Sony Malaysia today launched its latest line of VAIO laptops for its 2013 lineup. Featuring the iconic VAIO design with clean lines and impressive build quality, the new VAIO lineup is headlined by the new VAIO Duo 13 hybrid PC and the world’s lightest Ultrabook, the VAIO Pro 13/11.
In addition, the new VAIO laptops also cater for the entertainment-centric and the budget-oriented, with the new VAIO Fit and Fit E range. With discrete graphics options and with prices starting from a mere RM1599, Sony’s 2013 VAIO lineup is a very interesting proposition for every walk of life.
The new VAIO Duo 13 – which was unveiled at Computex 2013 – builds on the first-generation VAIO Duo 11, with an improved and revamped Surf Slider mechanism. The display has also been enlarged to a 13.3-inch Full HD OptiContrast touch display powered by the Triluminos Display for Mobile and X-Reality for Mobile engines, and Sony bundles in a digitizer stylus together with the hybrid PC, which can be used as a tablet as well as an Ultrabook.
Powered by the latest fourth-gen Intel Core i5-4200U 1.6GHz processor with the new Intel HD Graphics 4400, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD storage, the new VAIO Duo 13 also sports tablet-centric hardware, such as an 8MP Exmor RS for PC rear camera, a Full HD Exmor R for PC webcam, NFC, as well as volume controls and unlock buttons on the sides of the device. In addition, Sony packs in plenty of audio enhancements on the hybrid PC, such as ClearAudio+, xLOUD, and S-FORCE Front Surround 3D. The VAIO Duo 13 is impressively thin and light, too, at only 9.2mm thin and 1.325kg.
Not to be done, the new VAIO Pro Ultrabooks proudly bears the title of the lightest Ultrabooks in their class, at 0.87kg and 1.06kg for the 11-inch and 13-inch variants respectively. Inspired by the VAIO Z series of old, the VAIO Pro laptops – which were also announced back at Computex 2013 – are powered by up to an Intel Core i7-4500U 1.8GHz chip with 4GB of RAM, and all sport NFC as well as Full HD OptiContrast touch displays, with similar Triluminos and X-Reality for Mobile engines as the VAIO Duo 13. Depending on configurations, the carbon fibre VAIO Pro can be fitted with up to a 256GB SSD, while the built-in battery is slated for 8.5 hours of use (7.5 for the VAIO Pro 11). Also, like the VAIO Z before it, there is an optional sheet battery add-on that doubles the battery life for each device.
For the mainstream consumer, Sony’s latest VAIO Fit and Fit E lineup offer discrete graphics and the convenience of a DVD burner. The VAIO Fit 14-inch laptops sport sleek brushed aluminium bodies, and feature slightly better hardware, with up to a third-generation Intel Core i7-3537U processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT735M GPU, NFC, as well as 8GB NAND cache memory on its hybrid hard drives. The 14-inch displays also sport a sharper 1600 x 900 resolution and above it sits the 720p Exmor R for PC webcam. The 2.2kg VAIO Fit 14 also has a battery that is good for up to 4.5 hours of use.
Finally, there is the VAIO Fit E series. Built with the budget-oriented in mind, the Fit E laptops come with both standard and touch-enabled displays, discrete and integrated-only graphics, as well as the basic Intel Pentium Processor 987 chip on one of the models. Some of the Fit E laptops also do not come with NFC, a feature that Sony is placing heavy emphasis on across its range of products. However, every Fit E laptop comes with Windows 8 as standard, and the battery is slated for 4 hours of use.
Here’s a full breakdown of every VAIO PC that was announced today, with every price and configuration available:
We’ve got a brief hands on with the new VAIO devices, so stay tuned! In the meantime, head on to Sony Malaysia’s website for more about the new VAIO lineup.