“The Chromebook 315 is the first from Acer with AMD chipset”
Acer has added a couple of new laptops to its lineup right before the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019. Dubbed as the Acer Chromebook 315 and Acer Swift 7, the laptops come with some subtle yet important improvements from their respective predecessors – launched last year. The Chromebook 315 is the first from the maker to employ an AMD chip to run Google’s toned-down Chrome OS version, while the Swift 7 SF714-52T notebook is powered by Windows and equipped with Intel chipset and an almost bezel-less display with a screen-to-body ratio of 92 percent.
Acer Chromebook 315, Swift 7 price and availability
The Chromebook 315 has been announced in the US at a starting price of $279 (~Rs 19,399), and it’ll go for sale starting February 2018. As for the Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T notebook, it comes with a sticker price of $1,699 (~Rs 1,18,000).
Acer Chromebook 315, Swift 7 specifications
Starting with the Acer Chromebook 315, it features a 15.6-inch IPS touchscreen display with Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution. At its heart lies a seventh-gen AMD A-series (A6-9220C/ A4-9120C) processor integrated with Radeon graphics. The chipset is mated with up to 8GB of RAM, which is twice as much on last year’s Intel-powered Acer Chromebook 15. Apart from this, you get 32GB eMMC storage, two USB Type-C ports, two USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.2, and a backlit keyboard. With the configurations, the laptop weighs 1.7kg. Lastly, the battery (4,670mAh) life of the Acer Chromebook 315 is touted at 10 hours.
The Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T notebook, on the other hand, sports an almost edge-to-edge 14-inch touchscreen display with Full HD resolution. The screen bezels – including the chin – have been reduced to under 3mm, making the laptop much more compact. However, that means the webcam needs to be relocated, and it now pops up from the keyboard. The laptop is driven by seventh-gen Intel Core i7-8500Y processor, similar to what Apple employs on its latest MacBook Air. The SoC is mated with 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage.
At under 10mm, the Swift 7 is among the thinnest laptop out there. The trimmed design means it has fewer ports – two USB-C Thunderbolt three ports on the right side and a headphone jack on the left. On the battery front, Acer says the Swift 7 will last “up to 10 hours” on a single charge.