Today Sony unveiled the 13.3-inch VAIO S Series laptop line, similar to the C Series line announced on Feb. 22, but there are key differences with these smaller-sized notebooks. Sony did not mention a second generation Intel Core i7 processor option with the C Series models, but they will officially be available in this line, along with Core i5 and Intel Turbo Boost 2.0. Select models will have a 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6630 graphics card like the select VAIO C Series models, and will have a few similar built-in features.
This line of notebooks will not be available in neon colors like the C Series, but they will be available in normal black and white. All will include a lithium polymer battery and an optional high-capacity sheet battery tested by Sony to provide up to 15 hours of mobile battery power for an extra $150. This optional battery can be charged separately and attached to the notebook while it is powered on. Another option is the dual-channel RAID 0 solid state drive with select models.
Just like the C Series, the S Series will have built-in quick launch buttons: the VAIO, Assist and Web buttons; which will launch media, VAIO Care and the default browser, respectively.
These models also feature backlit keyboards and an Exmor sensor with face-tracking technology built into the camera. Select models will include Blu-ray drives.
The Sony VAIO S Series laptops will be available for pre-sale today from the Sony online store starting at $970.