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Sony Vaio SE now available, Vaio C and E receive CPU upgrades

The 15.5-inch SE model includes a numpad and dedicated Radeon graphics starting at $999

Sony this Sunday announced a new addition to its Vaio notebook lineup and some spec updates as well.

The new Vaio SE laptop is now available online and is very much similar to the previously released 13.3-inch Vaio SA but with a 15.5-inch screen. The larger screen space allows for a dedicated numpad and a dedicated Radeon GPU. The design will also allow the notebook to use an optional secondary “sheet” battery for additional battery life, potentially doubling the expected 5.45 hours runtime.

A wide range of specs are available for the Vaio SE, including screen resolutions up to 1080p, Core i5-2430M or Core i7-2640M CPU, dedicated Radeon 6630M or Radeon 6470M graphics, up to 8GB RAM and a Blu-Ray drive. Connectivity options are aplenty with Intel WiDi, gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA and a mult-card reader. Overall, the 15.5-inch notebook weighs about 3.65 pounds (1.65kg), depending on configuration.

Meanwhile, the Vaio C and Vaio E have gotten higher-end Sandy Bridge updates with Core i5 and Core i7 options. Even the Vaio Y is getting an update with new black color options.

Sony also recently refreshed its Vaio S and F lineups earlier in the year in order to bring the stylish Vaio series more up to date in terms of internal hardware. The Vaio Z currently sits at top in terms of thinness, style, features, and of course, price.

The new 15.5-inch Vaio SE starts at $999 with many spec options. As an additional incentive, new Vaio customers can subscribe for a 180-day free Music Unlimited plan starting on October 6th.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-10- 3 (Update: 2012-05-26)