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Sony Vaio S  (Source: Sony)

Vaio S sheet battery  (Source: Sony)
Notebook has new optional sheet battery to double run time

Sony today announced its new S-series notebook that is a 13.3” (1366 x 768) thin and light machine with a "sheet battery" option.

The notebook can be pre-ordered right now on the Sony Style store starting at $969.99. The notebook can be customized with CPUs up to the second-generation Core i7 and it can be fitted with hybrid graphics with 1GB of dedicated memory (AMD Radeon HD 6630M). The new S-series notebook is just under an inch thick and weighs 3.8 pounds. 

The trackpad on the S notebook is larger than on other Vaio offerings and the machine can be optioned with Blu-ray. It has a USB 3.0 port for fast connectivity with external storage and other gear. The case of the notebook is made from magnesium for strength and lightness, and the machine is compatible with Intel Wireless Display.

One of the more interesting features of the notebook is that the machine is launching with an extended “sheet battery” accessory that will sell for about $150. The sheet battery connects to the bottom of the notebook and can provide more power to the user without them having to power down to switch batteries.

Sony claims that the sheet battery doubles the runtime of the computer (up to 15 hours). When attached the external sheet battery will be used before the computer starts to use its internal battery. The internal has a claimed battery life of 7.5 hours per charge.

The notebook can be purchased in black or white colors and has up to 750GB of storage.

“We continue to raise the bar when it comes to the mobile computing experience,” said Mike Lucas, senior vice president of Networked and Technologies and Services Division at Sony Electronics. “The VAIO S Series laptop makes no compromises by offering the ultimate, full-featured ultra-mobile PC.”

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By corduroygt on 3/7/2011 10:32:49 AM , Rating: 1
I don't see how this is any different than countless other 13.3" laptops by asus, acer, lenovo, etc with the same low quality and low resolution 768p screen. I'm sure the sandy bridge laptops from all other manufacturers are coming out this month as well.

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By snakeInTheGrass on 3/7/2011 10:37:07 AM , Rating: 2
It looks like the side-profile of the 17" HP laptop I had years ago. And they call this 'Sony Style'. Hey Sony, know why people aren't buying your stuff? No, apparently not.

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By headbox on 3/7/2011 1:15:46 PM , Rating: 5
There's a Sony Style store in a Portland mall, across from an Apple store. There wasn't room to walk in the Apple store... there were 6 people in the Sony store- all employees.

This new "S" model is a 1" chunk of plastic with a VGA port, and the 7.5 hour battery is a $100 bto option... priced up in Apple territory. Wow.

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By Souka on 3/7/2011 2:30:37 PM , Rating: 2
Hehe... "sheet" battery. I think of me telling people somthing like "I got this kewl laptop and got the sh*t battery option" :)

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By rudy on 3/7/2011 4:21:06 PM , Rating: 2
Also HP has sold several laptops and may still with sheet batteries that boost operating time some go over 24 hours they claim.

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By Fleeb on 3/7/2011 10:53:13 AM , Rating: 1
768 p rogressive scan? Like an HDTV display?

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By corduroygt on 3/7/2011 10:59:27 AM , Rating: 2
Computers have pretty much always had progressive scan displays, unless you go far back.

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By chromal on 3/7/2011 1:23:40 PM , Rating: 2
For a while my family owned an IBM PS/1 i80486sx/25 with an integral XGA adapter. If I recall, it could only do 1024x768 in Interlaced mode. This being about circa '93.

By the mid-90s, video adapters and monitors had progressed to the point that higher horizontal and vertical refresh frequencies had become inexpensive. VESA standard modes became widely supported and not much really changed until DVI took off around '05.

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By Fleeb on 3/9/2011 2:26:46 PM , Rating: 2
It was more on so many people attaching "p" to everything - all resolution. I only heard of 240p, 576p, 288p, 480p, 720p, 1080p and 2160p but not exactly "768p". I still think that HDTVs (in the context of HDTVs may be to an extent monitors [?]) which have 768 horizontal scanlines just process 720p sources.

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By Dug on 3/7/2011 11:45:55 AM , Rating: 5
It actually looks good? I don't see anyone else with an ATI 6630, Core i7, under an inch thick, 3.8lbs.
There's a few with Intel graphics, but they don't look very nice.

Very clean bezel and frame is rare from any company.

