TAIWANESE PC MAKER Acer has unveiled two ultrabooks ahead of CES 2012 as the firm aims get the jump on rivals going into the new year.
Full specifications of the Aspire S5 and Timeline ultrabooks are yet to be confirmed but the devices have some interesting features. Acer claims the Aspire S5 will be the thinnest ultrabook to date at only 15mm thick.
The 1.35kg chassis comes with a 13.3in LCD screen and a motorised Magicflip panel that opens to reveal HDMI, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports, the latter of which has been found only in Apple products up until now.
Acer will offer a choice of the latest Intel Core processors, and the Aspire S5 will feature an SSD to provide fast boot times. The firm claims that its Green Instant On allows the device to instantly resume in 1.5 seconds, helping to prolong battery life.
Meanwhile, the firm's Always Connect means that users will be able to wake up the Aspire S5 from their smartphone or tablet and access documents, music, pictures and video files.
For users looking for an ultrabook with a larger screen, Acer will offer the the Timeline Ultra in 14in and 15in models. This range will come with features such as the Green Instant On and the Always Connect software and Acer also claims that these ultrabooks will have an eight hour battery life.
Timeline Ultra devices will also have a dedicated graphics card and a DVD Super Multi optical drive for those users who have yet to move completely to the cloud.
Jim Wong, president of Acer was confident that ultrabooks will be a big hit in 2012.
"It's a new trend that will become the mainstream for mobile PCs, and customers will see the unique features gradually extended across Acer's notebook family," he said.
Acer will start shipping the Aspire Timeline Ultra in the first quarter and will launch the Aspire S5 in the second quarter, but it has yet to reveal pricing. µ