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Acer has become the most recent company to stamp the 'world's thinnest' moniker upon an Ultrabook release - Toshiba has already made that claim - launching the Aspire S5, which it reckons will also be the first Windows-based PC to feature a Thunderbolt port.

The Aspire S5 measures just 15mm at its thickest point, weighs less than 1.4kg and rocks up with a 13.3in display, just like its predecessor, the Aspire S3.

Acer Aspire S5

The big addition here is said Thunderbolt port, which has so far only materialised on Apple products. It pops out when the "MagicFlip I/O" panel is released, a flap at the back which also hosts an HDMI and a USB 3.0 port.

As with its newly announced Timeline siblings, the Ultrabook can wake in just 1.5 seconds using its "Instant On" technology, which ensures battery life lasts several weeks while in sleep mode too.

Then there's 'Always Connect', a feature to aid connectivity and social media updates. Acer Always Connect also allows users to wake the Aspire S5 from a remote device such as a smartphone.

The Acer S5 Ultrabook will roll out in Q2, however exact dates and prices have yet to be stated. ®

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