IFA, Berlin: Sony has been pretty busy at IFA in Berlin this year. Yesterday it officially
It also managed to squeeze out a refreshed Sony Vaio S laptop
with a 15.5in screen and the Vaio L all-in-one PC with a 3D screen.
It was only last July when we reviewed the Vaio S, but the new version has increased in size and added a stunning HD
screen. We were impressed with the 1366 x 768 screen in the 13.3in model, but
Sony now offers the 15.5in Vaio S with a full 1920 x 1080-resolution HD panel,
seen most recently in the Vaio Z.
Other specs include second generation Sandy Bridge
processors inside, up to 6GB of DDR3 RAM, 750GB hard drive, AMD Radeon HD 6630M GPU
with 1GB of VRAM, USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, Blu-ray drive, HD webcam and a claimed
6hour battery life.
Sony is also offering an optional VGP-FL3D15A glasses-free
3D panel which will be available with models sporting a Blu-ray drive.
Face-detection technology is also employed to track the users head to give a
“satisfying 3D experience that’s always comfortable to watch.”
The 15.5in Vaio S will be available from October but we’re
awaiting UK pricing
from Sony – though with some serious specs available, we don’t imagine this
will be a budget model.
Next up is the Sony Vaio L, a 24in all-in-one
touchscreen PC with a 3D display. The screen has a resolution of 1,920 x 1080
and supports mutli-touch inputs so no need to use a mouse.
The Vaio L supports 3D content from its inbuilt Blu-ray
drive including movies and games, as well as content from 3D cameras. Of course
to see all this immersive 3D you’ll have to wear some active shutter glasses.
Inside, the Vaio L will be configurable with second
generation Intel Core processors, up to 8GB of DDR3 SDRAM, a 1TB hard drive, Nvidia
GeForce GT540M GPU with 1GB of VRAM. Connectivity wise there will be 2 x USB
3.0, a HDMI port, 3 x USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0 and WLAN 802.11b/g/n.
Again the Vaio L will be available in October and we’re
awaiting pricing from Sony.