Sony just added a new model to its Vaio S Series laptop line, a 15.5-inch notebook with a Full HD 1080p display. It's less than an inch thick and constructed with magnesium and aluminum materials to keep the laptop light and nimble at just 4.4 pounds. Sony claims it made performance a "top priority," hence an Intel Core i7 foundation, though it doesn't come at the expense of battery life, which Sony rates at up to 12 hours (albeit with an optional sheet battery).
"We're proud to announce a new addition to the VAIO S Series family. The 15.5" S Series adds a Full HD display and backlit 10-key numeric pad to increase productivity while maintaining a thin and lightweight profile," said Mike Lucas, senior vice president of Networked Technology and Services Division at Sony Electronics. "You can fly nonstop from Los Angeles to New York and back, or attend a full day of classes on just one charge with this S Series laptop when combined with the optional sheet battery."
Sony isn't getting real specific with the spec sheet just yet, but does mention the inclusion of AMD Radeon HD 6630 hybrid graphics on select models, HD webcam powered by Exmor, Intel Wireless Display 2.1, solid state drive options, quad RAID support up to 1TB, and one-touch Vaio, Assist, and Web buttons.
The new 15.5-inch model will be available in October starting at $1,000 (add $150 for the sheet battery). In addition, Sony is refreshing its 13.3-inch S Series laptops with the latest second generation Intel Core processors, and those will be available starting October 2, 2011.