After briefly disappearing the Vaio T, Sony has added the thin and light laptops to the company’s Japanese web site again. But the models now feature Intel Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) processors including 1.2GHz Celeron SU2300, 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo SU9400, and 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo 9600 options. All three chips use the same Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics.
The notebooks are available with up to 8GB of RAM, and with hard drives up to 500GB of SSDs up to 512GB. You can also get pretty much any version of Windows 7.
In other words, despite the CULV processors, these new Sony Vaio T models don’t come cheap. They’re clearly not designed to compete with budget thin and light models from Asus, Acer, Lenovo, and other companies. In fact, the cheapest model goes for the equivalent of about $1400.
But you do get some premium options that you wouldn’t find on lower priced notebooks. For instance, Sony offers batteries that are good for 11 to 17 hours. The laptops have optical disc drives including optional Blu-Ray drives. And there are also optional TV tuner and fingerprint scanner options.