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.