Acer Details Two New Ultrabooks Ahead of CES

Subject: Mobile | January 8, 2012 - 01:23 PM |
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CES hasn’t officially started yet, but Acer has already leaked out details about two of its new ultrabooks. The Timeline Ultra and the Acer Aspire S5.

The Timeline Ultra will be the first available to consumers, with an expected release in Q1 2012.  It will be just 20mm (.78 inches) thick and come in both 14-inch and 15-inch models. 

Acer is claiming 8 hours of battery life. As you might expect, the Ultra will be powered by Intel Core processors and include HDMI, USB 3.0 and optinal solid state drives. More surprising is the inclusion of a slim optical drive and dedicated graphics. Unfortunately, the exact GPU available is not yet disclosed. 

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The Acer Aspire S5, planned for a later release in Q2 2012, is no more than 15mm (.59 inches) thick – making it the world’s thinnest ultrabook. Of course, this may only last as long as the next manufacturer’s press announcement, but you get the point. It’s really, really thin.

The laptop is available with a 13.3” display and will weigh in 1.35kg (about 3 pounds). Connectivity includes HDMI, Thunderbolt and USB 3.0. Internal hardware will include Intel Core low-voltage processors and solid state hard drives. 

Both laptops use Acer Instant On, which should allow the laptop to start from sleep in under 2 seconds, and Acer Always Connect, which allows the laptop to wake from sleep based on a command from a remote device, such as a smartphone. 

Images unfortunately are not yet available, but you can click through below to read the full press release on both laptops. 

8 Jan 2012

Acer Presents Aspire Timeline Ultra

Since Acer rolled out the first Ultrabook in September 2011, the company has extended the product's unique features across its mainstream line of notebooks with 14-inch and 15-inch models. Acer today unveils the Aspire Timeline Ultra featuring 8 hours of battery life, high performance and a 2-spindle design in an Ultrabook. They feature Acer Green Instant On for fast boot and resume, and Acer Always Connect technology, which lets users manage their multimedia and data on all their devices at anytime, anywhere -even from sleep.

The new Aspire Timeline Ultra are slimmer and lighter than earlier generations of the Timeline series, which reach a delicate equilibrium between computer lightness and battery life, providing an entire day of computing on a single charge. Aspire Timeline Ultra measure just 20 mm thin, boast more than 8 hours of battery life,1 the latest Intel® Core™ i processor performance, dedicated graphics for intensive 3D gaming, and even a slim DVD-Super Multi optical drive.

Instantly on and always connected
Innovative Acer Green Instant On and Acer Always Connect technologies enable data upload and retrieval anytime, anywhere, and deliver power-saving features as well.

Acer Green Instant On provides instant-resume functionality (in 1.5 seconds) and ensures battery life that lasts several weeks.

Acer Always Connectgets users online faster than conventional connections for better productivity and infotainment enjoyment. With their Facebook, Twitter and Outlook email accounts open, users can see updates instantly upon resuming. Furthermore, Acer Always Connect can wake up the Timeline Ultra from a remote device like a smartphone. Access to all documents, music, pictures and video files is fast and always available.

Performance and Timeline design heritage
The Aspire Timeline Ultra features the latest Intel® Core™ i Series processors, an SSD/HDD storage option, professionally-tuned Dolby® Home Theater® v4 surround sound, as well as HDMI® and USB 3.0 ports. They also retain the Timeline design heritage of more than 8 hours of battery life via the PowerSmart long-life battery pack (with a 3X longer life cycle than traditional batteries2 and a thermal technology that keep users comfortable even when the Timeline Ultra is placed on their lap.

The Aspire Timeline Ultra will start shipping in Q1 2012.

8 Jan 2012

Acer Unveils World's Thinnest Ultrabook: Aspire S5

Acer unveiled the world's thinnest Ultrabook with the Aspire S5, an ultra-slim device that measures only 15 mm at the maximal point. It weighs less than 1.35 kg (less than 3 lbs.) and is built with a 13.3-inch (34 cm) LCD. In addition, it features the unique Acer Green Instant On technology for fast boot and resume, and Acer Always Connect, which lets users manage their multimedia and data on all their devices at anytime, anywhere - even from sleep.

"The Ultrabook is much more than just a product segment," said Jim Wong, president of Acer Inc. "It's a new trend that will become the mainstream for mobile PCs, and customers will see the unique features gradually extended across Acer's notebook family."

Instantly on and always connected
Innovative Acer Green Instant On and Acer Always Connect technologies enable data upload and retrieval anytime, anywhere, and deliver power-saving features as well.

Acer Green Instant On provides instant-resume functionality (in 1.5 seconds) and ensures battery life that lasts several weeks.

Acer Always Connectgets users online faster than conventional connections for better productivity and infotainment enjoyment. With their Facebook, Twitter and Outlook email accounts open, users can see updates instantly upon resuming. Furthermore, Acer Always Connect can wake up the Aspire S5 from a remote device like a smartphone. Access to all documents, music, pictures and video files is fast and always available.

Ultra-fluid contours
Adorned with a delicately curved chassis in Onyx Black, the Aspire S5's cover rim wraps around the system body like a protective shell. A magnesium-aluminum alloy cover and palmrest provide a slimmer and sturdier form, while the metallic brushed detail presents subtle elegance. The clean and ultra-fluid contours seen from all angles make the S5 a vision of beauty.

Magical I/O port panel
The Aspire S5 is Acer's first Ultrabook to feature a smartly designed MagicFlip I/O port panel concealed just below the hinge. This design feature enhances the overall slenderness and streamlined form of the S5. When needed, a press of the MagicFlip key opens the panel to reveal a selection of I/O ports: HDMI®, USB 3.0 and 20 Gbps Thunderbolt.

Performance and eco-friendly features
The Aspire S5 features an Intel® Core™ processor, SSD storage for speed and increased shock resistance, professionally-tuned Dolby® Home Theater® v4, long battery life via the PowerSmart battery pack (with a 3X longer life cycle1 than traditional batteries), and is equipped with a chiclet keyboard.

 

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Source: Acer
January 9, 2012 | 09:50 AM - Posted by jorge mitchell (not verified)

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