Sony announced new CPU options for its S Series of laptops. The 13-inch and 15-inch S Series models now offer the newest generation of Intel Core processors with Core i7 options. The S Series features Hybrid Graphics (AMD Radeon HD 6470M or AMD Radeon HD 6630M), optical drives (including Blu-ray Disc options), backlit keyboards, options for solid state drives, and QUAD RAID 0 technology. The 13-inch S Series starts at $799 while the 15-inch models start at $979. Both 13- and 15-inch models will be available in early February.
Sony also refreshed its E Series with the latest 2nd generation Intel Core processors and four color options. The E Series is available in 14- and 15-inch sizes and starts at $499 and $459, respectively. In addition to refreshing the S Series line with new CPU options, Sony also added a Carbon Silver color option for the VAIO Z Series laptop.
SONY UNVEILS NEW COLOR FOR THE VAIO® Z SERIES AND REFRESHES SELECT MODELS FOR SPRING SEASON
SAN DIEGO, January 23, 2012 – Sony today announces the availability of a new Carbon Silver color for the VAIO® Z Series laptop and a variety of updated models with new CPU options and enhancements.
New Color and technology for the Z Series
The updated Z Series with the new option of Carbon Silver is added to the existing choices of Carbon Black, Carbon Gold, and Premium Carbon Black. Also available is optional LTE mobile broadband built-in, supporting 4G data service. With the latest 2nd generation Intel® processors ranging from Intel Core™ i5 and higher and RAID 0 solid state drives, the Z Series continues Sony’s efforts to offer users advanced performance and design that fits their mobile lifestyles. Starting at $1949.99, the Z Series includes the Power Media Dock™ drive, ideal for the business user in need of additional ports or external displays.
New CPU’s for the S Series Laptops
The S Series continues to offer performance mobility and all around excellence since its debut last year. The 13” and 15” inch models feature everything students and performance minded users need including standard voltage processors, Hybrid Graphics, optical drives (Blu-ray Disc™ options as well), backlit keyboards and the VAIO, ASSIT and WEB hardware buttons for launching Media Gallery™ software, VAIO Care™ support software and access to the web without full boot-up Windows®, all with a touch of a button. In addition, options for solid state drives on both the 13” and 15” S Series laptops include 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB and feature QUAD RAID 0 technology for enhanced performance.
With the newest generation of Intel® Core™ processors now available, the S Series features updated CPU’s on the 13” and 15” models both available with up to Core i7, delivering even more performance automatically when users need it most.
Hybrid Graphics and IPS Technology for S Series
The S Series includes Hybrid Graphics with either an AMD Radeon HD 6470M (512MB VRAM) or AMD Radeon HD 6630M (1GB VRAM), providing flexibility between performance and maximum battery life. The 15” will come standard with a 15.5” Full HD display (1920 x 1080) with IPS technology for improved image quality and viewing angles.
When coupled with the advanced large-capacity optional sheet battery, users can stay mobile and unplugged for up to 12 hours while also offering a thin battery profile. Intelligent charging enables VAIO® S Series users to charge the optional sheet battery separately from the PC and attach it to the system at any time without shutting down for maximum flexibility.
The 13” S Series will start at $799. The 15” S Series will start at $979 and includes the Full HD display and Intel Core i5 processor. Both 13” and 15” models will be available starting early February.
New CPU’s for E Series
Ideal for students and everyday users, the refreshed E Series is now available with the latest 2nd generation Intel Core processors and in four colors including Glacier White, Charcoal Black, Midnight Blue and Blush Pink with a unique textured design. Available in 14” and 15” inch sizes, the E Series also features Intel® Wireless Display for select models, VAIO, ASSIST and WEB hardware buttons, optional keyboard skins and optional dedicated NVIDIA® graphics with up to 1GB VRAM. Pricing starts at $499 for the 14” series and $459 for the 15” series.
Software updates to all Series
In addition to a new Z Series color and refreshed CPUs, the Sony VAIO team also updated some software. With the updated Media Gallery™ 2.0, users will experience a new look and feel including new features for popular social networking services. The S Series will come with the update already installed and is available for users to download for other models. Also included is the Music Unlimited promotion, providing 180 days of Music Unlimited basic service for free for first time users. The F Series laptop and L Series All-in-One come preloaded with Sony Imagination Studio™ Multimedia Edition, a collection of audio and video editing software, including the award winning Sony Vegas® Movie Studio HD.