Sony launches Vaio Pro 11 and Pro 13 - "world's lightest" Ultrabooks to date
Ever since Intel unveiled the Ultrabook concept a few years back to directly compete against Apple's popular MacBook Air family, it became impossible to attend an expo without seeing new Ultrabook models in every which direction. Computex this year is no different yet again, but Sony is looking to trump its competitors with what it does best: eye-catching designs and slick aesthetics.
The Vaio Pro 11 and Pro 13 are claimed to be the 'world's lightest' 11.6-inch Ultrabook and 13.3-inch touch Ultrabook at just 1.92 pounds and 2.34 pounds, respectively. Official thickness measurements, however, have not been mentioned. The identical models will rely on a combination of a carbon fiber chassis with aluminum palm rests to maintain rigidity and will even support secondary sheet batteries to extend battery life up to 13 to 14 hours.
Other unique specs include NFC - a common feature in high-end smartphones - and additional technologies to expand display color gamut and reduce visual noise on their 1080p displays. Though the notebooks will support up to Core i7 CPUs (likely ULV versions), there is no word as of yet on exact models, RAM or SSD capacities.
Meanwhile, the Vaio Duo 13 is the manufacturer's latest slider hybrid Ultrabook and will be similar in design and shape to the Duo 11 released late last year. The reduction in bezel size will allow the Duo 13 to be nearly the same size as its smaller brother while providing a larger 13-inch display.
The Pro 11, Pro 13 and Duo 13 are launching June 9th in the United States for $1149, $1249 and $1399, respectively, with the classic black and silver Vaio color options. Expect our full reviews on the three models in the weeks to come.