Acer is previewing an replace to an present Home windows laptop computer that’s anticipated to debut with Intel’s new “Tiger Lake” processors and Xe graphics expertise.
On Tuesday, Acer introduced the corporate’s refresh to the Swift 5, a 14-inch pocket book that’s designed to be skinny and light-weight. Count on it to launch in October, beginning at $999.
The Swift 5 is slated to reach with Intel’s “subsequent gen” processor, the PC maker mentioned, a probable nod to the Tiger Lake household of cellular CPUs. The identical laptop computer will even function, in some fashions, Intel’s new Xe graphics architecture deployed in graphics silicon as a part of the CPU. Xe is designed to compete, in coming integrated-graphics and dedicated-chip flavors, with GPU options from Nvidia GeForce household and AMD’s Radeon group.
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Nonetheless, the Xe structure gained’t arrive as the premise of a discrete graphics chip inside this laptop computer. As a substitute, the expertise backs the graphics silicon that’s built-in into the next-generation processor, in response to Acer. This Xe-based graphics would be the successor to the “Gen 11” Iris Plus and UHD Graphics options built-in into Intel’s “Ice Lake” 10th Generation mobile processors.
Taking Tiger Lake by Technique
Final week, Intel gave a style of what we will count on from a Tiger Lake setup like this one. On Twitter, the corporate demoed a prototype laptop computer with Tiger Lake and the built-in Xe structure working the sport Battlefield V at 1080p on excessive graphics settings. The clip exhibits the sport, which was revealed in 2018, working pretty easily at 30 frames per second, regardless of the laptop computer having no devoted GPU.
Nonetheless, customers who need a larger graphical increase will have the ability to purchase the Swift 5 with an non-compulsory Nvidia GeForce MX350 devoted chip, which is able to presumably be a step up from the Xe silicon on the Swift 5’s processor.
As for Tiger Lake, Intel is promising the chips will supply a “double-digit” efficiency acquire, because of the corporate’s 10-nanometer manufacturing expertise. The Tiger Lake processors and its motherboards have additionally been designed to be smaller, enabling PC makers to create thinner and lighter laptops.
To enhance the Swift 5, Acer has managed to reduce the bezels across the 14-inch display screen much more. The product now has a 90 % screen-to-body ratio, a rise from the 86.4 % ratio of last year’s Swift 5 model. The laptop computer additionally comes with a contact show that options Corning’s antimicrobial coating to assist preserve germs at bay.
“Moreover, customers have the choice to additional embody an antimicrobial coating on the touchpad, keyboard, and all covers of the system,” Acer famous in its preliminary launch.
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One other change is to the product’s hinge, which is able to barely elevate the rear of the laptop computer when absolutely opened, “permitting for a extra ergonomic typing expertise,” and higher cooling, in response to the corporate.
The laptop computer nonetheless weighs in at 2.2 kilos and retains its metallic chassis. Patrons can outfit it with as much as 1TB of SSD-based storage, and as much as 16GB of RAM. Different key perks embody Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, two built-in stereo audio system, and a USB Kind-C/Thunderbolt 3 port.