Acer Debuts First Ultrabook: Aspire S3

Acer announces its first Ultrabook at the IFA  consumer electronics show in Berlin. Ultrabook is a term from Intel which defines a new class of ‘PC’ that is a cross between laptop and tablet; for the best of both world. Refer to ‘Intel Capital Creates $300 Million Ultrabook Fund‘. Resumes in a quick 1.5 seconds and delivers 50-day battery life via Acer Green Instant On; features large hard drive capacity; and connects to the Internet in 2.5 seconds

The Acer Aspire S3 integrates the best  features of notebook and mobile devices, offering users powerful performance  for digital creation, in addition to ultra-fast responsiveness and interaction for  content consumption, enhancing the freedom and overall computing experiences of  users on the go.

Innovative Acer Green Instant On technology provides instant-resume functionality  and ensures battery longevity, while Acer  Instant Connect delivers faster  Internet access. The Aspire S3 is encased in a thin, light metal design that’s sturdy  and aerodynamic. It will be available in select regions from September.

Campbell Kan, president of Personal Computer  Global Operations, Acer Inc., said, “The Aspire S3 is truly designed to  meet notebook users’ needs, combining essential features of the smartphone and tablet  PC, such as fast startup and Internet connectivity, with long battery life. Matched  with its slim form, the Aspire S3 will provide a fresh experience and set a  major milestone in the history of Acer’s notebook development.”

Ultra-long  unplugged freedom via instant on and connect

Modern notebook users want to maximize their time  and effort wherever they go. The Aspire S3 helps them make the most of their time  via two new innovations: Acer Green Instant On, which delivers ultra-fast  responsiveness, energy efficiency and enhanced power management; and Acer  Instant Connect, which provides access to the Internet in just 2.5 seconds1,2 – four times faster than conventional connections – so users can go faster for better  productivity and infotainment enjoyment. There’s no compromise.

Acer Green Instant On provides two sleep  modes from which the Aspire S3 responds with surprising speed: From Sleep the Aspire S3 will resume in a  mere 1.5 seconds,2 and from Deep  Sleep it resumes in 6  seconds.2 With these energy-conscious innovations, the Aspire S3’s  battery life lasts up to 50 days3,4 – even longer than  regular mobile phone batteries!

Ultra-slim  in an aerodynamic metal design

For easy-to-carry convenience, the Aspire S3 measures  1.3 cm thin and weighs less than 1.4 kg (3 lbs.).5 It’s also equipped with a full-size Acer FineTip chiclet keyboard, designed for  comfortable use and maximum productivity. All-day usability is assured by a  super-lightweight, high-density battery that delivers up to 7 hours6 of juice. The aerodynamic design of the Aspire S3 features a strong and  lightweight aluminum/magnesium alloy chassis, and a lid with a fingerprint-free  metal finish that feels as smooth as silk.

The 13.3″ ultra-thin HD LED display adopts  an open cell design to conserve materials by using the lid and bezel to form an  aluminum frame for the screen. This creates a super-slim yet protective profile  and reduces the energy required during manufacture as compared to conventional  panel designs.

Innovative  airflow design enhances comfort

The Aspire S3 features a vent-free bottom so  the notebook rests comfortably on the user’s lap. Warm components are smartly placed  away from the palmrest and touchpad area, so users won’t feel any heat discomfort.  Further innovation is offered via a new airflow design that dissipates warm air  from the rear of the notebook, preventing air from blowing towards the user’s  hands. Finally, the fan motor is optimized to enhance efficiency and lower  power consumption to help increase system battery life.

Uncompromising  performance for content creation and enjoyment

The Aspire S3 features the latest 2nd  generation Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 processors for full  computing and digital creation capability, and a choice of 240 GB SSD or  320/500 GB HDD with embedded SSD7 for ultra-fast access and ample media and data storage. Packing professionally-tuned  Dolby® Home Theater® v4, the Aspire S3 delivers vibrant,  cinema-style surround sound and enhanced dialogue quality for optimum listening  experiences. Standard HDMI® output is also included for connecting  the Aspire S3 to popular HD peripheral devices for high-def digital/video  playback and extension. Furthermore, users can quickly and easily share data or  download photos from their digital cameras using the 2-in-1 card reader that  supports SD™ Cards and MultiMediaCard™.

On-the-go users can keep in touch with  friends and colleagues with high-clarity video conferences thanks to the  integrated Acer Crystal Eye 1.3 megapixel camera and microphone — with superior  Wi-Fi® connections guaranteed by Acer InviLink™ Nplify™  802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ technology.8 Wireless convenience is enhanced by the addition of latest-generation Bluetooth®  4.0+HSR technology with lower power consumption.

“We are very happy to see the formal launch of  the Acer Aspire S3, Acer’s first Ultrabook, and to be one of the leading time-to-market  partners to place an Ultrabook in the market. The features of the Aspire S3,  powered by 2nd generation Intel® Core™  processors — including instant on, instant connect, long battery life, and its  elegant slim and light design — will satisfy many users’ desire for a free and  easy life on the go,” said Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager  of the Intel PC Client Group.

“As the only Ultrabook with an HDD  option, the Aspire S3 offers the computing power and storage needs of a notebook,  along with the mobile communication advantages of the smartphone and tablet PC,”  added Kan. “It’s a major breakthrough in notebook design and will surely fortify  our notebook competitiveness in the ICT market.”

Priced between €799 and €1199, the Aspire S3  will start to roll out in select regions in September and ramp-up in October,  and is expected to become Acer’s star product during the fourth quarter. For  product price, specifications and availability in each country, please contact  Acer’s local operations.

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