According to Sony, the company's new VAIO Z and Y Series laptops are the world’s first out-of-the box laptops that act as a personal hotspot. Select models from both of these series feature a new Sony embedded wireless technology called Share My Connection, or SMC. Using SMC, your laptop can act as a mobile wireless access point for up to five other devices including other PCs, smartphones, MP3 players, or cameras. You'll need a subscription to use the new SMC feature.
Here's how Sony describes the new SMC feature and laptops:
A perfect built-in network solution for business travelers, those on-the-go or anyone looking to save some money by sharing a single network connection, Share My Connection is secure and lets you extend your connectivity with coworkers, friends, and family members.
The Z model offers premium portability and serious power. A breeze to carry at about 3.0 lbs, this PC features a durable carbon fiber and aluminum casing and delivers up to seven hours of battery life for true mobile freedom. It incorporates a 13.1-inch high-resolution LED backlit widescreen display, delivering a bright picture with 100 percent color saturation. The extremely thin unit also comes with an optical drive (Blu-ray optical drive optional).
Just in time for back-to-school season, the Y Series laptops comes in five new exciting colors including purple violet, fuchsia pink, pear green, teal blue and black. With a thin 1.2-inch profile and 13.3-inch LED backlit widescreen display, the sleek Y model offers lower power consumption for improved battery life for that active student lifestyle.
The VAIO Y Series and VAIO Z Series are now available for pre-sale at www.sony.com/SMC. The VAIO Y Series costs about $770 while the VAIO Z Series will run $1,950.