Acer unveils world’s thinnest Ultrabook

Electronics maker Acer has revealed the world’s thinnest Ultrabook at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Aspire S5 is an ultra-slim device that measures only 15 mm at the maximal point, and weighs less than 1.35 kg – accompanied by a 13.3-inch (34 cm) LCD screen.

Acer's Aspire S5 is an ultra-slim device that measures only 15 mm (image: Gizmodo)

In terms of computing power, it packs an Intel Core processor, SSD storage for speed and increased shock resistance, professionally-tuned Dolby Home Theater v4, longer battery life and is equipped with a chiclet keyboard.

“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,” said Jim Wong, president of Acer.

In addition to the new features, it includes Acer’s Green Instant On technology, which allows the device to boot up and resume tasks very quickly. Acer’s Always Connect lets users manage their multimedia and data on all their devices at anytime and anywhere.

“Adorned with a delicately curved chassis in Onyx Black, the Aspire S5’s cover rim wraps around the system body like a protective shell. A magnesium-aluminum alloy cover and palm rest provide a slimmer and sturdier form, while the metallic brushed detail presents subtle elegance,” the company wrote in a press release.

The Aspire S5 is expected to start shipping in Q2 2012.

Charlie Fripp – Acting online editor