The Acer Aspire S3 ultrabook computer was announced at the IFA the other day, and is a device that competes directly against the Apple MacBook Air and the Samsung Series 9.
The Acer Apire S3 will be ne available in a number of configurations. All will have a 13.3″ HD LED display, and at its thinnest point will have a thickness of 13 mm. The processors in the series will be of the 2nd generation Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 variety. The cover material is aluminium/Mg-Al, and all up the weight of the Acer Aspire S3 is just under 1.4 kg. Pn a full charge the battery will provide up to 7 hours use, and if left untouched from a full charge the Acer Aspire S3 ultrabooks will hold at least some charge for 50 days.
Wake up the Acer Aspire S3 from a state of sleep, and Acer claim the computer will power up in 1.5 seconds, while from deep sleep it will do so in 6 seconds.
“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. The features of the Aspire S3, powered by 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors — including instant on, instant connect, long battery life, and its elegant slim and light design — will satisfy many users’ desire for a free and easy life on the go,” said Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager of the Intel PC Client Group.
“As the only Ultrabook with an HDD option, the Aspire S3 offers the computing power and storage needs of a notebook, along with the mobile communication advantages of the smartphone and tablet PC,” added Kan. “It’s a major breakthrough in notebook design and will surely fortify our notebook competitiveness in the ICT market.”
Australian price and release date
At the time of writing there is no information on price and release date in Australia, however Acer are set to locally launch the Aspire S series at a press event tomorrow.
As a guide, in Europe the Acer Aspire S3 will be priced between 799 and 1,199 Euros.
UPDATE, 7 September 2011 – As announced at the press event today, the Australian price of the Acer Aspire S3 series will range from $1,199 to $2,000, depending on configuration. Less is more it seems.
The Acer Aspire S3 ultrabook computer will go on sale around the middle of October.