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Acer unveils ultra-thin ultrabook, the Aspire S5

With a maximum width of just 15mm, Acer claims its new ultrabook is the thinnest on the market.

Acer has unveiled its new ultrabook, which it claims is the thinnest on the market.

The Aspire S5's sleek design is just 15mm thick at its maximal point, and weighs less than 1.35kg, despite using a 13.3-inch LCD screen.

Inside, the device tries to bridge the gap between laptop and tablet with the Acer Green Instant On technology, which allows for fast boot and resume in around 1.5 seconds.

The other plus side of using this system is that, as not all applications and drivers are powered up, battery life is dramatically extended - Acer says it will last "several weeks".

In addition, the Aspire S5 uses the Acer Always Connect system, which enables management of data and multimedia on all devices at any time.

Owners can even use a smartphone to "wake up" the ultrabook and start moving photos, music and media around, while leaving Facebook, Twitter and Outlook open will allow users resuming use of the device to see all updates instantly.

Also featured in the Aspire S5 is an Intel Core processor, solid-state drive storage for added speed and shock resistance, Dolby Home Theatre v4 for audio and video playback and a chiclet keyboard.

The S5 is also the first Acer ultrabook to feature the MagicFlip port panel, which reveals hidden socket points for HDMI, USB3.0 and 20Gps Thunderbolt.

Jim Wong, president of Acer, explained that this release marks a change in the product landscape, commenting: "The ultrabook is much more than just a product segment.

"It's a new trend that will become the mainstream for mobile PCs, and customers will see the unique features gradually extended across Acer's notebook family."

Also releasing a new ultrabook in the coming weeks is Lenovo, which has unveiled the ThinkPad T4300u.

It claims that the model, which is designed for mobile business use, represents the "next generation in thin and light computing".ADNFCR-1220-ID-801259412-ADNFCR