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Sony Vaio Shrinks to 11.6in to Rival MacBook Air

David Gilbert


Sony Vaio Y Series Shrinks to 11.6in to Rival MacBook Air

It seems as if there could be a trend of laptop makers moving towards the high performance netbook area following Sony’s announcement of an 11.6in version of its Vaio Y Series.

Following on from Apple’s release of an 11in version of the MacBook Air a few weeks ago, Sony has now jumped right into the mix with its very own scaled-down netbook. Whether it is called a netbook, notebook or laptop, Sony clearly believes there is going to be a market out there for small but powerful machines.

The Y Series was launched back in January with a 13.3in laptop but the new VPCYA19FJ/B model offers a respectable 1366 x 768 screen resolution. The scaled-down model is powered by an Intel Core i3-380UM processor running at 1.33GHz. There is 320GB of storage on the hard drive with between 2GB and 8GB of memory available. The new Y Series offers connectivity with Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11b/g/n, gigabit Ethernet and a HDMI port.

Users in Japan will be the first to get their mitts on this device on November 27 with no further release dates announced by Sony as of yet. Sony has also yet to announce a price point for the VPCYA19FJ/B model but it is almost certainly going to be less than the £849 price of the 11in version of the MacBook Air.

The Doctor

November 11, 2010, 4:11 pm

Funny, when I think of proper laptops with 11" screens the first that springs to mind is the old TZ series Vaio (the one that Steve said had too small a screen to be useful...)


November 11, 2010, 4:23 pm

This is great news. I've always thought the 13.3" was too big for me to be truly portable, and that the netbooks were too underpowered to be my 'only' machine.

Can someone tell me though, is the Intel Core i3-380UM chip in this Sony more or less powerful (versatile?) than the Macbook Air's Intel chip?


November 11, 2010, 4:23 pm

It's harsh to call the 11" Air a netbook, much less this with it's i3.

Fingers crossed the price is right as for me it's the perfect laptop size and my budget won't stretch to an Air.


November 11, 2010, 11:18 pm


This will be clocked at 1.3GHz and this chip doesn't feature Turbo Boost feature. Cinebench R10 score is 3546.The 1.4 GHz MBA gets 2967 and the upgraded 1.6GHz gets 3401. But assuming the Sony uses intel integrated graphics then the Nvidia 330 found in the MBA will be streets ahead. Plus the speed of the flash storage makes these machines seem a lot faster than they are.


November 12, 2010, 12:06 am

I'd still take a TZ over the macbook air anytime, better battery, better screen, and some of the models have nothing to envy in performance either, and we are talking about a machine released 3+ years ago, ah and did i mentioned the epic battery life? go hunt on ebay they go for less than 500 quids now.

James Simmons

November 12, 2010, 7:26 am

You say the Y-series is shrinking to compete with the MacBook Air; I say the Air shrunk to compete with the X505. You even reviewed it, so I'm surprised you are seemingly unaware of its existence - http://www.trustedreviews.c...


November 12, 2010, 7:28 am

BOFH - speaking as a Vaio TZ owner, I prefer the MacBook Air. The TZ kills the Air on battery life, but in every other respect (build quality, price, OS X ;), the materials used) the Air is a better system.


November 12, 2010, 7:43 pm


Both screens have same resolution. And is that the TZ with the Intel GMA950 graphics? Next ti useless in any laptop.


November 13, 2010, 3:53 am

@Hugo - I'm also a TZ owner and my love for sony ultraportables goes back to the TX1, I'll give the air the benefit of good looks, and decent build quality but its nowhere near as flexible apart from the battery you get expandability, yes you read right, expandability, if you want to tinker a little you can do anything from adding a blu-ray writer to make it capable of HD video playback with ease, as for its build quality, personally i find it superb nowhere near as stylish as the air but its a machine with class nevertheless

@Jayboy - The resolution is the same, but the quality of the screen is not, as for the GMA950 you can extend its capabilities if you don't mind tinkering as i mentioned above (I don't play games though so i can't really say how far, but enough to play HD videos without a hint of stuttering for sure).

Martin Daler

November 13, 2010, 3:09 pm

Odd that they are giving it the "TZ" moniker - kind of reminds me of the Acer 1810TZ, same screen size and resolution, capable dual core ULV processor, combined portability with all day battery life, HD video capability.

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