Sony has released the VAIO F series 16.4-inch higher-end entertainment notebook for 2011, featuring the 2nd Generation Intel Core processors, optional 3D capability, and a new design.
The updated Sony VAIO F (VPCF2000X series) comes with the quad-core Core i7-2630QM, i7-2720QM, or i7-2820QM processor, up to 8GB of RAM, and an up to 640GB hard drive or 512GB solid state drive. The 3D F Series comes with Nvidia’s 3D Vision technology, the Nvidia GeForce GT 540M 1GB dedicated video card and a Blu-ray player or burner, while the 2D version additionally provides GeForce GT 520M 512MB and DVD burner options, but lacks 3D Vision.
The VAIO F 3D has a dedicated 3D button for converting standard videos to 3D content in real time.
Displays on both 2D and 3D models are 16.4″ full HD with LED backlight.
The laptops feature a backlit isle-style keyboard, integrated speaker bar with “bass-boosting” stereo speakers, Dolby Home Theater v3 and S-force Front Surround 3D audio technologies, a webcam, HDMI and VGA outputs, two USB 3.0 and a single USB 2.0 port, and a Memory Stick PRO Duo / SD card slot.
For networking, there are Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, and Gigabit LAN connections.
According to the product specifications, the 2D version has a battery life of up to 5 hours with the standard battery, whereas the 3D edition provides up to 3 hours.
The 2D F Series comes in matte black, silver or “Premium White” color. The 3D Series is available in glossy black only.
Basic prices for these configurable notebooks sold via the Sony official store are $1,099.99 and $1,659.99, respectively.
The company has also unveiled the VAIO SA 13.3″ ultraportable notebook, slightly thinner than the recently released VAIO SB.