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Acer Aspire S3 ultrabook confirmed this week for $899

The Acer ultrabook will be launching in North America this week, right on schedule to go head-to-head with the Asus UX21

Speculation surrounding the final retail value of Acer’s first ultrabook can finally be put to rest as the Taiwanese manufacturer has released a press release today detailing the North American launch.

Customers will be able to get their hands on the Acer Aspire S3 starting for just $899. Previous rumors hinted at prices as low as $800 or as expensive as $1000 or more, but the $900 price tag is certainly reasonable. As a reminder, the ultrathin notebook is just 12.59 inches (31.97cm) by 8.52 inches (21.64cm) by 0.51 to 0.68 inches (1.30cm to 1.73cm).

The combination of extreme mobility and affordability found in the Acer Aspire S3-951 Ultrabook will undoubtedly change the way people think about mobile computing,” said Acer VP of America of product marketing Sumit Agnihotry in the press release.

Notably, the Aspire S3 will make use of a 20GB SSD for the operating system and will also assist in super-fast restarts, cold boots and shutdowns.

Other features include a Sandy Bridge Core i5 CPU with Intel HD Graphics 3000, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD, glass-covered 13.3-inch 1366x768 resolution display, Bluetooth 4.0+ HSR, lightweight aluminum framing and HDMI. USB ports are provided, of course, but the press release makes no mention of USB 3.0. Overall, the unit weighs just 2.98 pounds (1.35kg) with an expected battery life of 6 hours.

The Aspire S3 ultrabook will begin appearing on both online and retail outlets this week at the aforementioned MSRP of $899. Keep an eye out for the Asus UX21 as well, as this ultrabook is also expected to be available before the end of the week.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-10-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)