New Sony VAIO Z Ultraportable Revealed
Sony’s much-anticipated VAIO Z ultraportable notebook has been uncovered. It features a 13-inch hi-res screen, a Core i7 processor, and an external graphics card. The VAIO Z’s 13.1-inch screen has a 1600×900 resolution; Sony offers an upgrade to a 1920×1080 screen. The display has an anti-glare coating.
The VAIO Z weighs in at 2.7 pounds (1.2kg) and is made partly from carbon fiber. Sony rates it for up to seven hours of life on its li-poly battery; the optional add-on battery doubles the battery life. The notebook’s most interesting feature is the Power Media Dock, which is essentially an external graphics card. It houses an AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics card with 1GB of its own memory. The dock also features a USB 3.0 port plus other USB 2.0 ports, VGA, HDMI, and a Blu-ray or DVD slot.
Technical specifications of the VAIO Z include an Intel Core i7 dual-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The notebook’s onboard graphics are integrated Intel HD. Embedded 3G WWAN is optional.
Pricing and Availability
Current UK pricing puts the VAIO Z starting at about $2,300; the base model has a Core i5 dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and does not include the Power Media Dock ($640 extra without a Blu-ray/DVD drive). The VAIO Z is currently scheduled to ship in Europe by August. US availability and pricing has not been confirmed.