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This is the Acer Aspire 3951 Air-like Ultrabook

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"Leaked" images of Acer's upcoming ultrabook have appeared online, revealing a sleek and sexy design.

Images of Acer's answer to Apple's MacBook Air – the Acer Aspire 3951 sporting Intel's ultra-sleek ultrabook design – have found their way online. The shots were provided by Vietnamese site Sohoa and reveals an extremely thin chassis that looks too brittle to be real. Still, that's the point of Intel's sexy ultrabook design: a hot, super-thin body packed with impressive hardware for under $1000 USD.

The Acer ultrabook is reportedly slated for October (seems to be a hot month for gadgets) and will sport a 13.3-inch screen, an aluminum chassis and an overall weight of less than 3.09 pounds. It will also supposedly measure just 0.51-inches thick – roughly the equivalent size of Apple's impressive MacBook Air 13-inch model. The images provided by Sohoa confirm that most of the device's ports are located on the rear just under the hinge.

Under the keyboard, the ultrabook will feature Intel's second-generation Core CPU, 250 GB or 500 GB of HDD, optional 160 GB of SSD storage, a memory card reader, HDMI output, USB ports, Bluetooth 4.0, an HD webcam and more. The device will jump out of sleep mode in 1.7 seconds and even have a standby time of 30 days. Actual runtime should be around 6 hours.

So far rumors are pointing to a pricetag ranging from $768 to $960 USD, depending on the configuration. In the meantime, to see the full gallery, head here.

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    Nintendork , August 10, 2011 12:13 AM
    Do TV makers or Tyre makers sue or ban a product because it looks similar to his own? No.

    There's deep sh*t in this fruit mafia.
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    SpadeM , August 9, 2011 10:56 PM
    kilo_17It kinda looks like they copied the design of the Macbooks....

    It's not like you have a lot of choices when the goal is "thin and light". There are bound to be similarities but the one I liked was hp's voodoo envy .. now that was a beautiful machine.
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    wintermint , August 9, 2011 10:33 PM
    Ooooh bench this against the refreshed macbook air lineup :) 
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    wintermint , August 9, 2011 10:33 PM
    Ooooh bench this against the refreshed macbook air lineup :) 
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    kilo_17 , August 9, 2011 10:46 PM
    It kinda looks like they copied the design of the Macbooks....
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    SpadeM , August 9, 2011 10:56 PM
    kilo_17It kinda looks like they copied the design of the Macbooks....

    It's not like you have a lot of choices when the goal is "thin and light". There are bound to be similarities but the one I liked was hp's voodoo envy .. now that was a beautiful machine.
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    zorky9 , August 9, 2011 11:03 PM
    SpadeMIt's not like you have a lot of choices when the goal is "thin and light". There are bound to be similarities ...


    Agree. Apple recently won to have Samsung 10" tablets banned in Europe because they're so "Apple-like".. If products are geared toward a specific purpose, they're bound to be similar in one way or another. Hey, iPADs have Samsung procs, don't they? ... What will they do with Acer now?
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    salgado18 , August 9, 2011 11:25 PM
    zorky9Agree. Apple recently won to have Samsung 10" tablets banned in Europe because they're so "Apple-like".. If products are geared toward a specific purpose, they're bound to be similar in one way or another. Hey, iPADs have Samsung procs, don't they? ... What will they do with Acer now?

    Form should be similar, but details are too close to Apple's. They should use different keyboard colors (same as Air), make it a little less full-aluminium (same as all MacBooks), even the hinge is pretty much the same. Oh, and the trackpad seems too equal.
    Acer can design it so it doesn't look like the Air, and still make a very nice, if not beautiful design.
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    AnUnusedUsername , August 9, 2011 11:35 PM
    Quote:
    It's not like you have a lot of choices when the goal is "thin and light". There are bound to be similarities but the one I liked was hp's voodoo envy .. now that was a beautiful machine.


    The envy was made before HP bought Voodoo, just so you know. I think the main reason it's design hasn't been copied or adapted is cost, hard edges and carbon fiber instead of smooth edges and metal is a unique take on an ultralight, but it isn't cheap to produce.
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    _Pez_ , August 9, 2011 11:42 PM
    "Apple Air" will sue "Acer Aspire" just because there are two "A's" at the begining of each word. je je je !! Also they will sue acer because acer might be a better product, but something I would like to know is; why acer did not use AMD APU in that kind of platform?, those are enough powerfull all in one. Or will they consider APU's in near future ?
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    kilo_17 , August 9, 2011 11:42 PM
    SpadeMIt's not like you have a lot of choices when the goal is "thin and light". There are bound to be similarities but the one I liked was hp's voodoo envy .. now that was a beautiful machine.

