After spinning off from Sony, VAIO began selling premium laptops and tablets first in Japan, and then the US. Now the company is getting ready to launch a few new models with premium specs… and premium price tags.
The VAIO S13, VAIO S15, and new VAIO Z laptops should be available starting in February.
VAIO Z series
The most impressive of the bunch is probably the VAIO Z Flip, a 13.3 inch notebook with a 2560 x 1440 pixel touchscreen display that can flip around so that you can hold the computer like a tablet. The computer also has an active digitizer with support for pressure-sensitive pen input.
VAIO says the convertible notebook features 8GB to 16GB of RAM, 256GB of solid state storage, and the PC measures less than 0.66 inches thick and weighs about 3 pounds.
The company will also offer a non-touch VAZIO Z notebook that weighs 2.6 pounds, has a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, at least 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a Core i5-6267U processor. This model should get longer battery life.
Both VAIO Z laptops will feature Intel Skylake chips, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, two USB 3.0 ports, and SDXC card readers.
The Vaio Z Flip is expected to be available in the US in February for $1800 and up, while the non-touch version of the laptop should sell for $1500 and up.
VAIO S series
The VAIO S13 and VAIO S15 laptops, meanwhile, are more affordable systems with less sleek designs… they’re still not exactly cheap though. US prices are expected to start at $1100.
The 13.3 inch model measures about 0.7 inches thick and weighs about 2.3 pounds, and features an Intel Skylake processors, at least 4GB of RAM, 128GB of solid state storage, full HD displays, three USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFI, Bluetooth 4.1, and SDXC card slots.
VAIO’s 15 inch model measures about an inch thick and weighs about 5.5 pounds, but it has beefier specs including 8GB of RAM, 1TB of solid state storage, and HDMI and VGA ports.