Acer announced a new ultrabook model in the Swift line – Acer Swift Edge. It is based on the AMD platform and at the same price and similar specifications as the Acer Swift 5 (on Intel) offers a better quality and larger screen.

So, the new Swift Edge is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor (an 8-core model with a base frequency of up to 2.7 GHz, in turbo mode – up to 4.7 GHz). With a capacity of 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB PCIE 4.0 SSD, its cost in the United States is $1,500. For comparison, when the Swift 5 went on sale in July, its configuration with an Intel Core i7-1260P, the same memory and storage, and a set of connectors cost the same $1,500.

At the same time, the Swift Edge is equipped with a 16-inch OLED display with a resolution of 3840×2400 pixels, while the Swift 5 has a 14-inch IPS screen (2560×1600 pixels). The Swift Edge display has 100% DCI-P3 coverage, peak brightness of up to 500 nits, and VESA DisplayHDR True Black 500 certification (the Swift 5 display has standard color gamut and similar brightness).

The Acer Swift Edge has a magnesium alloy chassis and a 54 Wh battery that the manufacturer says will last for 10.5 hours of video playback, 8 hours of web surfing and 7.5 hours in the MobileMark 2018 benchmark.

Of course, the “bare” technical specifications of the platform are not an exhaustive criterion for comparing different laptops, but the presence of two very similar models in the line of one manufacturer, in which a higher-quality screen on the AMD platform is offered for the same price as a simpler one on Intel, makes some call such a state of affairs the “Intel tax”.