Acer updates Aspire S3 and S7 Ultrabooks with Haswell CPU

Acer has swapped Ivy Bridge CPUs for Haswell ones to power its latest Aspire S7 and Aspire S3 Ultrabooks, an announcement that coincides with the current Computex event being held in Taiwan.

Other major improvements include a slightly different design with a new unibody aluminium enclosure (with Corning's Gorilla Glass on top), an altered cooling design, a new keyboard layout, better battery life and a 13in WQHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) IPS touch-capable display that can be found in Asus' Zenbook Infinity and Toshiba's Kirabook. The new S7 – which is a mere 13mm thick - will be available in July onwards for roughly the same price of the original Aspire S7.

As for the S3, it also underwent a massive chassis redesign with aluminium being incorporated, a step that increased its weight to 1.67Kg. Other features include a 13in full HD IPS touch-capable display plus a hybrid storage solution consisting of a small SSD and a large hard disk drive.

The Aspire S3 will come with an optional GeForce GT 735M GPU rather than going Intel's way with a Crystalwell Haswell GT3e model. Like its big brother, the new S3 will ship in July but have a much lower price point (£1,250 vs. £850)