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Sony Z-Series Leaked


Sony Z-Series Leaked

We've known for a short while that Sony's notebook range has been hankering for a refresh, and with Centrino 2 launching within the next week we're not surprised to see details surfacing of just such an update. Dubbed the Z-series, the new systems have been leaked to Notebook Review in a very helpful German image form (so I can't even copy and paste into Google Translate!) but here's what we can decipher as featured.

The Z-series will boast 13.1ni LED backlit screens with either a 1,366 x 768 or a 1,600 x 900 resolution, which even the most numerically-incapable of you should realise is a 16:9 aspect ratio - a trick we've seen before both with the Gemstone Blue range, and of course Sony's own Vaio TZ. Like the SZ-series they look set to replace (or at least slot beneath), the Zs pack optical drives and dual graphics chips - allowing users to swap between integrated or dedicated solution as needed.

The core specs are as follows:

* Intel Core 2 Duo processor

* Intel Centrino 2 platform

* 4GB DDR2 800MHz

* nVidia GeForce 9300M GS or GeForce 9600M GS and Intel integrated graphics (hybrid graphics chips.)

* 200GB or 320GB hard drive

* Draft-N Wireless

* Carbon chassis

* HSDPA (up to 7.2Mbit)

As if that wasn't enough, there are also an HDMI and VGA outputs, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a docking station connector (the dock itself undoubtedly sold separately) and an ExpressCard slot. All told, the Z-series looks set to be a perfect rival to the MacBook you-know-what.

Pricing isn't confirmed, but we expect it to sit in the £1,500 region, based on the specs. Hopefully we can grab some official details of Sony soon!




July 12, 2008, 1:20 am

I had thought that Penryn chips had already shipped, so whats the big deal? I hear that integrated graphics versions of Centrino 2 arent being launched Monday, but August, in order to get the bugs out. I hope that Intel graphics improve because the previous 3 revisions, IMO, were broken.


July 12, 2008, 11:36 am

Got to sneak a peak at the vgnz570. And while its a beautiful piece of machine, its not without its drawbacks.


13.1 Widescreen



glare/scratch resistant xbrite screen

2.53 ghz (montevina!)

120 gb hdd

nvidia 9300

hdmi out

2 usb




sd and produo reader

dvd/cd RW (upgradable to be blu-ray)

3 gb ram (upgradable to 4)

5 hour avg


July 12, 2008, 12:18 pm

All the information about the new models (including the Z) will be announced by Sony on Tuesday afternoon (the 15th), at a press conference in Berlin. There is a countdown to the event - which will be streamed live - here: http://club.vaio.sony.co.uk...


July 12, 2008, 6:07 pm

But I thought there were issues with Nvidia notebook graphics parts. Is this a new one? Check out this Yahoo story entitled, "Your laptop's Nvidia graphics card: Busted", at http://tinyurl.com/5mxsyq.

The Pope

July 12, 2008, 8:40 pm

You mean this story?



July 12, 2008, 9:39 pm

The affected nvidia cards are only 8400M and 8600M. The new Z will feature a 9300M (or9600M depending on source/model), so they should not be affected.

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