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Acer slaps a $1,499 price tag on first Aspire S7 Ultrabook to use Intel Haswell CPUs

Acer’s new line of Aspire S7 Ultrabook laptops will start at $1,499.99 [£970] as the company brings in the first line of machines to use Intel’s new CPUs.

The S7-392 is the first Acer machine to run on Intel’s fourth-generation Core Haswell CPU after the previous models had offered Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs.

Acer is releasing two different options with the S7-392-6832 packing a Core i5-4200U processor and a 128GB SSD, and has a price of $1,499.99 [£970]. The more powerful of the two is the S7-392-9890 with a Core i7-4500U CPU and a double-sized 256GB SSD, the price rising to $1,699.99 [£1,100].

Both laptops come with the RAM doubled to 8GB from the S7-391’s 4GB, a new unibody aluminium enclosure that has Corning’s Gorilla Glass on top of it, a revised keyboard layout, more effective cooling thanks to Acer’s Twin Air Cooling technology and support for Wireless Display [WiDi].

The 13.3in 1,920 x 1,080 IPS touchscreen is less than the 2,560 x 1,440 one mentioned at Computex but all the other specifications from June’s show stay the same.

Acer has, for the moment, decided not to release an 11.6in screen version of the Aspire S7 Ultrabook and consumers can still pick the original one up for a bargain £800 until 17 October. Anyone that decides to purchase it will benefit from a dual-core Intel Core i5-3317U processor clocked a 1.7GHz with a Turbo Boost speed of 2.6GHz and 3MB cache.

In addition the model comes with a touchscreen 1,920 x 1,080 display, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, two USB 3.0 ports, Wi-Fi, Windows 8 and various other features.

The company is still yet to price up the new entry-level Aspire S3 Ultrabook that was also unveiled at Computex and will do so in the coming weeks.