Portable computing is an area of technology that has exploded in the past five years. From the advent of netbooks, notebooks, tablets and even smartphones, the quality and power of the devices has grown steadily over the years, however one area above all others remains a sticking point – battery life.
The whole idea of portability should mean you don’t have to be connected to a power outlet in order to use the device. However this has not been the case in most instances and it is obviously with this in mind that Sony has launched the new Vaio S Series of 13.3in notebook PCs. While the internal lithium polymer battery provides power for up to seven hours (in Stamina mode), it is the availability of a secondary battery that really sets this series apart. The second lithium polymer battery, that can be charged separately, and added without removing the internal battery, attaches without having to switch off the PC, boosting stamina to up to 14 hours, Sony claims.
While toting around a second battery is not ideal, for many this solution will be a welcome power boost while on the road. Also helping battery life is the Dynamic Hybrid Graphic System which switches between the integrated GPU and the AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series card depending on what is required. Finally an ambient light sensor automatically reduces the screen’s brightness in darkened environments to further save battery life.
The Vaio S Series has a new “full flat” design cased in magnesium and aluminum for a premium feel, including the premium weight of 1.75kg with an overall thickness of just 24mm. Inside, the S Series comes with Core i5 processor, 500GB hard drive, 4GB of SDRAM, Windows 7, 3G WWAN, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, USB 2.0 and 3.0, integrated HD Exmor webcam and a feature called fast-boot which powers up Windows 7 50 percent faster than conventional notebooks.
We will be getting out hands on the S Series later today to see if it can live up to its claims and it will be available here in the UK from the end of March with pricing yet to be announced.