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Acer launches skinny 15-inch ultrabook, sort of
Update: Spec and price are out
Acer has rolled out its first, and we believe the world’s first 15-inch ultrabook. Well, at least that's what Acer is calling it.
The sleek Aspire Timeline M3 obviously features a 15-inch screen, but there is no word on specs yet. Acer is just saying that it will be available in a wide array of configurations, with a choice of storage options and discrete graphics.
Acer will offer a choice of combined HDD and SSD storage, along with an SSD-only version, with wakeup speeds of 1.5 seconds. Users who need some additional graphics performance will be catered to by Nvidia’s GT640M GPU, and the M3 even features an optical drive.
Acer promises up to 8 hours of battery life, but there is still no word on pricing or even dimensions. In any case, the M3 should ship by the end of the month.
We managed to find a couple of incomplete listings and this is the spec sheet: dual-core Core i3 2367M at 1.4GHz, 4GB of RAM, 20GB SSD coupled with 500GB or 300GB hard drive, GT 640 graphics, USB 3.0, and 15.6-inch 1366x768 screen. It weighs 2.3kg, so it is hardly an ultrabook, but then again it does come with hybrid storage and it is very thin indeed. Prices start at a rather competitive €599, which more than makes up for some “creative” ultrabook PR on Acer’s part.