Qualcomm announced the launch of its second-generation 8CX2 5G mobile compute platform, and the first OEM to use the new ARM-based chipset in the new Windows 10 2-in-1 called Acer Spin 7. This allows you to change the fully expressive keys to tablet mode or stand mode.
The chipset supports LTE and 5G networks (both mmWave and sub-6GHz) with theoretical download speeds of up to 7.5 Gbps. Qualcomm Squistic noise cancellation and suppression works to reduce background noise in video calls.
Spin 7 comes with surfaces treated with antimicrobial silver-ion agents. These treated surfaces include the touchpad, keyboard and surrounding areas. The display glass is made of gorilla glass, with an antimicrobial layer. Spin 7 also has a fingerprint scanner.
It has a 14-inch IPS LCD display with 100% SRGB color gamut, weighs 3.09 pounds and is 15.9mm thick when closed. It is built with a magnesium-aluminum alloy frame at the blue end. The active stylus is inserted into the slot in the Acer Spin 7 and recharged. It supports Wacom AES 1.0 with a pressure of 4,096 levels.
Hour promised that Spin 7 would give “multi-day” battery life but would not even give the battery size or usage metric. Without a doubt, we can expect this device to have a much better battery life compared to some of Intel’s ultra-portable counterparts.
The final specs of the Acer Spin 7 have not yet been confirmed. The new laptop is expected to be fully announced later this year. The question remains as to whether ARM-based chipsets are a viable alternative to x86-based processors that modern computers (and Windows) have been running for years. In the early years of ARM-based computers, there were definitely unfavorable issues with running legacy applications.