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Sony unveils new VAIO mobile PC

Anushkar Mohinani | July 6, 2011
Mobile PC demand continues to grow in Asia despite the popularity of tablets, says Sony’s corporate executive SVP.

Sony yesterday (5 July) officially announced the Singapore launch of its new VAIO Z Series, a notebook PC targeted at business professionals ‘on the go’.

Designed to be lightweight and powerful, the 1.165 kg notebook is 16.65 mm and crafted in carbon fibre. It boasts up to 6.5 hours of battery life with the internal primary battery, and a total runtime of 13 hours with the additional flat ‘sheet battery’ that can be attached.

Equipped with the second generation Intel Core i7 processor, third generation SSD RAID, and a Quick Boot function, the VAIO Z is touted to offer speedy operation.

Another feature said to up its performance is the ‘Power Media Dock’, which can be used to manage up to four displays via the HDMI and/or VGA output ports. The docking station includes a Blu-ray Disc drive, and a built-in Radeon HD 6650M  with 1GB VRAM for enhanced graphics performance.

PC demand

Despite the surge in popularity of media tablets, the Japanese electronics manufacturer does not believe there will be a serious effect on its notebook sales.

Speaking at the VAIO Z Series launch in Singapore’s LUXE Art Museum, Sony’s corporate executive senior vice president said: “(Although) the demand for tablets are expected to grow, we believe there will also be a continued demand for notebook PCs.”

He added: “Even with the emergence of tablets, the importance of PCs will not falter.”

The new VAIO Z Series is expected to be available at the end of July 2011.


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