Acer has revealed the world’s thinnest ultrabook ‘Acer Aspire S5‘ which is to be showcased this week at CES 2012 in Las Vegas. The models will start shipping in the second quarter of 2012. Prices have not been disclosed yet.
Analyst Tim Bajarin from Creative Strategies has said, “That S5 is quite significant. It looks like the thinnest and lightest, and it sets the bar for the rest of the ultrabook vendors.”
Specifications of the Acer Aspire S5 include a 13.3-inch screen and the laptop’s thickest point measures 15 mm. The S5 weighs a little less than 1.35 kg (or 3 pounds).
The Taiwan-based Acer’s Chief Executive J.T.Wang said, “We are committed to evolving this technology. By the second quarter of this year we will have four models of ultrabook and more to come.”
Also according to Wang, the ultrabooks will be shipped with Windows 8 OS after Microsoft releases the latest version of its Windows OS later in 2012. He estimates that ultrabooks will be at least 35 percent of the Acer product line by the end of 2012.
The Aspire is not estimated to challenge the hold MacBook Air has on the market because it will not be shipped with open source OS. Bajarin says in this regard, “The real battle is not with Apple, it is with all the other vendors coming out with Windows ultrabooks. Apple will still do great with MacBook Air, but in the Windows world it is great news that five years after Apple set the tone the industry is finally getting something equal.”
Acer has also come up with plans to launch a free cloud-based service just like Apple’s iCloud which lets users store music, documents, photos and videos on the internet ‘cloud’. Acer users will be able to do as well, and access their content from any Windows 8 or Android OS-running device in the future.