NEW YORK –
Sony closed out its summer laptop rollout last week with the introduction of the Vaio Z series.
The Z series is Sony’s flagship ultra-portable laptop. The device is 0.66 inches thick and weighs 2.5 pounds, about 8 ounces lighter than its predecessor due to the new aluminum carbon-fiber chassis.
It bcamee available for presale on July 13 only through the Sony Style online store for about $2,000 Shipment is expected in mid-August.
The Z models will come with what Sony has dubbed, a Power Media Dock. This is a docking station with a built-in AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics card with 1GB of video RAM, a slot-loading optical drive (including an optional Blu-ray player), three USB ports along with HDMI and VGA ports. When docked, the laptop can support up to three extra HD displays.
The Z models have eight hours of battery life; however, this can be doubled with the use of an optional sheetbattery that attaches flush to the computer’s bottom.
The Z series use standard voltage Intel Core i5 and i7 processors with Turbo Boost and dual-channel solid- state storage.
Select models have integrated mobile broadband through AT&T and Sprint, and the laptops can act as a mobile hotspot for up to five PCs or Wi-Fi-enabled devices.