This week Acer has started to sell its first Swift 7 notebook in the U.S. The black and gold Swift 7 laptop is based on Intel’s Kaby Lake-Y-series CPU, and with an FHD display is the industry’s first clamshell PC that is thinner than one centimeter. The system is available now for $1099 from a number of retailers.

The Acer Swift 7 (SF713-51-M90J) comes in a black and gold aluminum unibody to emphasize that the device is one of the premium products in the manufacturer’s lineup. The thickness of the laptop with a 13.3” FHD display covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 is 9.98 mm (0.39”), which is thinner than Apple’s MacBook as well as Dell’s Adamo XPS, both of which are renowned for their thin form factors. As for mass, the device weighs 1.12 kilograms (2.48 lbs), which is a tad heavier than the MacBook.

Inside the Acer Swift 7 ultra-thin notebook there is an Intel Core i5-7Y54 processor (2C/4T, 1.2GHz/3.2GHz frequency, HD Graphics 615, 4.5 W), 8 GB of LPDDR3 RAM as well as a 256 GB SSD (the manufacturer does not specify whether it is an AHCI or NVMe). The laptop uses an 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 4.0 wireless adapter to communicate with the outside world wirelessly. The laptop also has a 720p webcam and two 5 Gbps USB 3.1 Type-C ports to connect peripherals, a display as well as for charging. Moving on to audio sub-system, we see a TRRS connector for headsets as well as two stereo speakers that are Dolby Audio certified.

Acer Swift 7
CPU SKU Core i5-7Y54
Base 1.2 GHz 
Turbo 3.2 GHz 
TDP 4.5 W
GPU SKU Intel HD Graphics 615 (GT2)
24 EUs, Gen 9
Base 300 MHz
Turbo 950 MHz 
SSD 256 GB
Display 13.3-inch 1920x1080 IPS LCD
Ports 2 x USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-C
3.5mm combo jack
Network 2x2:2 802.11ac with BT 4.0
Battery 2770 mAh (52.9 Wh?)
Dimensions H: 0.39"
W: 12.78"
D: 9.04"
H: 9.98 mm
W: 32.46 cm
D: 22.96 cm
Weight 2.48 lbs (1.12 kg)
Colors Gold and Black
Price $1099.99

Since the Swift 7 is powered by Intel’s Kaby Lake, expect significantly improved video encoding/decoding capabilities, better GPU performance, as well as Speed Shift v2 technology. This should make the new machine to be generally faster and snapper than ultra-thin notebooks based on previous-gen CPUs.

When it comes to battery life, Acer claims that the Swift 7 (SF713-51-M90J) has a 4-cell Li-Ion battery with 2770 mAh of capacity, which enables it to work for up to nine hours on one charge. Do note however that Acer does not specify conditions or workloads for that number.

The Acer Swift 7 (SF713-51-M90J) notebook is available directly from Acer as well as from leading retailers (Amazon, Newegg, etc.) for $1099.99. It comes with a one-year warranty. Finally, keep in mind that Acer plans to release a family of Swift 7 notebooks, as it revealed at IFA. So expect to see further models of the Swift 7, including a more affordable version based on Intel’s Core i3 at $1000, as well as a more advanced system featuring Intel’s Core i7-7Y75 and a higher price.

Source: Acer

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  • rxzlmn - Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - link

    A 5000 mAh battery is about 100 Wh. That's about the largest battery size being built into laptops, you can find it in quad-core 15" laptops such as the rMBP or the XPS15, not in this kind of class of laptops. 50+ Wh are already impressive. Energy density of LiPo batteries is around 100-200 Wh/kg, so doubling the (already big) capacity would add significant weight. Which is a crucial spec for an ultraportable computer.
  • Roland00Address - Thursday, October 20, 2016 - link

    Adding to what you said

    Airlines do not allow batteries greater than 100 Watt hours for carry on. This is why most laptops purposefully try to max out at something like 90 Watt hours so they are not near that line of not being allowed on airplanes.

    > Lithium ion (rechargeable) batteries are limited to a rating of 100 watt hours (Wh) per battery. These limits allow for nearly all types of lithium batteries used by the average person in their electronic devices. With airline approval, passengers may also carry up to two spare larger lithium ion batteries (101-160 watt hours). This size covers the larger after-market extended-life laptop computer batteries and some larger batteries used in professional audio/visual equipment.

  • BurntMyBacon - Thursday, October 20, 2016 - link

    @rxzlmn: "A 5000 mAh battery is about 100 Wh ... Energy density of LiPo batteries is around 100-200 Wh/kg, so doubling the (already big) capacity would add significant weight."

    According to your statement, moving from a ~50Wh battery to about 100Wh would add 1/4 to 1/2 kg of weight.
    (100Wh - 50Wh) / 100Wh/kg = 1/2kg
    (100Wh - 50Wh) / 200Wh/kg = 1/4kg

    For a laptop of this weight, that is a pretty significant 22% to 45% increase in weight. However, even with this increase in weight, it is still much lighter than pre-ultrabook era ultra-portable laptops. I think for many people, being able to avoid the charger longer would have been of more benefit to their portability than further reductions in weight. In any case, I don't see why there shouldn't be options that cater to both on the market.

    @rxlmn: "50+ Wh are already impressive."

    We'll have to agree to disagree here. 50+ Wh batteries are not uncommon and not impressive at all to me.
  • Lolimaster - Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - link

    When will they ditch 16:9 on computers?

    16:10 and 3:2 are better productivity options.
  • BurntMyBacon - Thursday, October 20, 2016 - link

    If it didn't happen last year, then it's not soon enough.


  • fazalmajid - Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - link

    They are not the only ones on the ultrathin Kaby Lake bandwagon. My HP Spectre 13t with an i7-7500U (2.7 GHz, up to 3.5 GHz, 4 MB cache, 2 cores) + Intel HD Graphics 620 shipped yesterday.

    As for the thin-haters, the whole point of a laptop is mobility. Mine is an adjunct to my primary, a desktop. It's not as if manufacturers have discontinued the "transportable" boat anchors with 6-cell batteries.
  • t.s - Thursday, October 20, 2016 - link

    Funny. I have many friends that prefer thin smartphone, but have to bring their charger/ powerbank everywhere, every time.
  • lilmoe - Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - link

    2770 mAh....
  • arsjum - Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - link

    According to Acer website, it weighs 2.48 lbs, not 2.03 lbs. You must have confused it with Asus Zenbook 3. :)
  • Ryan Smith - Thursday, October 20, 2016 - link

    Thanks. Had the right value in the text, somehow got the table wrong.

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