Sony announces Vaio T11 and T13 ultrabooks

By on May 2, 2012, 1:00 PM

Sony is officially getting into the Ultrabook game with the announcement of its first couple of models for this market: the Vaio T11 and T13. As the name suggests, they'll come with 11- and 13.3-inch screens, and will offer many of the features we've come to expect from this form factor, including a 17.8mm-thick magnesium and aluminum body as well as a weight of ~3.5 pounds for the larger model and up to 9 hours of battery life.

In terms of hardware specifications, Sony has only detailed the Vaio T13 model at this point, which should pack an Ultra-Low Voltage (ULV) Intel Core i3 Sandy Bridge processor 4GB RAM, and integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics. Storage options include a single SSD (exact capacities weren't detailed) or a hybrid system that pairs a 320GB hard drive with a second 32GB SSD to improve system boot times and responsiveness.

Other features include a 1,366x768 resolution, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth support, HDMI and VGA outputs, USB 3.0 and Ethernet ports, a media card reader, 1.3MP web camera and a touchpad with gesture support. Sony is also throwing in a 90-day trial of Intel's Anti-Theft Service to protect personal data from unauthorized usage.

The new Vaio T series is expected to arrive later this month in the US for an unspecified price, with a launch in the UK scheduled for early June. There was no mention of Ivy Bridge but we assume Sony will upgrade its laptops to Intel's latest architecture sometime after the low-voltage variants of IVB arrive in June. With that in mind, if you are in the market for an Ultrabook, we recommend waiting a couple of months before making a purchase.




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inventix1136 said:

Yet another $1,000+ notebook with a crap 1366x768 resolution. In that price range at LEAST match Mac Air resolution since that is what they are really competing against.

Guest said:

Only 4Gb ram? Not upgradeable? Hybrid storage but no hints as to how big an SSD it can have? A 13.3" screen that only has an option for a useless and aggravating 1366x768 panel? Only SB with slow HD3000 GPU? No thunderbolt? 3.5lbs? Intel needs to spend some of those Ultrabook marketing funds on a baseball bat, and head over to each PC maker in turn and beat some sense into their thick skulls.

cookiedude cookiedude said:

Sounds pretty disappointing, expected more from Sony. The spec list falls short of most other "Ultra"books, surely with new releases we should be seeing improved specs?? If these laptops are priced too highly they'll be a massive flop!

inventix1136 said:

Sounds pretty disappointing, expected more from Sony. The spec list falls short of most other "Ultra"books, surely with new releases we should be seeing improved specs?? If these laptops are priced too highly they'll be a massive flop!

The ONLY thing that it has different is the case and that it has an SSD thrown in, otherwise a $400 laptop is going to dance around this because the specs SUCK... Which means that unless they price these things at $550 or so, don't bother releasing these laptops since nobody will buy them...

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