Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sony VAIO S Series 13 and Series 15 get Intel Ivy Bridge Update

Sony today announced that their popular VAIO S line will soon be receiving an Ivy Bridge upgrade. The VAIO S Series 13 will be a 13.3” laptop with the same 1600 x 900 resolution matte screen upgrade option available as the current VAIO SA. The VAIO S Series 13 will have either a Core i5 or Core i7 standard voltage processor, though Sony has not disclosed exactly which processors those will be. Another change with the VAIO S 13 will be a slot loading optical drive as Sony goes for a higher end design and replaces the typical tray style optical drive. You’ll have the choice of either Blu-Ray or DVD there. Dedicated graphics from Nvidia will again be offered in the VAIO S, allowing for light gaming on the go. Built-in 3G or 4G LTE mobile broadband will be available as options for those that need to have a fast connection anywhere they go.

The VAIO S 15, a 15.6” screen multimedia laptop, will retain the same option for an HD+ (1920 x 1080) IPS display and be powered by an Intel Core i7-3610QM processor or above. It will have the Nvidia 640m dedicated graphics card on board to power 3D applications and games and of course integrated graphics will be served by the Intel HD 4000. Storage wise you can choose between either having a 1TB hard drive or smaller capacity but faster SSD.

Both VAIO S models will have an option for a slice battery that attaches underneath to boost battery life to 14 hours. Alternatively, you can opt for a docking station that attaches underneath and also has an extra 500GB hard drive built in.

Both the VAIO S 13 and VAIO S 15 will be available starting sometime in June. The VAIO S 13 will retail for $749.99 starting out while the larger VAIO S 15 will be start at $979.99.

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