Sony discontinued their Z Series Ultrabooks™, much to the ire of PC professionals. Many believed Sony would focus on unique Windows 8 computers, such as the VAIO Duo Ultrabooks with the slider form factor, or possibly join the fray of tablet/laptop hybrid computers that have capacitive touchscreens and detachable keyboards. However, Sony returns to the roots of the Ultrabooks with the traditional clamshell form factor. Introducing the Sony VAIO Pro Ultrabooks.
The Sony VAIO Pro will be available in two screen sizes, an 11.6” model and a 13.3” model. Perhaps paying homage to their discontinued Z series, the Sony VAIO Pro will utilize a carbon fiber lid and an aluminum palm rest design. The result is an ultraportable weight of 1.92 pounds for the 11.6” model and 2.34 pounds for the 13.3” model.
Both models will feature Sony’s TRILUMINOS display, the same technology found in Sony’s top BRAVIA HDTV models. The TRILUMINOS display has a wider color range than most traditional Ultrabook displays, which allows the VAIO Pro to render reds, blues, and greens more accurately. In addition to the TRILUMINOS display, the VAIO Pro will employ Sony’s super-resolution picture engine, X-Reality™ for mobile. X-Reality for mobile analyzes each image by comparing each frame to its built-in database. This leads to the reduction of visual noise, replacement of corrupted pixels and correction of black levels to optimize quality.
While the TRILUMINOS display of the VAIO Pro will provide vibrant color and deep black levels, that’s not all it will do. The TRILUMINOS displays on both the VAIO Pro 11.6” and 13.3” models are also capacitive touchscreens, so you’ll be able to utilize the multi-touch gestures built into Windows 8. Both models will feature Full HD 1920 x 1080 native resolution, so you’ll be able to play Full HD 1080p content natively, as well as in-plane switching (IPS) technology for wider viewing angles. You’ll also have an option to output video to an external display via the HDMI port. Dual USB 3.0 ports and a Secure Digital (SD) media card reader are also available on both models despite their lithe form factor.
Unique to the 13.3” VAIO Pro model, Sony has announced that it will include a PCIe solid-state drive, which allows for faster performance than traditional solid-state drives. The smaller form factor of the PCIe solid-state drive also contributes to the ultraportable weight of the 13.3” VAIO Pro model.
The Sony VAIO Pro Ultrabooks will feature Intel’s fourth-generation “Haswell” Intel Core i5 or i7 processors for low-voltage, high performance. When combined with the optional extended sheet battery Sony is offering, the 11.6” VAIO Pro model can deliver up to 14 hours of battery life, while the 13.3” VAIO Pro model will provide up to 13 hours of battery life. Please note that these battery times are with the optional extended sheet battery and may vary for you.
Both the 11.6” and 13.3” models of the Sony VAIO Pro Ultrabook will be available beginning June 9th of this year. They’ll be available in Carbon Black and Carbon Silver color schemes.
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