In contrast to the Aspire R7, the P3 is basically a reworking of the Iconia W700 tablet from last year, only with a shell that makes the result very similar to Microsoft’s Surface Pro with its own variant of the Type Cover. There are a few immediately notable differences, however, like the standard 1366x768 resolution instead of 1080p—but thankfully the panel technology is still IPS. The Aspire P3 comes with either a Core i3 or i5 processor, 2GB or 4GB RAM, and a 60GB or 120GB SSD.

The weight of the tablet is 790g (1.74 lbs.) while the keyboard cover nearly doubles the total weight with an additional 600g (1.32 lbs.), so the whole tablet/Ultrabook ends up being somewhat heavy at 1.39kg (3.06 lbs.) The tablet portion measures 295.4mm x 190.7mm x 9.95mm (11.63” x 7.51” x 0.39”), and the keyboard cover is slightly wider and taller and adds another 9.8mm to the thickness. Other aspects include a 40Wh battery that’s good for up to six hours of battery life, 720p front-facing camera, 5MP rear-facing camera, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, micro HDMI, and a single full-size USB 3.0 port.

The base model P3 is available immediately with an MSRP of $800, so again this is very much a Surface Pro alternative. I would assume the $800 model comes with a 60GB SSD, 2GB RAM, and a Core i3 CPU. Acer doesn’t list an MSRP for the higher spec model, but $1000+ would seem likely.

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  • SetiroN - Saturday, May 04, 2013 - link

    How did it take so long to turn the stupid W700 layout into something decent, only they know.
    Does the keyboard include additional battery and storage? It's awfully thick and heavy to be just a cover, but I'm failing to identify an electrical connection between the two parts in those pictures.
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  • tonystark1k - Thursday, May 09, 2013 - link

    Another hybrid model to launch in May is the Hummingbird PX103 -- a "Transformer style" 10-inch device with impressive features for a mid-range tablet... which offers a hard cover with reversable built in keyboard, and features a Rockchip Quad Core processor, HD 1280x800 IPS screen, Bluetooth, HDMI, Dual Cameras, a 7000 mAh battery, Android 4.2.2 and Google Play... it offers a thin 9.6mm profile and weighs in 1.4lbs... and is priced at $239 with more details available at a site called Tablet Sprint -- Reply
  • markoseos - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    This new invention looks good with the details and other ways like this. I can apply for some features like: Reply
  • Taristin - Saturday, May 04, 2013 - link

    All of these new tablet form factor PC's and only the most select few offering pressure sensitive pen input. Such a shame. I know it's a niche market but there are a lot of us who would love an affordable art tablet. Reply
  • Roland00Address - Saturday, May 04, 2013 - link

    2gb of Ram on an 800 dollar tablet is criminal. This ram is not a soc chip, it is merely a soldered sodimm Reply
  • tonystark1k - Thursday, May 09, 2013 - link

    Another hybrid model to launch in May is the Hummingbird PX103 -- a "Transformer style" 10-inch device with impressive features for a mid-range tablet... which offers a hard cover with reversable built in keyboard, and features a Rockchip Quad Core processor, HD 1280x800 IPS screen, Bluetooth, HDMI, Dual Cameras, a 7000 mAh battery, Android 4.2.2 and Google Play... it offers a thin 9.6mm profile and weighs in 1.4lbs... and is priced at $239 with more details available at a site called TabletSprint -- Reply
  • localnomad - Thursday, May 30, 2013 - link

    Hi Jarred,
    Thank's for the article.
    I'm looking forward to the Apple version of Acer Aspire P3 There is a mockup on youtube since 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDfK7GyFObU
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