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IFA 2011 | Aspire S3 Ultrabook officially announced

Acer promises 50 day standby and 7 hour battery life with new S3 Ultrabook

Ultrabooks are all the rage these days, and while Acer was one of the first adopters, their first Ultrabook is just now being announced. Previously known as the Aspire 3951, the laptop has been officially rebranded as the Aspire S3 and was unveiled by the Taiwanese manufacturer at today’s IFA press conference.

Like most Ultrabooks, the S3 features a slim profile thanks to its external aluminum casing, while a thickness of 1.3cm and a weight of 1.4kg (3lbs) make for excellent portability. However, Acer seems to have paid close attention to the device’s energy consumption, as the S3 arrives with claims of 7 hour battery life per charge and an outstanding 50 days of standby. In addition, the laptop should come with an Instant On time of just 1.5 seconds and Internet access within 6 seconds thanks to Acer’s Green Instant On technology and its customized sleep modes.

As far as the other specs go, the S3’s 13.3” display has a resolution of 1366x767 pixels and the laptops can be equipped with Sandy Bridge i3/i5/i7 CPUs (though they’re of the ultra-low voltage variety). Users also have the option between a 256GB SSD or a 320/500GB HDD that comes with an embedded motherboard SSD to help improve boot times.

Intel has been aggressively targeting a sub-$1,000 price tag for their Ultrabooks, but as was demonstrated by the Lenovo U300s yesterday, that isn’t a necessity. Unfortunately, Acer appears to be headed down that same road, as evidenced by the S3's €799 (~$1,133) starting price. However, that price is for the VAT inclusive European markets, and things may change as it makes its way stateside.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-09- 2 (Update: 2012-05-26)