Acer Aspire S3 ultrabook at the FCC

The Acer Aspire S3 is a thin and light laptop due out this fall. It’s Acer’s first entry into the new “ultrabook” space which is defined by notebooks that weigh less than 3 pounds, measure less than 0.8 inches thick, have solid state disks, and the latest Intel processors.

This week the Aspire S3 made an appearance at the FCC website, which is one of the steps any device with wireless capabilities has to make before it can launch in the US. In fact, it looks like Qualcomm/Atheros submitted the application in this case, not Acer.

While there aren’t many surprises in the FCC listing, I did learn that the laptop will have a 36.4Whr, 3280mAh Lithium Polymer battery pack. Like most other ultrabooks, the Aspire S3 battery isn’t meant to be removed or replaced by the end user. You’ll need to send in the laptop for repair (or risk voiding your warranty) if you need to replace the battery.

The FCC has also been kind enough to publish a photo of the notebook’s insides so you can see where the WiFi and Bluetooth module hangs out. You can also see the battery, hard drive, USB hubs, and other components in the photo though.

Acer Aspire S3 open

The Acer Aspire S3 features a 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, 802.11b/g/n WiFI, Bluetooth 4.0, and a choice of processors including Intel Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 chips. The ultrabook will be available with a 240GB solid state disk, 320GB solid state disk, or a 500GB hard drive with an integrated SSD to help boost performance for some operations.

The notebook measures 0.5 inches thick and weighs about 3 pounds. Acer says the battery will provide up to 7 hours of run time, o rup to 50 days of standby time in “deep sleep” mode.

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4 replies on “Acer Aspire S3 ultrabook hits the FCC”

  1. Any ultrabooks with 10 inch screens coming out? Don’t mind it being 1.5 inches thick. I care more about the other dimensions and  at least a Core i3 ULV .

    1. Nope. There’s only one ultrabook that I know of (The Asus UX21) which will have an 11.6 inch display. Every other model that’s been announced so far has a 13.3 inch screen. 

        1. No Ultrabooks but there are a few Ultra Portables in the 10″ size range.  Like the Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T580 convertible and Panasonic’s Let’s Note J10, N10, S10 and B10 laptops.

          Full Sandy Bridge systems, but pricing will be on the very pricey side and generally not as thin as Ultrabooks.

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