Sony is the latest to leak out its plans for Santa Rosa
notebooks. The company has plans for five new model
lineups ranging from the 11.1" VAIO TZ Series up to the 15.4"
VAIO FZ Series. All notebooks with the exception of one TZ model come standard
with Windows Vista and 2GB of DDR2 memory (a welcome addition for the
memory-hungry operating system).
The 11.1" TZ Series notebooks will feature ULV
processors (U7500 and U7600). The entry-level VGNTZ11MN/N features a U7500
processor, 80GB hard drive, dual-layer DVD burner, 1GB of memory, integrated
webcam, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and 802.11a/b/g wireless. The VGNTZ11XN/B ups the
ante with a 100GB hard drive, 2GB of memory and a fingerprint scanner. The
VGNTZ11VN/X sits at the top of the food chain with a U7600 processor and a
carbon fiber LCD lid. According
to Engadget, the notebooks are
rated at 9 hours of battery life -- we'll just have to see if that number holds
up once models start hitting our shores.
The 15.4" FZ Series notebooks will use Intel Core 2 Duo
T7100 and T7300 processors while storage options will range from 120GB to
200GB. The top-of-the-line VGNFZ11Z will feature the aforementioned 200GB hard
drive, Blu-ray burner, integrated "Motion Eye" camera and will run
Windows Vista Business.
Other new notebooks lines include the 13.3" VAIO SZ5
Series, 13.3" VAIO CZ Series and 14.1" VAIO CR Series.
There is no pricing available for any of the notebooks
mentioned, but all of them are due to be released in July.