Sony has is no stranger to the premium thin and light notebook space. But now the company is introducing its first ultraportable laptops designed to fit Intel’s “ultrabook” specifications.
The Sony Vaio T11 is an ultrabook with an 11.6 inch display, while the Vaio T13 will have a 13.3 inch display.
Both laptops are due out this month, but Sony hasn’t revealed any pricing information yet.
The 13.3 inch model measures 12.7″ x 8.9″ x 0.7″and weighs 3.5 pounds. It features a 1366 x 768 pixel display and Sony says the ultrabook offers up to 9 hours of battery life. Detailed specs aren’t available for the smaller 11.6 inch model yet.
The laptops will ship with an Intel Sandy Bridge processor, Windows 7, and either a solid state drive or hybrid storage with a large hard drive and small SSD to boost performance.
Sony is outfitting the Vaio T series notebooks with HDMI, VGA, and Ethernet ports as well as an SDHC card slot. As you’d expect from a Sony computer, that SDHC card slot also takes Sony Memory Stick cards.
The laptops feature one USB 2.0 port and a USB 3.0 port.
By the way, if these notebooks look familiar, that’s because Sony showed off a prototype at CES in January. It looks like the design hasn’t changed much since then.
While the Vaio T ultrabooks will ship with Sandy Bridge processors, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sony update the line this summer or fall with Intel’s new Ivy Bridge chips which use less power and offer better graphics performance. The first Ivy Bridge chips designed for ultrabooks are expected to hit the market in June.