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VAIO FZ Series -- image courtesy Notebook Review

VAIO TZ Series -- image courtesy Engadget
Sony leaks info on new Santa Rosa notebooks which will come packed with 2GB of memory

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.

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By TomZ on 5/1/2007 5:53:45 PM , Rating: 1
Am I the only one interested in 1600x1200 (or higher) resolution displays on laptops? Seems like most of these new Sonys are only 1280x800.

The other specs look nice, though, but the low-res screen is a deal-breaker for me personally.

RE: 1600x1200?
By retrospooty on 5/1/2007 5:57:27 PM , Rating: 2
1600x1200 on a 15 inch screen (or 17 for that matter) is really overly tiny for most people, although I agree, 1280x800 is too low. for widesceen LCD at 15" 1680x1050 would be nice.

RE: 1600x1200?
By retrospooty on 5/1/2007 6:01:50 PM , Rating: 2
Since this is a wide screen, I assume you mean 1920 x 1200 not 1600x1200

I meant to add 1680x1050 for a 17" or 1440x900 for a 15 is good for most people. 1280 x 800 is cheap, I bet they have options to get a better screen for more $$$

RE: 1600x1200?
By donttrustme on 5/1/2007 6:13:48 PM , Rating: 2
Vista will look stunning with that resolution (1440x900 for a 15.4"). Also the VAIO FZ series looks like a chic, good for a show-off.

Jus a doubt: With such resolution will it take more battery power?

RE: 1600x1200?
By alexleonard on 5/1/2007 6:41:22 PM , Rating: 2
I find it incredibly painful to work on less that at least the 1280x1024 res on my desktop.

I narrowed my laptop choices massively by insisting on SXGA and above, but it's completely worth it.

I have found the place it makes the most difference is on my various sequencing software, but thunderbird and other apps benefit a lot from the extra screen real estate. I think my next laptop will either be WSXGA or WUXGA. Maybe when I get older I'll need the lower res, but not yet.

RE: 1600x1200?
By ThatGuy113 on 5/1/2007 11:37:40 PM , Rating: 2
Dell does. My Insprion has a 17 inch wide screen display running at 1920 x 1200. It is so nice, I can't see a pixel on the thing with my eye against the screen.

It was completely worth the 150 bucks more. But this thing is almost a desktop replacement, I wouldn't expect it on a 15 inch screen.

RE: 1600x1200?
By therealnickdanger on 5/2/2007 8:24:11 AM , Rating: 2
My E1705 was the same. The upgrade was worth every penny (not a lot of pennies, actually). It's a spectacular display - also, it doesn't hurt to have the graphics power to play games at 1:1.

RE: 1600x1200?
By Frank M on 5/1/2007 6:45:52 PM , Rating: 2
My desktop monitor is barely above that. You folks are koo-koo bananas.

RE: 1600x1200?
By deeznuts on 5/1/2007 5:59:03 PM , Rating: 2
I still use 1027x768 for lappie screens. Of course I don't do anything except surf the web.

RE: 1600x1200?
By Axbattler on 5/1/2007 6:09:28 PM , Rating: 2
You are probably not the only one disappointed by the screen resolution. I can understand it for the 15.4".

Personally though, I am more surprised/disappointed that the "G" series is not in there. I am looking for something very light and portable, although 11.1" is too small. 13.3" is probably perfect for me, but I can not shake off the idea of the ultra light/compactness of the 12.1" G-series (the weight gap between the two is quite significant). And at those screen sizes (12.1-13.3), the resolution is fine.

RE: 1600x1200?
By EclipsedAurora on 5/2/07, Rating: 0
RE: 1600x1200?
By TomZ on 5/3/2007 4:42:52 PM , Rating: 1
I was referring mainly to the 15.4" display being 1600x1200. I wouldn't characterize that as a "subnotebook." My 5-year old Thinkpad has 1600x1200, and I just can't understand why there hasn't been more demand for this resolution of display in laptops.

no mention of new gpu though?
By otispunkmeyer on 5/2/2007 4:06:37 AM , Rating: 2
nice but wheres the go 8600gt?

RE: no mention of new gpu though?
By therealnickdanger on 5/2/2007 8:27:41 AM , Rating: 2
Most likely they will use the Intel GMA3100 or a 8-series derivative like a 8100 or a 8400 - if those even exist yet. Their high-end model might have a stripped 8600GS... Sony has never really pushed high-end graphics in their laptops, just small form factors and gorgeous displays. And lots of Sony software, of course.

By EclipsedAurora on 5/2/2007 9:32:49 AM , Rating: 1
Yes. Sony and Fujitsu aimed at mobility where size and power consumption are always priorized ahead over performance.

If u wanna ask for 3D performance, please go for XPS!

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