Sony ships 13.3" Vaio S with Sandy Bridge, Radeon graphics

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Sony's new Vaio S notebook has finally landed stateside, giving US customers another premium ultraportable option. Weighing under four pounds and measuring less than an inch thick, the 13.3-inch system is outfitted with the latest hardware from Intel and AMD. Starting at $969, the base Vaio S comes in black or white and offers a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M, a 512MB AMD Radeon HD 6470M, 4GB of DDR3-1333 RAM, a 320GB 5400RPM hard drive, a DVD burner, and Windows 7 Home Premium.

Pricier configuration options include a 2.5GHz Core i5-2520M and 2.7GHz i7-2620M, a 1GB Radeon 6630M, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, up to a 750GB hard drive or dual 128GB SSDs in RAID 0, a Blu-ray play or burner, Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, and a battery sheet that boosts the maximum runtime from 7.5 hours to 15 hours. All iterations come with a 1366x768 display, HDMI and VGA-out, one USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Memory Stick Duo/SD card slots.

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