Acer Swift 3 (2022): Release date, price, and everything you need to know

Acer Swift 3 (2022): Release date, price, and everything you need to know

Acer recently introduced the latest generation of the Swift 3, one of its most popular mainstream laptops. Packing Intel’s 12th-generation processors and a few fun colors to choose from, this is likely to be another popular entry in the lineup.

If you want to know everything there is to know about the Acer Swift 3, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up specs, pricing, release date, and more for the Acer Swift 3 (2022), so you don’t have to go any further. Let’s get into it.

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Acer Swift 3 (2022) Specs

Acer hasn’t revealed the full specs of the Acer Swift 3 in its various configurations. Still, we have some general information and at least two models are already listed on Acer’s website, so we know a lot already.

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Acer Swift 3 (2022)
Operating system(s)
  • Windows 11
Processor
  • 12th generation Intel Core i5-1240P (12 cores, 16 threads, up to 4.4GHz, 12MB cache)
  • 12th generation Intel Core i7-1260P (12 cores, 16 threads, up to 4.7GHz, 18MB cache)
Graphics
  • Intel Iris Xe graphics
RAM
  • 8GB LPDDR4X
  • 16GB LPDDR4X
Storage
  • Up to 2TB PCIe NVMe SSD
Display
  • 14-inch 16:9 Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS
  • 14-inch 16:9 Quad HD (2560 x 1440) IPS
Audio
  • Dual stereo speakers
Webcam
  • Full HD 1080p webcam with temporal noise reduction
Security
  • Fingerprint sensor
Battery
  • 3-cell (unspecified capacity), up to 10.5 hours
    • 65W charger
Ports
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 4 (USB Type-C)
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • Bluetooth 5.2
Colors
  • Safari Gold
  • Snow Blue
  • Pure Silver
Size (WxDxH)
  • 320.04 x 210.82 x 16 mm (12.6 x 8.3 x 0.63 in)
Weight
  • Starts at 1.25kg (2.76 lbs)
Starting price $849.99

When is the release date of the Acer Swift 3 (2022)?

Acer announced the 2022 model of the Swift 3 at this year’s MWC, but the laptop launched a little later, in June. You can already find various models on Acer’s website, and you can buy it on Amazon (we have a oink below).

Acer Swift 3 laptop seen from the front at a right angle with the lid open

Not every model is available everywhere, but that’s typical for laptops. It’s not uncommon for laptops to be rolled out in stages, with some models showing up first and others being launched later. Plus, it’s hard to maintain stock for every model at every retailer.

What is the price of the Acer Swift 3?

If you’re buying the Acer Swift 3 in the United States, the official starting price is $849.99, putting the laptop toward the higher end of mainstream territory. However, based on the listings already available on Acer’s website, the laptop could end up starting at $779.99. A model (SF314-512-53L0) with an Intel Core i5-1240P, 8GB of RAM, and a Full HD display is listed at this price. This model also has 512GB of storage.

Acer Swift 3 in gold seen from the back with the lid partly open

On Amazon, you can find a model with an Intel Core i7-1260P processor, 16GB of RAM, and a Quad HD screen, and that costs $999.99. It has the same 512GB of storage, and you can buy it right now.

In Europe, Acer says the Swift 3 will start at €1,199.

What’s new with the Acer Swift 3 (2022)?

As tends to be the case when a new model of a laptop is launched, there are some noteworthy changes with the latest Acer Swift 3. The biggest change is potentially the inclusion of Intel’s new processors, but there are some other improvements, as well as some downgrades.

12th-generation Intel P-series processors

As we’ve mentioned, the new Intel 12th-generation Alder Lake processors are potentially the biggest upgrade found in the Acer Swift 3 for 2022, and that’s for two reasons. First, there’s the fact that Intel’s 12th-generation CPUs have a hybrid architecture. That means they have a mix of performance (P) and efficient (E) cores, and as a result, more cores and threads in general. That brings a significant performance uplift over the previous generation.

On top of being a whole new generation, the new processors inside the Acer Swift 3 are from the new P-series in Intel’s lineup. That means they have a higher TDP of 28W compared to the 15W we saw in the previous generation, which allows for even more cores and higher speeds. That’s why these models have 12 cores and 16 threads, whereas the new U series has 10 cores and 12 threads.

Intel Alder Lake Mobile procesor family

There’s a downside to this, however. A higher TDP means more power is being used and more heat is being generated. That means the laptop now requires a larger cooling solution, and because of that, it has a smaller battery now. Acer doesn’t specify the capacity, but previous models had a 4-cell battery, and this new one only has a 3-cell unit. Plus, this unit is rated for up to 10.5 hours on a charge, while previous models touted up to 16 hours of battery life.

Quad HD display and Full HD webcam

Two other major upgrades with this new iteration are the display and webcam. The display is still the same size, and you can still get it with Full HD resolution like previous models. However, the top-tier configurations now include a Quad HD display instead, giving you a much sharper image and more pixels to work with. A higher resolution panel can greatly help with multi-tasking and overall picture quality, and this is a big step up. The display is also available with touch support.

Acer Swift 3 laptop seen from the front with the lid open

Meanwhile, the 720p webcam of last year’s model has been replaced with a 1080p camera, which is a long-overdue upgrade. Many laptops for 2022 are including a 1080p webcam (thankfully) so it’s great to see the Acer Swift 3 keep up. This should make the laptop much more suitable for video calls and meetings, which have become far more frequent in the past two years.

No more barrel-type charger

There’s one more noteworthy change and it’s in terms of ports. For the 2022 model, Acer has finally replaced the barrel-type charging port with USB Type-C. The previous model already had one USB Type-C port, but now you get two, and both support Thunderbolt 4, so you can connect high-speed peripherals including monitors and external GPUs. This should also make it easier to find a replacement charger if you need one.

Where can I buy the Acer Swift 3 (2022)?

If you’re interested in buying the Acer Swift 3, you can buy it at Amazon below, with an Intel Core i7-1260P, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD; plus a sharp Quad HD display. This model costs $999.99, which is a solid price for what you get.

    The Acer Swift 3 is powered by 12th-generation Intel processors, and it comes with up to a Quad HD display and a new Full HD webcam.

You can also check out other models on Acer’s website. Otherwise, you can check out the best Acer laptops you can buy right now. Or, if you want to check out other brands, maybe stop by our list of the best laptops overall.

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João Carrasqueira
João Carrasqueira

Editor at XDA Computing. I've been covering the world of technology since 2018, but I've loved the field for a lot longer. And I have a weird affinity for Nintendo videogames, which I'm always happy to talk about.

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