A Sony notebook with a AMD Fusion APU for about $550? You bet. It’s the new YB series, and Sony’s packing in AMD’s 1.6Ghz E-350, Radeon HD 6310 graphics, 4GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, HDMI output, 802.11 b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR+, 3 USB ports, and a backlit keyboard.
The Sony YB Series will also sport an 11.6″ display and weighs in at just over 3.2 pounds. An extended capacity battery will be available as an option, and Sony expects to start selling the laptop in mid-February 2011.
The AMD Fusion chipset combines the graphics and CPU cores onto a single chip in an energy-saving design. Computers with the AMD E-350 processor are expected to offer better-than-netbook performance while still providing five hours or more of battery life when paired with a reasonably large battery.