The Swift 5 laptop from Acer will receive a major upgrade when it is updated this fall. Although Acer was shy to mention Intel's 11th generation processors, the Swift 5 SF14-55 could be one of the first Ultrabooks to ship with the next-generation Intel CPU.
Acer announced that the Swift 5 will be available with next-generation Intel processors, integrated Intel Xe graphics, and an optional discrete Nvidia MX350 GPU. It is generally believed that Intel's Xe graphics, which will replace the company's current Generation 11 integrated graphics architecture, will be introduced as part of the 11th generation processor family. Intel will use the underlying architecture for its own line of discrete graphics cards.
Xe graphics are expected to increase graphics performance by 100% over Gen 11 graphics. This could help Intel to compete better with AMD's Ryzen 4000 mobile processors, which are becoming increasingly popular. It is noteworthy that Acer also has a Swift 3 laptop with AMD's Ryzen 4000 on board. So it will be interesting to see how the two models work.
The Swift 5 can be configured with up to 1 TB solid-state drive and 16 GB LPDDRAX memory. Acer also brings cooling controls to the laptop, so you can now set the fans to quiet, normal, or performance modes depending on the task or environment.
Like the model it will replace, the new Swift 5 will come with a 14-inch FHD display, but Acer is making this laptop even more compact by reducing the size of the frame surrounding the screen. The effect is that this notebook has a screen-to-body ratio of 90%. The screen can reach up to 300 nits of brightness and supports 72% of the NTSC color space, according to Acer.
Another potentially useful feature – and a very recent one given the state of the current global health pandemic – is that this laptop has an antimicrobial coating on the Corning Gorilla Glass screen.
In addition to the Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, Acer also offers some custom optimizations for the mix. Voice tracking, adaptive beamforming, improvements in voice recognition and clearer optimization of conference calls complement the integrated far-field microphones. True Harmony audio tuning from Acer and DTS audio tuning help with content consumption.
The entire package weighs just under 1 kg and the laptop has a magnesium alloy housing for a long service life. The Swift 5 will be available in either misty green or safari gold tones.
The price of the laptop starts at $ 999 when it hits the market in October. The company will offer various configurations of the Swift 5.