Acer’s Spin series of convertible laptops has been a consistent seller, although it never breaks through to the upper levels of market awareness. The latest model can do just that with a switch from Intel chips to Qualcomm̵7;s 8cx platform for Windows on ARM. The new Spin 7 uses the Gen 2 version for 5G wireless.
The new version of Spin 7 is a 14-inch 2-in-1, which swings an IPS 1920 × 1080 screen, plus a docked pen with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. The magnesium alloy chassis is super thin, as are these ARM-powered laptops in general, with some gold accents to taste. The body has a fingerprint sensor and a Windows Hello IR camera, standard.
Acer does not talk much about the speed of the 8cx Gen 2 processor (Qualcomm says that its octa-core CPU is built on the 7nm fab process), nor how much storage or RAM the laptop offers. But the headline feature is 5G wireless compatibility, which works on both the sub-6GHz and mmWave standards. Of course, it can also connect to LTE.
Like other ARM-powered Windows laptops, the Spin 7 is quite light, weighing just 3.09 pounds and 0.63 inches thick. Acer did not mention a specific time period for the battery and only said it was “extreme” and “multi-day.” But based on my experience with the Lenovo Yoga C630 (on an older Qualcomm SoC) I would say that 15 hours would be a pretty reasonable expectation.
Acer has not set a fixed date or price for the updated Spin 7. It will probably hit the market late this year or early next year.