 | 01:00 AM - Posted by SincereAnonymous (not verified)

bezels are too thick

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