Acer Aspire P3 ultrabook/tablet combo isn’t Haswell


While Samsung has launched its new ATIV range in the UK this morning, Acer has released its latest ultrabook in Australia.

The new Acer Aspire P3 is an ultrabook/tablet combo powered by Windows 8 that is ultrabook one minute; standalone tablet the next.

It tablet mode, the P3 weighs a decent 790grams, expanding to 1.39kgs when you add in the ultrabook dock.

The dock itself contains only the Bluetooth wireless keyboard and stand. According to Acer, you’ll be able to pick up adapters that turn the microHDMI port into VGA for external monitors and another adapter to provide an RJ45 port for Ethernet connectivity.

Acer is rating the battery life at up to six hours – that rang alarm bells for us, given every other ultrabook or notebook release in recent weeks has talked about ’12 hour’ battery life.

Sure enough, looking deeper into the specs, there is one Aspire P3 available on the Acer Australian webstore and it features Intel’s 1.5GHz Core i5 3339Y chip – a previous-generation Ivy Bridge processor. According to Acer, the tablet comes with 2GB of RAM(!) and a 120GB solid-state hard drive.

Its 11.6-inch touchscreen panel is an I-PS (in-plane switching) type with 1366×768-pixel resolution.

In our view, the $1199 asking price is a bit much for what is essentially previous-generation hardware. We’d be far more interested in seeing something similar from Acer with Haswell on-board.

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