It's finally official: Acer revealed its first Ultrabook to North America today, the Aspire S3-951. The S3-951 is a 13.3-inch, half-inch thin ultraportable notebook weighing just under three pounds. The notebook sports a 20GB solid state boot drive and 320GB 5400rpm hard drive, a second-generation Intel Core i5-2467M processor at 1.6GHz, (2.3GHz with Turbo Boost) Intel HD Graphics 3000, and 4GB DDR3 memory.
Among some of its features include the ability to perform tasks within seconds, such as connect to the Internet in 2.5 seconds with Instant Connect and resume from sleep mode in less than two seconds with Instant On. Acer claims up to six hours of battery life with the S3-951, and up to 50 days of "stand-by time" when the notebook is not in use.
The Aspire S3 has an aluminum and magnesium chassis, weighs 2.98 pounds, and has a half-inch thin design. Its exact dimensions are 12.59 x 8.52 x .51~.68 inches. The display cover carries a fingerprint-free finish in metallic silver. The display itself is 13.3 diagonal inches with a 16:9 aspect ratio and has 1366 x 768 resolution.
The notebook also has an integrated 1.3 HD webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, a 2-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader (SD/MMC), HDMI and VGA, and two USB 2.0 ports.
Pricing and Availability
The Acer Aspire S3-951 will be available in select stores in the US and Canada. It has an MSRP of $899. More Ultrabook models will be announced in the months to come and Acer states that the notebooks will include Intel Core i3 or i7 processor with higher capacity SSDs.
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