IFA 2011 | Sony refreshes Vaio S lineup

3D compatibility features are amongst the biggest additions to the notebook series

Sony’s pre-IFA keynote has unveiled an updated Vaio S series of notebooks coming before the end of the year.

The refresh includes a new 15.5-inch full HD notebook with an Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3, i5 or i7 CPU. RAM will be available starting at 6GB with a 750GB HDD (SSD options also available) and could come standard with an AMD Radeon HD 6630M GPU. In total, the magnesium-aluminum alloy notebook should be about 4.4 pounds (2 kg) with a thickness just under 1-inch.

With this being Sony and all, the notebook will be 3D-compatible and is even expected to offer a glasses-free 3D experience for specific models, according to pocket-lint. The new Vaio S will apparently last for up to 12 hours on a single charge, although we’re certain that 3D functions and CPU-intensive applications will shrink that number.

Meanwhile, the 13.3-inch Vaio S will be revamped with Sandy Bridge CPUs, although that is expected to be the only change, according to Electronista.

Sony had previously upgraded its Vaio S lineup earlier this year in February.

The 15.5-inch and 13.3-inch Vaio S should be coming this October, at least in the UK. The former will likely come in at over $1000 while the latter notebook should be seeing no change from its original pricing.

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Allen Ngo, 2011-08-31 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.