At CES way back in January, Acer announced the Swift 7, claiming it had produced the thinnest 17-inch laptop ever. But sometime over the course of the last eight months, Acer has taken a chisel to the Swift 7, because while the guts are ostensibly the same, the Swift 7 announced this morning at a press conference in Berlin is a whole lot smaller.
Acer claims the new Swift 7 is less than 10mm thick — that’s under .39 inches. It also claims the new Swift 7 weighs less than 1 kilograms, or 2.2 pounds. Those specs might still seem like a lot if your accustomed to buying tiny 13-inch laptops that usually are that thin and that light, but the Swift 7, which will come with an 8th Generation Intel i7 processor, is a 17-inch laptop.
The Swift 7 announced at CES is on the left. The new Swift 7 is on the right. Screenshot: Gizmodo (Acer)
17-inch laptops have, for the most part, been really ignored by laptop makers as they drive to make their 13-inch and 15-inch machines ever smaller. They trim the bezels down to nothing and strive to make those machines as thin as possible while 17-inch laptops keep their big chins and thick midriffs. And I don’t blame them. 17-inch laptops still have to pack a 17-inch display inside. They’re never going to be small enough to drop in a purse or slip into smaller backpacks or briefcases. You won’t necessarily be able to put a 17-inch laptop on your lap when riding economy on a plane.
But boy wouldn’t you like to try with this new Swift 7. The device shown off at the press conference is so small it looks like a toy!
It looks like a toy! Though the glare in this image leads me to think this might have been a mock up with a plastic or cardboard display, and not the final product. Screenshot: Gizmodo (Acer)
If you’re like me and curious about when you can actually get your hands on this device yourself, you’ll have to wait. At this time Acer has not disclosed when it will be available or how much it will retail for. It hasn’t even disclosed specs beyond that 8th-gen i7 CPU. But looking at previous Swift 7s we can infer that the new product will start at around $1,500 (£1,150, though UK price is TBA) and will have a Y-series processor (which Intel just announced yesterday), and likely a 1080p display.