Sony announces its first Ultrabooks: Vaio T11 and T13

By , source: Pocket Lint, Slashgear, Engadget

Following several competitors, Sony has launched its own line of Ultrabooks in the form of the VAIO T series. For now, the series has two models, the T11 and T13. In typical Sony style, the Japanese manufacturer spoke of the "first Ultrabook to proudly carry the VAIO name". Sony has a longstanding tradition in ultraportable laptops, with its Z series as current topmodel.

Intel offers the Ultrabook classification (and subsidy) to notebooks thinner than 18 mm (up to 13.3 inch, above that 21 mm is the limit), featuring a mobile CULV version of a Core i processor and a minimum battery life of five hours. According to the 2012 addition to the specs, the notebooks have to boot from S4 sleep mode within 7 seconds, have a hard drive capable of at least 80 MB/s and include USB 3.0 functionality.

Sony's Vaio T13 model has a 13-inch screen with LED backlighting and somewhat disappointing resolution of 1366x768 pixels. Sony claims a battery life of nine hours on a single charge. Curious is the mention of a Core i3-2367M ULV processor, which means that i3 Ultrabooks are becoming a reality. It seems justified to question whether this defeats the purpose of the "high performance in a compact form factor" concept, since i3 is hardly high performance. The other specifications aren't exactly top of the line either: a 320 GB hard disk, a 32 GB SSD to improve storage performance and 4 GB of memory.

The good news is the above average connectivity, including HDMI, VGA, Ethernet and a card reader. Also present is a 1.3 megapixel "Exmor" HD webcam, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 functionality and two USB connectors, one of which is USB 3.0. The chassis is made of magnesium and aluminium.

While the 22.6 x 17.8 x 32.2 mm dimensions for the 13-inch model seem modest, its 1.6 kg weight is quite heavy for an Ultrabook. The recommended price of £679 is also on the high side. Apart from the T13, an 11.6-inch model will be released, aptly named the T11. Dimensions, weight and price of this notebook remain unknown for now. Both models will hit shelves in June.

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