Months after its competitors, Sony today entered the ultrabook laptop market with the brand new VAIO T-series, including the 11.6″ T11 and 13.3″ T13.
Inside the cases combining magnesium and aluminum, Sony’s first ultrabooks incorporate the 2nd Generation Intel Core “Sandy Bridge” power-efficient ultra-low-voltage processors, but there is no word on availability of the forthcoming 3rd Generation chips. Sony has provided only a specs sheet of a 13.3″ model, the VAIO SVT1311M1E, revealing a Core i4-2367M CPU SKU, 4GB of RAM, and the Intel HD 3000 IGP. The pixel count on the display is 1366×768. Storage choices are SSDs and hybrid HDDs.
For fast system resume, Sony employs Rapid Wake + Eco technology, to wake up the notebook “in moments”, while the battery life of models with SSDs incorporated is maximal 9 hours. Furthermore, Sony makes a bold claim of stand-by time of up to 90 days on the T ultrabooks.
The first images of the T-series reveal impressively thin and elegant 0.7-inch thin chassis dominated by a brushed-metal finish on the lid and a matte surface on the palm rests. The weight is 3.5 pounds. Other design features are a chiclet-style keyboard and a button-less trackpad. The notebook seems to be without keyboard backlight, judging from the press release which doesn’t mention it.
The ultrabook supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and wired LAN connectivity, and houses an SD/MMC card reader, HDMI, VGA, and headphone out jacks, as well as a USB 2.0 and a USB 3.0 port. The built-in webcam is Exmor-branded and has a 1.3MP sensor.
According to Sony, the VAIO T ultrabooks will be available starting this month, but there is no word on pricing.