HP took the title of 'world's thinnest laptop' when it launched the Spectre earlier this year. But now, that title belongs to Acer, which has unveiled the Swift 7 - the first notebook ever with a body that's less than 1cm thick.
The Swift 7 has an all-aluminum unibody with a dual-tone black and gold design, and is just 9.98mm thick, compared with the 10.4mm profile of the Spectre. Weighing in at 1.1kg, it has a 13.3-inch IPS display with Full HD (1920x1080px) resolution and scratch-resistance Corning Gorilla Glass.
Other key specs include a 7th-generation (Kaby Lake) Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB SSD and up to 8GB of RAM, along with two USB 3.1 Type-C ports. Acer also says that buyers can expect up to 9 hours of battery life from the device.
The Swift 7 will launch in October in North America, starting from $999; and in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), priced from €1,299.
Acer also unveiled a range of more affordable options in its new Swift notebook family:
Swift 5 | priced from $749/€749
Promising "high-end features without the weight", the Swift 5 has a 14-inch Full HD display, 7th-gen Intel Core i7, 256GB/512GB SSDs, up to 8GB of RAM and a USB 3.1 Type-C port. Along with a backlit keyboard, an optional touchscreen and fingerprint reader are available, and Acer says the device offers up to 13 hours of battery life.
Available in North America/EMEA from November.
Swift 3 | priced from $499/€499
With a 14-inch HD or Full HD display and 6th- or 7th-gen Intel Core processors, the Swift 3 offers "essential features at a compelling price". Buyers will get up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD, along with a USB 3.1 Type-C port, and a built-in fingerprint scanner for Windows Hello biometric authentication - all in a package that's 18mm thick and weighs 1.5kg. The backlit keyboard is optional though.
Available in North America/EMEA from October.
Swift 1 | priced from $249/€349
The most affordable device in Acer's new range is intended for students and other budget-conscious buyers. With Intel Pentium or Celeron processor options, 4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB/128GB storage options, the Swift 1 also features a 14-inch HD display, and Acer says that its battery will last for up to 12 hours.
Available in North America from November; and in EMEA from October.
But if you have a desire for something a little more monstrous, be sure to check out the Predator 21 X, Acer's beastly new Windows 10 gaming laptop. Also unveiled today, it has a 21-inch curved display, dual Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics cards, eye-tracking technology for gaming, a mechanical keyboard with CherryMX switches and custom backlighting, and more.