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Acer released its Aspire S3 ultrabook in the U.S. on Monday. The device, which weighs in at less than three pounds, provides up to 50 days of standby time and supports up to six hours of continuous usage. It has an Intel Core i5 processor, a 20 GB solid-state drive and a 320 GB hard drive. The Aspire S3 has a "speedy resume" feature and a 13.3-inch high definition LED-backlit display. Pricing is $900 -- substantially lower than the $1,075 to roughly $1,600 the device was originally quoted at when announced at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin last month.
Is Acer (or the pundits) too insecure to suggest that the S3 targets the Macbook Air? Even if it is a lesser competitor, it seems a lot closer to a MBA than an iPad. Other than it not being all SSD hard drive, is something missing?