Sony today introduced the VAIO Pro 11, an 11.6-inch Ultrabook laptop, and the VAIO Pro 13, a 13.3-inch touch Ultrabook. Sony claims that both of these Ultrabooks are the “world’s lightest” in their categories and perfect for the mobile professional or student who requires premium performance in a light-yet-durable design. In addition, the next evolution of Sony’s slider hybrid PC, the VAIO Duo 13, features an improved design and pen solution for taking notes directly on the screen.
Sony Technologies At Work
Sony leveraged its heritage of delivering TVs with great picture quality, and the new VAIO Pro and VAIO Duo lines feature Full HD (1920 x 1080) displays. The TRILUMINOS Display for mobile technology recreates natural colors in the new VAIO Pro and Duo thanks to a wider color range that renders reds, blues, and greens more accurately. In addition to TRILUMINOS Display for mobile, the new VAIO PCs employ Sony’s picture engine, X-Reality for mobile. X-Reality for mobile reduces visual noise creating sharper videos.
Meanwhile, the Exmor R CMOS Sensor technology developed by Sony provides high-quality camera functionality and Sony’s ClearAudio+ technology provides a louder and clearer sound with dynamic bass and clear highs with less distortion.
The VAIO Pro models are extremely light. The VAIO Pro 11 is “the world’s lightest 11.6-inch Ultrabook laptop” and Pro 13 is “the world’s lightest 13.3-inch touch Ultrabook,” weighing just 1.92 lbs. and 2.34 lbs., respectively. The VAIO Pro line features a carbon fiber chassis and includes an aluminum palm rest design.
The VAIO Pro 13 is the first notebook PC on the market to include a standard high speed PCIe SSD drive, allowing for faster performance than traditional SSD drives. For the road warrior, there is also an optional extended sheet battery in order to double the standard battery life for both the VAIO Pro 11/13 models. With the sheet battery, the VAIO Pro 11 model will deliver up to 14 hours while the VAIO Pro 13 model will deliver up to 13 hours of battery life.
With the new fourth generation of Intel Core processors, the VAIO Pro and Duo PCs will be available with up to Core i7.
Transforming between a touchscreen slate and a fully functioning conventional laptop, the all new VAIO Duo 13 slider hybrid Ultrabook is sleeker and now encased in carbon fiber with a weight of just 2.93 lbs. While increasing the screen size and minimizing the bezel in order to maximize the viewing experience, the new VAIO Duo 13 is still able to maintain nearly the same footprint and weight as the original VAIO Duo 11.
The new “Surf Slider” design features a slimmer hinge allowing for a quick transition between tablet and laptop modes. With one hand, users can slide the screen back to reveal a full-sized backlit keyboard and track pad. Returning the VAIO Duo 13 to its original position lets users interact with the device in tablet mode by touch or with the pressure-sensitive digitizer stylus.
Camera and Pen solutions
VAIO Duo PC’s 8-megapixel rear-facing camera features the Exmor RS for PC image sensor combined with the new CamScanner application that enables users to take images of documents using the computer’s camera as if it were a scanner and edit and organize multiple documents. CamScanner also has the ability to straighten images of documents and photos taken at odd angles, allowing individuals to focus on taking photos of important material instead of lining up the perfect shot.
Conveniently stored on the side of the PC, the digitizer stylus allows for a natural writing experience. Simply pick up the pen from its holder and instantly wake the PC to write, draw or tap the touchscreen. Users can take notes in the memo taking application, Note Anytime for VAIO, or easily crop an image with Active Clip using intelligent edge detection technology.
No Such Thing As Sleep
VAIO Duo PC’s standby mode is different than what is found on conventional PCs. By maintaining a constant connection to the internet even while in sleep mode, the VAIO Duo 13 is able to continue updating applications and receiving emails even while asleep, eliminating the need to wait for the PC to resume. In addition, the VAIO Duo 13 is able to wake from sleep mode in less than a second but will still deliver up to 10 hours of battery life.
Full-Featured Standard Features
The VAIO Pro and VAIO Duo models include standard full-size backlit and full-pitch keyboard, track pad and instant PC resume technology. Also included is USB charging of personal devices even when the computer is powered down or in sleep mode. In addition, there is a USB charging port housed within the AC adapter.
With NFC (Near Field Communication technology) included in all of the new summer 2013 VAIO models, users can now quickly exchange website URLs and enable Bluetooth connections by simply tapping a compatible NFC device to the new VAIO Pro and VAIO Duo PCs.
Also included with both the VAIO Pro and VAIO Duo lines is ArtRage Studio (VAIO Duo includes ArtRage Studio Pro). ArtRage Studio offers painting tools such as oil paints and watercolors, along with utilities to make painting easier regardless of skill level. For those that want to try their hand at video creation, the VAIO Pro and VAIO Duo lines now include VAIO Movie Creator.
The VAIO Pro 11/13 models come with one-year limited warranties that includes in-home service and VAIO Care software. By pressing the ASSIST button users can install and uninstall new software and drivers, quickly identify and troubleshoot issues, create restore and recovery media, and connect with a Sony expert via phone, chat or online. For additional extended coverage, VAIO Protection Plus offers protection against accidental damage from handling, an onsite service plan and express ship coverage.
Pricing and Availability
The VAIO Pro 11/13 models are available beginning June 9 in Carbon Black and Carbon Silver for an MSRP of $1149 and $1249. The VAIO Duo 13 model is available beginning June 9 in Carbon Black and Carbon White for $1399. Both lines are available at Sony retail stores and other authorized dealers nationwide.