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This is the Acer Aspire 3951 Air-like Ultrabook

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.

  • wintermint
    Ooooh bench this against the refreshed macbook air lineup :)
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  • kilo_17
    It kinda looks like they copied the design of the Macbooks....
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  • SpadeM
    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
    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
    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
    9302161 said:
    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_
    "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
    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
    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
    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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