Sony has announced plans to update its S Series line of notebooks with Intel Ivy Bridge (3rd generation Core family) processors. Here’s why I find that interesting: While these aren’t technically part of Sony’s ultrabook lineup, the 13.3 inch S Series notebooks weigh less than 3.7 pounds, measure less than an inch thick, and currently have starting prices as low as $725 (although that could change when the new models hit the scene).

Unlike ultrabooks they also have optical disc drives.

Sony Vaio S Series 13

Sony will offer an optional docking station and an optional extended sheet battery for its new S Series laptops, offering up to 14 hours of battery life.

The 13.3 inch laptops feature support for DVD or Blu-Ray drives, and a choice of a 1366 x 768 pixel or 1600 x 900 pixel display. The 15 inch S-Series notebook will be available with a 1920 x 1080p screen.

Other premium features include a backlit keyboard, cases made of magnesium, aluminum, or carbon fiber, optional solid state disks, and optional NVIDIA discrete graphics.

Sony will start shipping the notebooks to the UK in June. There’s no word on the US launch date yet.

via The Verge

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