Jan. 8, 2012 at 4:39 PM ET
At the CES 2012 conference, Acer proudly announced that its latest gadget — the Aspire S5 — is "the world's thinnest ultra book." And that claim's not particularly shocking considering that the device measures in at only 15mm — about three-fifths of an inch— at its maximal point.
Oh, and the S5 isn't just slim — it weighs a reasonable 1.35 kg (that's less than 3 lbs.). It has what Acer describes as a "delicately curved chassis" — which comes in "onyx black," in case you're wondering — and a sturdy magnesium-aluminium alloy cover.
But let's forget about the gadget's somewhat anorexic looks and talk specs. So far we know that the S5 will feature an Intel Core processor, SSD storage, Dolby Home Theater v4 technology, and a PowerSmart battery pack. There's also a "magical I/O port panel" which is concealed just below the device's hinge — a touch of a button opens this panel and reveals HDMI, USB 3.0, and Thunderbolt ports.
The S5 will also offer the Acer Green Instant On and Acer Always Connect technology, meaning that it should boot (and resume) quickly while making managing data a breeze.
We're told that the S5 will start shipping in the second quarter of 2012.
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