LAPTOP MAKER Acer has announced its first entry into the Ultrabook class of laptops with the Aspire S3.
Acer has taken advantage of the IFA electronics show in Berlin to unveil its Aspire S3, which will be 13mm thick and weigh around 1.4kg. The laptop will compete against other Ultrabooks from vendors such as Lenovo, Toshiba and Asus.
Mooly Eden, VP of Intel's PC Client Group said, "We are very happy to see the formal launch of the Acer Aspire S3, Acer's first Ultrabook, and to be one of the leading time-to-market partners to place an Ultrabook in the market."
Like other Ultrabooks the S3 is powered by a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors. It offers a choice of a 320GB or 500GB hard drive or an optional 240GB solid state disk (SSD) drive.
Choosing the SSD model will get you the most battery life at up to seven hours, according to Acer. Like Lenovo's U300s Ultrabook, the S3 features a vent free underside.
The focal point will be a 13.3in HD LED display and the S3 will have an aluminum/magnesium alloy chassis with a finger print free lid.
Connectivity will include WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, and it will have USB and HDMI ports. The S3 will also include a 1.3MP webcam and a two-in-one card reader.
Acer has included two instant features, which are 'Green Instant On' and 'Instant Connect'. These supposedly mean you can instantly resume the laptop and get connected to the internet in two and a half seconds.
UK pricing and availability aren't available yet but Acer said the Aspire S3 will cost between €799 and €1,199 and it will be on sale in selected regions this month. µ
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