Sony adds new signature VAIOs for Summer 2010 CollectionBy Matthew DeCarlo
Sony has kicked off the warm season by flooding the North American market with 10 new Signature Collection products, including an upgraded version of the newly redesigned 8-inch VAIO P. The VPC-P118KX/B packs a zestier 2.0GHz Intel Atom Z550 processor, a higher capacity 256GB SSD, both GPS and Verizon mobile broadband, colors have been restricted to only black, and the asking price is $1,500.
The summer 2010 collection also includes an updated version of the 11.1-inch Black Carbon X, which also sells for $1,500 with the same specs as the VAIO P except with 128GB of storage. The Glossy Premium Carbon X seems to feature a higher quality finish for another $100.
Meanwhile, VAIO Metal Shield Z costs $2,020 and has a 13.1-inch screen, a 2.4GHz Core i5, 4GB of RAM, two 128GB SSDs, an Nvidia GeForce GT 330M, and Verizon mobile broadband. This can be increased to an i7-620M, 8GB of RAM, two 256GB SSDs, a Blu-ray burner, and a 1080p display for $4,170.
The Glossy Premium Carbon Z includes those higher end specs outright as well as a carbon finish and Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit for a hefty $4,800.
The black, pink and gold iterations of the 14-inch Arabesque are identical apart from color. Pricing starts at $920, which gets you a 2.26 i3-350M, 4GB of RAM, a 320GB HDD, and a DVD drive. Optionally, you can install an i5-520M, i5-540M, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, a 500GB HDD, and a Blu-ray drive.
The Black F and White J are the final two systems in the collection. The former is a well-stocked 16.4-inch notebook priced at $2,300, while the latter is a $1,550 all-in-one touchscreen desktop. All of the mentioned systems are either already shipping or will begin to do so tomorrow, June 25.