The Acer Aspire S3 was one of the first ultrabooks to hit the market last year, and it’s one of the least expensive, with prices regularly hitting the $700 mark.

Now Acer is getting ready to upgrade the Aspire S3 — while lowering the starting price to $648.

Acer Aspire S3

Acer has announced that starting next week the Aspire S3 will be available in the US with Intel Ivy Bridge (3rd generation Core family) processors and prices ranging from $648 to $1000.

The laptop weighs just under 3 pounds and features a 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display. It will be available with a range of processor and storage options, supporting up to a Core i7 CPU and 256GB solid state disk.

Cheaper models will have a hybrid storage system with a large hard drive paired with a smaller solid state disk.

Acer will also begin offering S3 ultrabooks with Ivy Bridge processors in Canada this week, but prices will be a little higher there, at $800 and up.

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