CES 2012: Acer Unveils Aspire S5, the ‘World’s Thinnest’ Ultrabook

Acer has released Aspire A5 ultrabook which is considered to be the world’s thinnest laptop.

Ahead of its press conference at CES, Acer has just announced the new Aspire S5 ultrabook, which the company says is the world's thinnest — it's only 15mm at its thickest point. Photo: Acer

Not surprisingly, Acer’s jumping on the quickly-expanding Ultrabook bandwagon here at CES 2012, with the Aspire S5 being the first out of the chute.

Today the PC producer unveiled its Aspire S5, which is claimed to be the ‘world’s thinnest ultrabook’. It can be true to life, but unveilings are happening fast and furious at CES, and the S5 can be replaced at any time, Mashable reports.

“That S5 is quite significant,” analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies said the presentation of the device. “It looks like the thinnest and lightest, and it sets the bar for the rest of the ultrabook vendors,” he added.

The Aspire new device measures just 15 millimeters, or 0.59 inches, at its thickest point. To compare, the MacBook Air, the laptop that inspired the Ultrabook movement, is 0.68 inches at its thickest point.

Weight is about 3 pounds. That definitely beats Intel’s guidelines of being thinner than 0.71 inches and lighter than 3.1 pounds to be worthy of its Ultrabook moniker.

The Aspire S5 Ultrabook also uses Acer Always Connect, which lets users manage data on their computers even when the machine is asleep — the S5 can be woken up from a smartphone, and will immediately log into email and social network accounts.

The Aspire also includes some useful and amazing techs that help with high performance: Acer Green Instant On, which is to bring the notebook back from sleep mode in less than 1.5 seconds; Acer Always Connect, which quickly reconnects you with any services you were logged into when your computer went to sleep. It also allows waking up the S5 via smartphone.

Besides, the device includes a Thunderbolt port inside, capable of 20Gbps speeds, along with USB 3.0 and HDMI ports — all are hidden below the S5’s hinge, and can be accessed by pressing Acer’s new MagicFlip key.

The computer is powered by an Intel Core processor (though it’s still unclear which one), has SSD storage, uses Dolby Home Theater audio, and has a PowerSmart battery pack that Acer says will have a life cycle three times longer than normal batteries.

The S5 will start shipping in the second quarter of this year, though the price was not announced.

Acer Aspire S5 is a black, magnesium-alloy and brushed-metal 13.3-inch laptop, weighing 1.35kg (2.97 pounds) and featuring Acer's Instant On technology that brings the computer back from sleep in 1.5 seconds. Photo: Acer

“We are committed to evolving this technology,” said Acer chief executive J.T. Wang. “By the second quarter of this year we will have four models of ultrabook and more to come.”

He added that ultrabooks would make up about 35 percent of the Acer product line by the end of this year.

When asked about the competition on the market, Bajarin said, “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,” he continued.

According to Nine MSN, the company has revealed its plans to launch a free service that will let users of its computers store video, photos, music, and documents in the Internet “cloud” and access files from any Windows 8 or Android software powered gadgets.

“We believe Microsoft will take care of Windows devices; Google will take care of Android devices, and Acer will take care of in between,” Wang said. “We will make Windows work very well with Android and other platforms too.”

Bajarin stated S5 as the first Windows equivalent of popular MacBook Air laptops built by California-based Apple. Acer Cloud may become a Windows variant of the Apple’s freshly-launched iCloud service that gives people an access to their content from iPads, iPhones, iPods, and Macintosh computers.

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