This one has had me itching, just to talk about it, and finally, here goes: Sony has three new laptops straight out of Computex 2013. First off, the Ultrabooks. Sony calls the VAIO pro 11 “the lightest 11.6-inch ultrabook”, weighing in at 1.92 lbs. then goes on to say the exact same, but for the 13.3-inch model that weighs 2.34 lbs. Both laptops sport 1920 x 1080p HD displays, called Triluminous displays, noted for their intense color qualities and contrasts.
Battery life for the Pro 11 is rated at 14 hours and life for he Pro 13 is rated at 13 hours (ironically). Going for exclusive features, the VAIO Pro 13 comes with a high speed PCIe SSD drive, which gives it a speed boost against other similar SSD designs. Both come with a range of Sony apps that assist with creation and also come with ClearAudio+ technology, which is supposed to enhance audio.
The Vaio Duo 13 hybrid computer also runs Windows 8, but sports a slightly different set of user inputs. It weighs 2.93 lbs., is incased in carbon fiber, sports NFC, Haswell processors, a variety of Sony apps for videos and photos, plus an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera. Sony is also boasting that its hinge design allows for easy transition between normal laptop and tablet modes, through simple sliding of the screen.
Of course, the most important spec in this day in age is really the processor, and all of the new VAIO PCs have fourth-generation Intel Haswell chips, the Pro 11 and Pro 13 supporting up to a Core i7. The VAIO Pro 11 will retail for $1149 and the Pro 13 for $1249 — both come in Carbon Black or or Carbon Silver. Meanwhile, the VAIO Duo 13 will go for $1399, in the same colors.
Hopefully Sony’s summer catalog of VAIO PCs will be just as exciting as they might be on paper. Otherwise, we have another set of refreshed laptops, rather than new exciting innovations, something Sony is well-versed in. It’s really hard not to be interested in these laptops.
Press release and more images, after the break.