    Good point, I didn't think about that
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    malphas , August 9, 2011 11:52 PM
    salgado18Form should be similar, but details are too close to Apple's. They should use different keyboard colors (same as Air), make it a little less full-aluminium (same as all MacBooks), even the hinge is pretty much the same. Oh, and the trackpad seems too equal.Acer can design it so it doesn't look like the Air, and still make a very nice, if not beautiful design.

    Apple don't own the rights to build things out of aluminium.
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    salgado18 , August 10, 2011 12:08 AM
    malphasApple don't own the rights to build things out of aluminium.

    I don't mean use other material, but put some different color, or pattern in it.
    Seriously, I want one of those, but I hope they don't get sued before it gets here.
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    Nintendork , August 10, 2011 12:11 AM
    Now I undestand.

    Apple is a US based company, so most of their taxes goes to uncle sam. Apple needs to be monopolistic in order to help US economy.

    Hope that company dissapears, and Jobs dies once and for all. Free competition has gone.
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    Nintendork , August 10, 2011 12:13 AM
    Do TV makers or Tyre makers sue or ban a product because it looks similar to his own? No.

    There's deep sh*t in this fruit mafia.
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    TEAMSWITCHER , August 10, 2011 12:42 AM
    A huge difference is that the MacBook Air is shipping today. People, especially college bound students, can walk into an Apple Store or Best Buy and actually see one. They can try the keyboard, browse to their favorite web site, sample the trackpad, etc.. The Acer Aspire 3951 and the Asus US21 are still "comming soon." They need to be manufactured, priced, shipped, and reviewed. I hope they do well, but until I can actually see one for myself, the MacBook Air is inherently more attractive. "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."
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    lauxenburg , August 10, 2011 2:47 AM
    try-hards
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    mkrijt , August 10, 2011 7:37 AM
    Hmz.. the source page is gone :( 
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    Anonymous , August 10, 2011 11:00 AM
    this is going to be another law suit... :) 
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    JohnnyLucky , August 10, 2011 4:20 PM
    13.3 inch screen?? I won't be able to find let alone read the fine print for the deal that's too good to be true.
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    sundragon , August 10, 2011 4:24 PM
    malphasApple don't own the rights to build things out of aluminium.


    I see your point, BUT...

    But Acer can do better... Copying almost everything is lame.

    As consumers - I own a Macbook Pro - Will probably purchase the new Air - We deserve better competition.

    I get riled up because people see a copy - Do better, not the same or slightly better - By the time they release the Acer - Apple will update their line with Ivy Bridge...

    Remember folks, it's a moving target - you don't aim at it, you aim ahead... Apple wins if they are copying the design...
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    malphas , August 10, 2011 4:34 PM
    The thing is things just look the same, but when it's related to an Apple product everyone cries foul and says it's imitation. How much different can you really make a thin aluminium laptop look? Look at plasma televisions, refrigerators, urinals, DSLR's, budget non-apple laptops, whatever - they all look the same as each other despite a myriad of different manufacturers, it's just convergent evolution.
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    sundragon , August 10, 2011 4:41 PM
    malphasThe thing is things just look the same, but when it's related to an Apple product everyone cries foul and says it's imitation. How much different can you really make a thin aluminium laptop look? Look at plasma televisions, refrigerators, urinals, DSLR's, budget non-apple laptops, whatever - they all look the same as each other despite a myriad of different manufacturers, it's just convergent evolution.


    You can always innovate - that is an excuse...

    Sony used to innovate - the First Walkman, my brother had his friend deliver it from Japan when I was kid - most amazing I'd ever seen... What happens when you stop innovating... Sony used to make the best TVs - now they are one among many.

    Currently Apple doesn't make excuses (they also make mistakes, but that's what happens when you push the envelope) - the Air has been successful because they do not want to take second place - In marketing (let's be honest) but also in design...

    If Acer had this exact design out a year ago - I would be applauding them.

    We can all say it's marketing, but honestly it's about innovating as much as marketing - There is a reason that Dell and Acer (to name a few) have pointed their target at Apple. We can argue, but it comes down to making a profit and both Dell and Acer want to be (or hopefully for the consumer, beat) Apple... nuff said.

    That's why they are doing so well...

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