It’s raining Ivy Bridge laptops these days. Not a day goes by without a PC vendor announcing the launch of a bunch of laptops featuring 3rd generation Intel Core i processors. The latest to do so is Sony, which has announced updates to both its VAIO S and Z laptop families.
The company seems especially proud of the new VAIO Z, which it touted as the “fastest ever notebook from Sony” in a press release. According to the company, the 2.6-pound VAIO Z owes that reputation to the fact that it combines 3rd generation Intel quad-core processors (select models) with third-generation SSD Flash RAID drives. Some models of this 17 mm-thick ultraportable laptop will come with a LightPeak-enabled Power Media Dock, featuring AMD Radeon HD 7670M, Blu-ray drive and extra USB 3.0 ports. Sony has also announced full HD displays and 3G/LTE connectivity, but they too will be restricted to certain models.
The Vaio Z is not the only laptop in the struggling Japanese electronics giant’s stable that’s getting the Ivy Bridge treatment. Sony has also announced a similar update to the Vaio S series. The new VAIO S family contains a 33.7cm (13.3”) S Series 13 laptop and a 39.5cm (15.5”) S Series 15 laptop.
According to Sony’s press release, these models have been crafted with mobility in mind: “Available in a choice of 33.7cm (13.3”) and 39.5cm (15.5”) screen sizes, the slim, full-flat design of VAIO S Series 13 and 15 slip easily into a travel bag for quick access whenever you need it. reads Sony’s press release. The series is elegantly styled in tough, weight-saving materials like magnesium, aluminium and carbon fibre (depends on model), with even S Series 15 models tipping the scales at below 2kg.”
All S series machines will feature a slot-in optical drive (Blu-ray Disc or DVD), backlit keyboard and a button-less touchpad with gesture control, whereas a new docking station with 500GB HDD and extended sheet battery will be optional.
This is what the press release had to say about S Series specs: “3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7 quad-core processors (on selected S Series 15 models) are partnered by optional SSD storage and powerful NVIDIA® GeForce® dynamic hybrid graphics to make light of your daily work and entertainment needs. Selected S Series help you stay even more productive on the move with high-speed LTE/3G WWAN mobile broadband.”
There’s no word on pricing and availability as yet, you can expect Sony to go ahead with the launch in the next month or so. In any case, we will keep you posted.