Intel's vision of a perfect world is one in which Ultrabooks never breach the $1,000 mark. Actually, Intel's utopia involves ARM and AMD running off together and leaving the microprocessor market behind, as unrealistic as that might sound. What's not unrealistic is the idea of sub-$1,000 Ultrabooks, and Acer is proving as much with its $899 Aspire S.
Acer will become the first vendor to offer an Ultrabook below $1,000 when the Aspire S launches later this month, according to a report in CRN. More importantly for Intel (and fans of the Ultrabook concept in general), the $899 price tag could spark a price war and put the pressure on competitors to follow its lead.
"The low price sends a clear signal that Acer intends to compete with Asus for the opening price point," Deron Kershaw, a notebook analyst at Gap Intelligence, told CRN.
Acer's even undercutting its own price tag by selling the Aspire S in the U.S. for $200 less than what it's going for in Europe. There are different configurations available, but the one most likely to hit the $899 price point is the 13.3-inch Aspire S3 with an Intel Core i5 2467M processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, and a 320GB hard drive.