New Ryzen Mobile Notebooks Now For Sale from Acer, Lenovo

Subject: Mobile | January 24, 2018 - 12:20 PM |
Tagged: vega APU, vega 8, vega 10, swift 3, ryzen mobile, raven ridge, Lenovo, ideapad 720s, amd, acer, 2700u, 2500U

Last October, when AMD launched their mobile-oriented Ryzen Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics product line (Raven Ridge), they talked about several different notebooks that would be shipping with these new parts. However, up until now, there has only been one officially launched and shipping product—the HP Envy x360.

We have an article on the performance of the Ryzen 5 2500U and the HP Envy x360 coming very soon, but today Ryzen Mobile-enabled notebooks have become available to order from both Acer and Lenovo.

First, we'll take a look at Acer's offering, the Swift 3.

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For anyone who might be familiar with Acer's current notebook offerings, the Ryzen Swift 3 will seem very similar. From the photos, it appears to be nearly identical to its 8th Generation Intel equipped counterpart. That's certainly not a negative though, as I have been impressed with the Intel variant during some recent testing.

Acer Swift 3
MSRP $749 $949
Screen 15.6” FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Display
CPU Ryzen 5 2500U Ryzen 7 2700U
GPU Integrated Radeon Vega 8 Integrated Radeon Vega 10
RAM 8GB DDR4 Dual Channel (non-upgradable)
Storage 256GB SSD 512GB SSD
Network 802.11ac Dual Band 2x2 MU-MIMO
Display Output

1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
2 x USB 3.0 Type-A
1 x USB 2.0 


48Wh Battery, "Up to 8 Hours Battery Life"

As far as specs are concerned, Acer seems to be checking all of the boxes. RAM will ship in a dual-channel configuration (although we don't know at what speed it will be running, likely 2133 or 2400,) but will not be user replaceable according to questions answered by an Acer representative on their Amazon listing.

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Additionally, Acer seems to be the only notebook maker set to ship the Ryzen 5 2700U variant. Not only does the 2700U give users increased clock speeds of 200MHz at base speeds on the CPU portion, but the GPU sees a significant bump. The 2700U gets an upgrade from Vega 8 graphics with 512 stream processors running at 1100MHz to Vega 10 graphics with 640 stream processors at 1300MHz. This should provide a nice performance boost for the extra $200 Acer is asking.

The Acer Swift 3 is set to start shipping on February 9th from Amazon.

Next up is Lenovo, with their Ideapad 720S.

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The only 13" Ryzen Mobile option to be announced, the Lenovo Ideapad 720S also shares a lot of design DNA with Lenovo's Intel counterparts.

Lenovo Ideapad 720S
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
Graphics Integrated Radeon Vega 8
Memory 8GB DDR4-2133 (Single Channel)
Screen 13.3-in 1920x1080 IPS
Storage 512GB PCIe SSD
Camera 720p / Dual Digital Array Microphone
Wireless 802.11AC (1x1) + Bluetooth® 4.1
Connections 2 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 3.0 Type-C (DP & Power Delivery)
1 x USB 3.0 Type-C (DP)
Audio jack
Battery 48Wh "Up to 9.5 hours battery life"

12.0" x 8.4" x 0.5" / 305.9 x 213.8 x 13.6 (mm) 

2.5 lbs (1.14 kg)

OS Windows 10 Home
Price $1049 -

Disappointingly, the Lenovo Ideapad 720S will ship only in a single memory channel configuration. This will significantly affect the performance of the integrated graphics, as it is highly dependant on memory bandwidth. I wouldn't expect the memory to be user upgradable either; it's likely a single DIMMs worth of memory soldered onto the motherboard.

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Curiously, although AMD listed a 2700U variant of the Ideapad 720S in their slides in October, those models have yet to be seen. However, we've seen this before from Lenovo where they start skipping a single SKU that is the most popular configuration and then filling out the rest of the options shortly after.

The Lenovo Ideapad 720S is available to order now directly from Lenovo, with an estimated shipping date or 5-7 business days.

At a price premium above the Acer Swift 3, the Ideapad 720S seems like a hard sell with lack of dual channel memory. However, for users who may be set on a 13" screen size, it appears it will be the only option.

Overall, I am excited to see more AMD-powered options in the thin-and-light notebook category, and I look forward to getting our hands on some of these new models soon!

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January 24, 2018 | 01:16 PM - Posted by john t. chance (not verified)

There are already gameplay vids for the acer swift w/ the 2700u. It performs considerably worst than the HP variant with thr 2500u. Assumption is the Acer Swift is only limited to 15w w/c is atrocious given you have to pay extra for the improved specs only to be hi dered by the alloted tdp.

January 25, 2018 | 01:53 PM - Posted by Dave Kelly (not verified)

Thats why they have been very slow releasing it , So basically
what you are saying is the HP one is the best of the three ? (HP 360 , Acer Swift and Lenovo Idea Pad ).

January 24, 2018 | 02:35 PM - Posted by Rocky123 (not verified)

I hope that 15 watt TDP on the Acer with the Ryzen 7 2700U was a mistake. I watched a performance review of both the Ryzen 5 2500U & the Ryzen 7 2700U and for the most part the Ryzen 7 2700U was either on par or slightly slower in the game tests. Yes the cores would turbo to a bit higher but the FPS was most of the time a bit lower or the same. So my thoughts were that the TDP for the 2700U is to low and won't allow both the CPU & the GPU to work at their highest clock rates or it could also be the memory bandwidth holding back the GPU from performing.

It will be interesting to see your review of these APU's in the future for sure.

January 24, 2018 | 02:59 PM - Posted by NoAndNoAndNoSale (not verified)

It does not look good currently with the lack of laptops offered that have upgradeable memory and other features and maybe there will be laptops that offer some Raven Ridge desktop SKUs at 45-64 Watts. These offerings are too restrictive for the price charged and that has to change.

I'll wait and see what the business grade laptops will offer using these Mobile Raven Ridge SKUs, or the Pro variants. But really I'm more interested in seeing if ASUS/Others will maybe offer the Ryzen/Raven Ridge G series APUs inside of a laptop form factor.

January 27, 2018 | 11:19 PM - Posted by Adrian (not verified)

Man, us version always expensive. I got an APAC region version from China, cost half of us ver. Roughly 550$ with 256 gb ssd.

January 30, 2018 | 08:54 PM - Posted by Janis Reblis (not verified) go and buy, they sell them already a month!

January 31, 2018 | 05:44 PM - Posted by Ishmael_RFI (not verified)

when do they come with 8 cores?

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