By Alexandra Burlacu | May 06, 2013 09:25 AM EDT
Acer just unveiled the Aspire P3, its first convertible Windows 8 ultrabook that reportedly "redefines the computer" and sports an attractive price tag.
While Intel Haswell chips will allow for more battery-friendly designs and result in smaller Windows 8 tablets, the new Acer Aspire P3 convertible falls in line with current-generation tablets. Its features are good, but not previously unseen, and the design is familiar as well.
According to the company, the Acer Aspire P3 is an "ultrabook convertible," which means a Windows 8 tablet with a keyboard cover. The slate and the cover combine in a way that is reminiscent of the keyboard cover solutions for the iPad. The case snaps on via Bluetooth with no physical connectors, just like many other keyboard cases do with Android/ iPad slates. The loop on the case has room for an optional stylus.
While some won't miss it, others will likely consider the lack of a touch pad below the keyboard as a significant drawback. In terms of specs, the Acer Aspire P3 packs an Intel core i3 or i5 processor, just like the Surface Pro and other high-end Windows 8 tablets. It sports an 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels, comes with 2GB or 4GB of RAM, 60GB or 120GB internal storage options. Other specs include Intel HD 400 graphics, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 720p front shooter, one USB 3.0 port and micro HDMI.
"Customers are moving to a touch-centric way of computing for most of their everyday tasks, such as web browsing, checking email, and entertainment," Sumit Agnihotry, Acer America vice president of product marketing, explains in the press release. "The new Acer Aspire P3 Ultrabook makes touch computing even more powerful by providing customers with the responsive performance, fast boot times, and long battery life they want in a mobile PC. Plus, the form factor of the Acer P3 adds the productivity to ensure all-day usefulness beyond the fun in tablet mode."
According to Acer, its new Windows 8 convertible is immediately available and starts at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $799.99. The Acer Aspire P3 may not be the revolutionary convertible some expected, but its price definitely undercuts some of its rivals. Check out Acer's website for more details about the device, as well as information on where to find it.
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