Acer Aspire S3 Core-i7 Ultrabook Wraps Lifted; to be Available this Month

September 3, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Check out the super-thin Ultrabook from Acer. The new Aspire S3 was launched at the IFA Berlin, and makes many promises, including 1.5 seconds time to resume from sleep. Acer claims to be the first to market a Core-i7 model later this month, and plans to produce Core i3 and Core i5 versions from this second generation chip family.

The Aspire S3 is super-slim at just 13mm and weighs only 1.3 kg. It sports a 13.3 inch (1366 x 768) LCD screen embedded in the magnesium alloy unibody chassis which, apart from making the Ultrabook thin, also helps disperse heat for this vent-free machine. This also gives the machine an appearance similar to the MacBook Air, making clear Acer’s intention to strongly compete with the iconic Apple.

Acer boasts a 50-day battery life for Aspire S3 in its deep sleep mode and 7 hours for normal use. It supposedly takes two seconds to connect to a wireless network. But the 1.5 seconds to resume from sleep turned out to be a bit of a dud.

When the President of Operations Campbell Khan opened the lid of the engineering sample for a live demo, the machine did not simply fire up from sleep, which made him take a second attempt to show the instant on functionality.

The Aspire S3 will be available in Europe later this month in price tags ranging from €799 ($1153 US) to €1199 ($1731 US).

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