VAIO has finally brought back its flagship Z series laptop with the VAIO Z and VAIO Z Canvas. After the VAIO Z series was phased out several years ago, it’s nice to see a revival of the series from the brand that has been sold to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners.
The VAIO Z hybrid laptop features a rather unique hinge that enables the display to be turned. With this hinge, the VAIO Z can either be set up as a tablet or a regular laptop. On top of that, it also weighs as little as 1.34kg, and measuring at only 16.8mm, it’s even thinner than the Lenovo LaVie Z; although the VAIO Z is not as light.
Other than that, the VAIO Z boasts as impressive 15.5 hours of battery life, which makes it the longest lasting VAIO laptop ever. The Z also has a power-saving display mode that can save on power consumption as much as 40%. Hardware wise, it has a 13.3-inch display, an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, an aluminium carbon body, and up to 512GB SSD that can apparently boot the laptop from standby in 0.3 seconds.
The VAIO Z Canvas, on the other hand, doesn’t have a hinge like the VAIO Z. Instead, it has a detachable keyboard that enables the Z Canvas to be used like a conventional tablet. Specification wise, it has a 12.3-inch display, a Core i7 processor, 256GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM.
Unfortunately, however, the VAIO Z and VAIO Z Canvas is only for the Japanese market for now. The VAIO Z is up for pre-order today in Japan at 189,800 Yen (about RM5,735) while the Z Canvas will only be available in May 2015, so no retail price has been given for it yet.