Sony has launched its latest ultra-portable laptop in the Vaio S Series, which will be going head-to-head with the recently released Lenovo ThinkPad X1.
The latest Sony Vaio S Series laptop is boasting a battery life of 15 hours but that is of course only when you partner it with a sheet battery - and with SSD configurations. The new SA Series comes encased in a magnesium-and-aluminum alloy and comes in burnished brown, jet black or platinum silver. Measuring only 24mm in height and weighing 1.7kg, the SA Series boasts some impressive specs. The SA model comes with Intel’s second generation Core i7 processor and combined with a AMD Radeon HD 6630 1GB Hybrid Graphics card (select models), it should provide enough grunt on the move for most users. Also included is a 13.3in display with a resolution of 1600 x 900, a 500GB HDD, fingerprint reader and Blu-ray drive. There is also the option to upgrade to a dual channel SSD, which as we said will improve battery time further. Starting at $1,350 and going up to $1,650 for an SSD-touting model, the SA Series ain’t cheap.
Also launched today is the Vaio SB series which comes at a lower price but as you’d expect also with less impressive specs. For $999 you’ll get 512MB of video RAM (compared to 1GB with the SA), a 1366 x 768 resolution display, DVD player and a Core i5 Sandy Bridge processor – though it is possible to upgrade to the more powerful i7 processor. And just in case you don’t like the classy-looking burnished brown or platinum silver of the SA series, then you can get the SB series in pink or navy.
"Users these days want a laptop that will last for hours without charging, is small and light enough to carry around with you but doesn't sacrifice any of the performance and power that you'd find in a full-sized PC," said Mike Lucas, senior vice president of Networked Technology and Services Division at Sony Electronics. "You can fly nonstop from Los Angeles to Tokyo or attend a full day of classes on just one charge with this S Series laptop when combined with the optional sheet battery."
Source: Sony Style