Sony unveils portable multimedia PC with Blu-ray drive

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Sony has unveiled its new VAIO FZ range of notebook PCs, with the premium model able to play Blu-ray high definition content in full 1080p resolution.

The FZ notebook weighs less than six pounds, packing in an Intel Centrino Duo processor, 15.4-inch widescreen display with XBRITE-HiColor technology, an HDMI connector, 802.11n wireless connection, and pre-loaded Vista Premium.

It also features Sony’s Sound Reality technology for professional, high-resolution surround sound, plus LocationFree software for PVR-like functionality.

Added to that, it has an integrated camera and microphone, and ExpressCard port.

It will be available from mid-May, priced around $2,000. UK availability and pricing to be confirmed.

Andy Merrett