Sony VAIO TZ, SZ5, FZ and VAIO CZ Notebooks Coming this Summer

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According to forum members on this site with some inside knowledge, the Sony refresh of notebooks will be coming in July and includes a new 11.1" screen ultraportable VAIO TZ, 13.3" screen VAIO SZ5 and 15.4" screen VAIO FZ series. A widescreen 14" VAIO CR notebook is also rumored to come out at the same time.

Though details are thin, and pictures hard to come by, the following hard facts are known due to a spec sheet being leaked on a Sony Europe website product listing page:

  • Sony VAIO FZ Series:
    • VGNFZ11L 15.4WXGA T7100 2048MB 120GB GFX CAM
    • VGNFZ11M 15.4WXGA T7100 2048MB 120GB GFX CAM BT
    • VGNFZ11S 15.4WXGA T7100 2048MB 160GB GFX CAM BT
    • VGNFZ11Z 15.4WXGA T7300 2048MB 200GB BD GFX CAM
    • VGNFZ19VN 15.4WXGA T7100 2048MB 120GB CAM
  • Sony VAIO SZ5 Series (current SZ4 series refresh):
    • VGNSZ5MN/B 13.3WXGA T5600 2048MB 120GB GFX CAM
    • VGNSZ5VWN/X 13.3WXGA T7400 2048MB 200GB GFX CAM WAN
  • Sony VAIO TZ11 Series (current TX series refresh):
    • VGNTZ11MN/N 11.1WXGA U7500 1024MB 80GB CAM BT
    • VGNTZ11VN/X 11.1WXGA U7600 2048MB 100GB CAM BT CARBON
    • VGNTZ11XN/B 11.1WXGA U7500 2048MB 100GB CAM BT
  • Sony VAIO CZ Series – 13.3" screen with unknown specs, but launch date of July
  • Sony VAIO CR Series – 14" widescreen notebook with unknown specs, but launch date of July


A Sony FZ19 PDF spec sheet from a Sony German website with full specs for the upcoming FZ19 can be found here (partial screenshot below):


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You can see the FZ will use the new Intel Santa Rosa chipset and integrated X3100 graphics card. A picture of the upcoming VAIO FZ19 is pictured below:

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According to forum members that have seen the VAIO TZ ultraportable the following is true of the VAIO TZ:

"The new series will be called TZ and will feature a completely new chassis design and encorporate the Intel U7500 Core 2 Duo processor. Two models are to be offered initially, and in Europe they will be called TZ11-XN (with 11.1 widescreen display, integrated DVD-DL, 2GB of RAM, 100GB HD, WLAN a/b/g, fingerprint scanner and the welcome return to an integrated WebCam!). The second model is the TZ11-MN (same specifications apart from 80GB HD, 1GB RAM and no fingerprint scanner)

The design definitely looks more business-like, with all black including the keyboard on both models. Unfortunatley the TX port replicator is not compatible, but a compatible one will also available at launch…prices are expected to remain the same as current top and mid-range TX series.

No option for SSD drives will be available in the launch models of the TZ11, but expect them to become a cost option in later TZ revisions. The hard drive speed stays the same [4200RPM], but that’s more because of the limitations imposed by the 1.8" drives they use.

Keyboard – different. Good different. It’s a re-design, for sure, not the small step the T->TX->TXN’s were at all."

Unfortunately no public images exist of this notebook (yet).



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