Following the announcement of Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8cx 5G computing platform at IFA, Acer announced that the new Spin 7 will be the world's first laptop to run on ARM-based silicon. With a convertible form factor that allows the notebook screen to fully rotate on a 360-degree hinge, you can easily switch between laptop and tablet modes. A Wacom AES 1.0 pen with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity is useful for drawing and taking digital notes on the go.
Overall, the package weighs just 3.09 pounds and is made from a magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis for a better feel. The Spin 7 features a 14-inch FHD display coated with the same gorilla antimicrobial glass used on other Acer products. The laptop is only 0.63 inches thin, making it a portable option for business, travel, and school use. Acer does not currently provide specific battery life information, although the company has stated that the Spin 7's battery is suitable for multi-day use.
"We envision the future of notebooks that deliver exceptional productivity and portability with human-centric design, ultra-long battery life, lightning-fast 5G connectivity and more," said Jerry Kao, Acer co-COO, in a statement. “The new Acer Spin 7 is an Always On, Always Connected notebook that can keep up with the modern lifestyle from anywhere with its slim form factor that supports use for up to several days on a single charge.
The Spin 7 is the first Windows PC from Acer to be based on the ARM processor architecture and, in particular, on the Snapdragon platform from Qualcomm. The laptop will likely compete in the same place as Intel's new Evo platform, previously known as Project Athena. Both Intel and Qualcomm promise thin and light form factors, robust connectivity options up to 5G, long battery life, and consistent performance for their respective platforms.
Other features of the Spin 7 include a Windows Hello fingerprint scanner for password-free logins, a screen that lifts the back of the keyboard for a more ergonomic typing experience and better heat regulation, and a pen silo in which the supplied digital is stored and charged becomes pen.
Details on pricing and availability were also not provided by Acer at IFA, although partner Qualcomm stated that systems powered by its Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 platform will be available later this year. Acer announced that it will provide exact specs for the Spin 7 at a later date.