Aaron Lee, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Monday 26 September 2011]
Acer and Asustek Computer are expected to each have monthly shipments of 200,000 ultrabooks in the fourth quarter as the two players have been aggressively pushing the new devices in the IT market, according to sources from upstream component makers.
Acer's 13.3-inch Aspire S3 ultrabooks, manufactured by Wistron and Compal Electronics, have already started selling in Hong Kong and Finland with prices at EUR799-1,199 (US$1,071-1,608).
With Acer featuring its latest power saving technology – Acer Green Instant On – in the Aspire S3, its battery is capable of running for 50 days in standby mode, while reboot only takes 1.5-6 seconds to complete.
Asustek is set to announce its 11.6-inch UX21 and 13.3-inch UX31 ultrabooks on October 11 with prices rumored to be set at EUR799 for the UX21 and US$999-US$1,199 for the UX31
As for others, Lenovo and Toshiba are both set to mass produce their ultrabooks by the end of the fourth quarter or early first-quarter 2012, while Hewlett-Packard (HP) is also set to mass produce its devices in early 2012. Dell currently still has not yet expressed its willingness to join the ultrabook market.