13 inch VAIO S Series notebooks on the way from Sony

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Sony up the portability stakes with their newly revealed S Series notebooks. Titchy at 24mm thick at the thinnest point and relatively light at 1.75kg, the 13.3 inch computers are travel-friendly without scrimping on features.

For instance, the S Series feature a novel dual-battery concept that can boost on-the-go power time to up to 14 hours. Sony explain in the range’s press release:

“The VAIO S Series introduces a smart new battery concept that lets you keep working day and night without a pause. The internal lithium polymer battery provides power for up to 7 hours of on-the-go computing (in Stamina mode). It’s partnered by a second thin, flat optional lithium polymer extended battery that can be charged separately from the PC and added without removing the internal battery. The second battery attaches without having to switch off the PC, boosting stamina to up to 14 hours if you’re far from mains power.”

In terms of specs, there’s an integrated GPU and high-performance AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series card (with either 512MB or 1GB VRAM) which can be switched on the fly through the Dynamic Hybrid Graphic System when those power-intensive components aren’t necessary. 500GB of storage come as standard, while a copy of Windows 7 Professional is thrown in too.

Optional configurations also embedded VAIO “everywair” 3G WWAN, allowing you to connect to a mobile data provider at up to 7.2Mbps when a Wi-Fi signal or wired connection isn’t available.

S Series notebooks will hit stores by the end of March.

Gerald Lynch

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