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Acer: $499 Ultrabooks in 2013

A year to get cheap... ish

Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook

Acer says it's going to cut Ultrabook prices. But you're going to have to wait until Q2 2012 for the skinny notebooks to become cheaper - and a year for them to get really low-cost.

Company president Jim Wong apparently said Acer will knock $100-200 (£64-128) off the $999 (£637) pre-tax price tag in the second quarter of 2012, DigiTimes reports.

Undoubtedly, that's a consequence of the introduction of Intel's 'Ivy Bridge' platform, developed to soup up Ultrabooks. Either Intel is set to knock the platform's price, or - more likely perhaps - the arrival of Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks will allow Acer and co. to reduce the price of existing, Sandy Bridge-based machines.

According to Wong, Ultrabooks will begin to go mass-market in 2012, paving the way for the price of the slimline systems to fall to $499 (£318) in 2013. ®

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