Sony’s first Ultrabook-class laptop, the VAIO T Series, has been announced. The biggest model has a 13in LED-backlit LCD screen, though its resolution appears to be a rather basic 1366 x 768. A 11in version will also be available.
The Ultrabook has a “Rapid Wake” mode and power-saving sleep operation, which Sony says can last for up 90 days without losing any unsaved data (in case you are a very occasional user).
In general use, the claimed battery life on one charge is a maximum of nine hours for the purely solid state drive (SSD) models.
The T Series also offers a hybrid memory option of 32GB SSD and standard 320GB hard disk drives, but that of course will drain the battery quicker. The hybrids use Intel’s “Smart Response Technology” to maintain fast boot times and use SSD for cache memory.
Power saving is also aided by its Intel Ultra Low Voltage Core processor, though it’s a 1.4GHz i3-2367M Sandy Bridge type, rather than the newer Ivy Bridge kind. There’s 4GB of RAM on board.
The 13in model weighs 1.6Kg, measures 17.8mm in thickness and is clad in magnesium and aluminium. It has a button-free touchpad, which Sony says is large enough to offer “plenty of surface area for intuitive scroll, flick, pinch zoom and pivot gestures.”
Connections include HDMI, VGA, RJ45, two USB ports (2.0 and 3.0) as well as an SD/MMC card slot. There’s also a built-in 1.4 megapixel webcam and various audio technologies that aim to boost volume and sound quality.
The T Series is available in the UK from early June 2012 and expected to be priced from around £680.