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Sony to launch its first VAIO Ultrabook in Europe

The T Series is reportedly available from this month in two screen sizes; the models pack Sandy Bridge CPUs and hybrid HDD/SSD storage

The Japanese tech corporation Sony is the next manufacturer to introduce an ultrabook onto the market. Reportedly, the company is about to launch not one but two of those ultrathin and light laptops, called VAIO T11 and VAIO T13. Unfortunately, there are still no pricing details, but the maker claims the models will first hit the stores in Europe sometime this month.  

Apparently, the new T Series is built using magnesium and aluminium alloys, and will be available in two screen sized: 11-inch and 13.3-inch. Furthermore, the T11 and T13 ultrabooks are powered by a second generation (Sandy Bridge) ultra-low voltage Intel Core i3-2367M central processing unit that packs two physical cores clocked at 1.4GHz. The chip also offers the integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics controller and has a max. TDP (Thermal Design Power) of 17W.

The power efficient CPU and widescreen VAIO display are supposedly complemented by 4GB internal 1333MHz DDR3 memory, a hybrid HDD/SSD with a storage capacity of 352GB (320GB HDD + 32GB SSD) and an optical drive (on the 13.3-inch model).

Connectivity-wise, the T11 and T13 sport Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0+HS radios, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 (with USB charge) ports, an HDMI interface and an “Exmor for PCHD web camera for video conferencing.

According to Sony, the VAIO T13 is 17.8mm thick (about 0.7in), weighs 1.6kg with the built-in battery that has an autonomy period of up to 9 hours on a single charge and comes with a 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium operating system.

Other features of the new T Series reportedly include Rapid Wake + Eco for fast boot/wake up times, xLOUD and Clear Phase sound, and a multi-gesture touchpad.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-05- 3 (Update: 2012-05-26)