Acer is previewing an update to an existing Windows laptop that’s expected to debut with Intel’s new “Tiger Lake” processors and Xe graphics technology.
On Tuesday, Acer announced the company’s refresh to the Swift 5, a 14-inch notebook that’s designed to be thin and light. Expect it to launch in October, starting at $999.
The Swift 5 is slated to arrive with Intel’s “next gen” processor, the PC maker said, a likely nod to the Tiger Lake family of mobile CPUs. The same laptop will also feature, in some models, Intel’s new Xe graphics architecture deployed in graphics silicon as part of the CPU. Xe is designed to compete, in coming integrated-graphics and dedicated-chip flavors, with GPU solutions from Nvidia GeForce family and AMD’s Radeon group.
However, the Xe architecture won’t arrive as the basis of a discrete graphics chip inside this laptop. Instead, the technology backs the graphics silicon that is integrated into the next-generation processor, according to Acer. This Xe-based graphics will be the successor to the “Gen 11” Iris Plus and UHD Graphics solutions integrated into Intel’s “Ice Lake” 10th Generation mobile processors.
Taking Tiger Lake by Strategy
Last week, Intel gave a taste of what we can expect from a Tiger Lake setup like this one. On Twitter, the company demoed a prototype laptop with Tiger Lake and the integrated Xe architecture running the game Battlefield V at 1080p on high graphics settings. The clip shows the game,