Acer Swift 5 Will Get Intel’s Tiger Lake CPU in October

Acer Swift 5
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Acer is refreshing its Swift 5 with Intel’s Tiger Lake processors and integrated Xe graphics. The new laptop will come out in North America in October, starting at $999.99 (as well as €1,099 in Europe and RMB 6,999 in China).

The company didn’t use Tiger Lake by name in its announcement, but Acer mentioned “next-gen Intel Core processors with powerful integrated graphics based on Intel’s new Xe architecture.”

Acer Swift 5 Specs 

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CPUNext-gen Intel Core
GraphicsIntegrated Intel Xe, optional Nvidia GeForce MX350
StorageUp to 1TB PCIe SSD
Display14-inch, 1920 x 1080, IPS
Battery56 Wh
Weight2.2 pounds (998g)
Starting Price$999.99 ( €1,099)

We’re light on details. For instance, we don’t have a processor model number for the upcoming Swift 5. We do know that the clamshell will use Xe integrated graphics with an option for Nvidia’s GeForce MX350 discrete mobile graphics card. Acer will offer the Swift 5 with  up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage. It will boast a 14-inch display with 1080p resolution, thin bezels and a 90% screen-to-body ratio.

This model will come in two colors: mist green and safari gold, though it’s unclear if both colors will make it to North America. The chassis is metal and measures 0.6 inch thick. It’s taking a page that Asus wrote with its ZenBook line by adding an ergonomic hinge that lifts up the keyboard when the display is opened. Acer claims this will also allow for better thermals.

Acer Swift 5

(Image credit: Acer)

Acer is announcing the Swift 5 among a global pandemic and pushing Corning’s antimicrobial Gorilla Glass as a feature. There will also be options to put that coating on the keyboard and every part of the device.

Ports are Thunderbolt, USB Type-C and USB 3.2 Gen 2. There’s a fingerprint reader to log in with Windows Hello.

This is the first Tiger Lake laptop we’ve seen officially announced, so we’re looking forward to testing Acer’s latest when it shows up this fall.

Andrew E. Freedman is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming. He also keeps up with the latest news. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Tom's Guide, Laptop Mag, Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Threads @FreedmanAE and Mastodon

  • JarredWaltonGPU
    Fun fact: based on Intel's Battlefield V at 1080p high running on a Tiger Lake laptop with Xe Graphics, the integrated graphics may be of similar performance as (or perhaps even higher performance than) the Nvidia MX350. Which, let's be honest, is a pretty low bar to clear. But the ultra-budget GPUs from AMD and Nvidia are basically getting to be pointless. Dedicated GPUs with Tiger Lake should start at the GTX 1660 level IMO.