Sony Shows Off New Vaio Notebooks, First Ultrabook Model

Paul Lilly

Showing up fashionably late to the Ultrabook party is Sony, which is just now unveiling its first Vaio model in Intel's high-performance, ultraportable category of laptops. The Vaio T, as it's called, is a 13.3-inch Ultrabook with a flat brushed aluminum design and magnesium chassis. Sony also unveiled a number of other Vaio notebook models, but let's take a closer look at the Vaio T before moving on.

Combining the Ultrabook form factor with Sony's Vaio nomenclature sounds like a recipe for a wallet-busting price tag, but surprisingly, the Vaio T starts at a relatively affordable $770. The baseline model ships with an Intel Core i5 3317U processor (1.7GHz / 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost), Intel HD 4000 graphics, 320GB hard drive + 32GB MLC, 4GB DDR3-1333 RAM, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Not too shabby for a 13.3-inch model.

Moving on, Sony also unveiled its Vaio E Series featuring a new wrap-around design. These are available in 11.6-inch, 14-inch, and 15.5-inch form factors, the smallest of which features an AMD processor inside. The rest are built around Intel's 2nd Generation Core processors (Sandy Bridge), and all of them ship with discrete Radeon graphics. Pricing starts at $500.

Next up is the Vaio S Series available in 13.3-inch and 15.5-inch form factors. These purportedly offer the "best combination of mobility and performance" with standard voltage Ivy Bridge processors, Nvidia graphics, HDD and SSD options, and slot-load optical drives (Blu-ray optional). Pricing starts at $900.

Finally, there's the Vaio Z series starting at $1,600. These laptops are designed for "multi-tasking business professionals" and include a glossy carbon fiber Z Series Anniversary chassis to celebrate the Vaio line's 15th anniversary.

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