Acer Swift 5 2018 jumps to 15.6-inch screen, stays under 1kg

Acer has announced the new version of its premium thin and light laptop, the Acer Swift 5 2018. It now features a 15.6-inch screen, up from the 14-inch panel of previous versions, yet it still weighs less than 1kg.

Acer also claims it’s one of the thinnest laptops in its class, though it failed to provide a figure for just how thick it is.

Key to fitting that larger screen into a similar size chassis to the previous model is a reduction in the screen bezels which are now just 5.87mm thick.

Despite the increase in screen size, you don’t get an improved resolution: it remains a Full HD IPS panel.

Like the current Acer Swift 5 the whole machine is constructed from a combination of magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminium alloys for a smart finish and sturdy build.

The laptops will include the latest Intel processors and Intel Wireless-AC 9560 Wi-Fi.

Up to 16Gb of DDDR4 RAM and 1TB of storage will also be available. Meanwhile connectivity consists of one USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 port, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, an HDMI port, and an SD card reader.

Exact availability and pricing is yet to be revealed but expect the new range to be in the same ball park as existing models, which cost around £1000.