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Acer Aspire 3951 could be coming as soon as this September

The Acer ultrabook may be launching earlier than expected in order to one-up the ultrathin Asus UX21

Otherwise known as the Acer ultrabook, the Aspire 3951 may be launching as soon as this September, claims Electronista. The notebook was leaked onto a Vietnamese website about a week ago.

The source cites a story from Taiwan’s Commercial Times where the original launch date of December for the Acer ultrabook could be moving up to September in order to better compete with Asus’s own ultrabook, the UX21. The Asus notebook is due out sometime this September at the earliest as well.

Additionally, the Aspire 3951 could be in a rush due to the possible earlier release date. According to the source, the chassis and innards of the ultrathin Acer notebook have already been redesigned multiple times while the 11-inch model may be delayed in order to launch the 13.3-inch in time for September. For comparison, the ultrathin Asus UX21 and MacBook Air will launch or have already launched with 11-inch models.

It would be quite an achievement if Acer can oust an ultrabook within the next few months given the expensive components, harsh requirements and tight supply of magnesium alloys. Other manufacturers, such as Lenovo, are expecting to release their own respective ultrabooks by 2012 at the latest.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-08-20 (Update: 2012-05-26)