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Sony unveils the stylish 13-inch Vaio S

The expensive ultraportable features Intel’s Calpella Core i3 and i5 processors.

Sony announced the Vaio S series yesterday starting at $899. The 13-inch ultraportable has a magnesium alloy case to give it a stylish as well as robust look and feel. The system will be powered by either an Intel Core i3 380M or an unspecified core i5 processor. Any of these processors will be accompanied by an Intel GMS HD graphics card which can be a disappointment for some power-hungry users. A dedicated graphics card would have complimented well with the fast core i3 and i5 CPUs.

The 13-inch display panel comes with a native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. There are 4GB of RAM available which can be extended up to 8GB, and hard disk space of 500GB. Good news is that the system will have a DVD drive, along with useful features like G-Sensor a shock protection technology.

Connectivity will be in the form of HDMI, VGA, and two USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, Intel 802.11a/b/g/n, Intel Wireless Display and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. The 4.4 pound (about 2kg) machine has a dimension of 13 x 9 x 1.1-1.2 inches.

At $899, it is not for everyone but note that Sony generally keeps the price of its systems at a premium. Owning a Sony is a matter of pride, and if you are prepared for that added mullah to have it – the new kid from Vaio stable is not likely to disappoint you on most occasions.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-01- 6 (Update: 2012-05-26)