Everyone wants a notebook that fulfills their needs, is super light, lasts forever, and only costs a dime. We’re not in fantasy land just quite yet, but Acer is trying with its new Swift 3 for 2020. There’s one kicker in these units though – there will be AMD and Intel variants, using the latest and greated from both – Intel’s 10nm Ice lake vs. AMD’s new 7nm APUs.

The new Acer Swift 3 ultraportable is a 14-inch unit weighing 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs) that has either up to an octo-core AMD Ryzen 7 4700U inside or up to an Intel Core i7-1065G7, 16 GB of LPDDR4X memory, and up to 512 GB of NVMe storage. Acer is going for a premium design feel here, with the lightweight chassis, narrow bezels (4.37mm), and support for features like Windows Hello and Wake on Voice supported. The full unit is 16.55mm / 0.65-inches thick.


AMD Variant

AMD Prices will start from $599 for the base configuration, and exact specifications will come closer to the launch in May. Intel will start from $699 and be available from March.


Intel Variant

If one thing is going to be clear at this year’s CES, it’s going to be that AMD and Intel are going to be hitting each other with design wins. Normally for design wins we talk about flagships, but I suspect we’ll see AMD in a lot of mid-price notebooks with good all-round specifications, which is going to be where Intel will feel the heat. Not to be outdone, Intel is expected to have a number of Ice Lake designs at CES as well – the Intel Acer Swift 3 has Athena certification for example, which might be where the extra base cost comes from, as it will likely have Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi 6, and an ultra-low power display. It would be interesting to square off Intel vs AMD here in a review later this year.

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  • Irata - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    I was about to say „Thank you Acer“ for offering two identical chassis with either Intel or AMD but it appears they are taking great care to not make them equal, just look the same while gimping the AMD alternative (screen, battery, who knows what else).

    Sad, sounded good at first.
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  • Findecanor - Monday, January 6, 2020 - link

    Port fail. Does not use USB C for charging. Headphone jack on wrong side Reply
  • Aljon Pobar - Friday, January 10, 2020 - link

    AMD option, $100 cheaper 😍 Reply
  • AshlayW - Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - link

    Nice, you can pay $100 USD more for the privilege of the inferior CPU. Reply
  • AshlayW - Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - link

    Anyone gonna clean up the ad spam comments? Reply
  • peevee - Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - link

    10nm Core i7-1065G7 does not make sense.
    4 cores @ 1.3 GHz = 5.2 core-GHz @ 15W

    For comparison, Intel's 14nm i7-10710U is 6 cores at 1.1GHz = 6.6 core-GHz at the same 15W.

    Ryzen 7 4700U is 8 cores at 2GHz = 16 core-GHz at the same 15W.
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  • peevee - Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - link

    Intel's 10nm is still an epic fail. Reply

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