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By tayb on 3/7/2011 2:50:15 PM , Rating: 3
Speak for yourself. Its$ 999 before you upgrade to the i7 and AMD graphics territory which is sure to run you a few hundred extra dollars. At that point I am in MacBook Pro territory and if I'm going to spend that much on an overpriced machine I'll just get the MacBook Pro.

Not to mention its ugly as hell, port selection sucks, it looks like it is made of cheap ass plastic, and the screen is crap.

Sony is trying to be the Apple of the Windows world except the only thing different between them and say HP is their markup. At least Apple has nice designs and good battery life.

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By nafhan on 3/7/2011 5:08:38 PM , Rating: 2
A MBP with similar specs doesn't exist. You have to move up to a 15" at a cost of at least $1800 before you can get a discrete GPU in a MBP (Sandy Bridge GPU in MBP 13" is great for integrated, but not in the same ballpark as a 6630).

Apple accepts that there are certain user segments that are not going to be met by there product lines.

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By T2k on 3/7/2011 5:48:54 PM , Rating: 1
You meant the Macbook Pro is ugly as hell, right?

Sony Vaios look 100x better than those ugly, dumbo-designed Macbooks - they boldly show the classic "fat-fingered" American design approach...

Also it's $1300-1400 with Windows 7 Pro x64, 500GB HDD and switchable hybrid VGA system with an ACTUALLY USEFUL Radeon as opposed to the 256m egs JUNK Apple dares to sell you for $2k...

...Mactards are always Mactards, that's the truth.

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By tayb on 3/7/2011 8:11:04 PM , Rating: 2
100x better. Really? Thanks for showing yourself as an idiotic fanboy in your second sentence. That way I didn't have to finish reading whatever other nonsense you had to say.

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By spread on 3/8/2011 12:35:16 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. The Macbook is a nicer built laptop. Unfortunately it won't run Windows 7 properly thanks to Apple's gimped power management drivers.

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By Pneumothorax on 3/7/2011 12:29:20 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, why doesn't anyone else use the macbook air's 1440x900 excellent 13" 16:10 screen? Then HP makes their 14" radiance screen unobtainable! It's ridiculous that windows laptop makers continue to use craptastic screens culled from the same stock as $100 walmart Tv's.

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By quiksilvr on 3/7/11, Rating: -1
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By Hulk on 3/7/2011 1:00:25 PM , Rating: 2
Speak for yourself I'd gladly pay another $100 or even $200 for a nice IPS screen on my notebook. And I'll take the hit on battery life as well. You can keep the crap screen since you can't see any difference. Just offer me the upgrade.

I can tell the difference easily looking straight at it. And let's not even talk about the difference when it comes to vertical viewing angles.

Oh yeah and I'd prefer 16:10 aspect ratio since I don't watch movies that often on my laptop.

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By Johnmcl7 on 3/7/2011 1:43:39 PM , Rating: 3
Yup, why doesn't anyone else use the macbook air's 1440x900 excellent 13" 16:10 screen? Then HP makes their 14" radiance screen unobtainable! It's ridiculous that windows laptop makers continue to use craptastic screens culled from the same stock as $100 walmart Tv's.

It's funny how Apple are always given credit for new technology when other companies have offered the technology years before Apple. Sony have been offering high resolution 13in displays for some time now in their Z series, the last generation went up to 1600x900 and the current Z series has had a genuine 1920x1080 13.3in screen available from launch.

Windows laptop companies were also quicker than Apple to adopt all manner of better screen technologies including high resolution displays for other panel sizes (such as 15.4in 1920x1200 displays), LED backlighting and RGB backlighting (which I believe Apple still don't offer).

So I'd say it's ridiculous that Apple are so behind on display technologies (on average three years) compared to Windows laptops manufacturers.

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By Pneumothorax on 3/7/2011 3:49:00 PM , Rating: 3
I never did give apple credit for these screens, the problem is windows laptop makers either offered those great screens in the past or now will only sell it in $2000 elite laptops that Sony makes. Look at Dell 4-5 years ago. Their 15 and 17 low end models offered 1200p res screen options. Now youre mostly forced to go alienware or pony up $$$ for the precision line. Apples 15 inch $1800 isn't exactly cheap either, but 4 years ago with Dell coupons you could put together a 15 inch laptop with discrete graphics and.a gorgeous 1900x1200 screen for <$1000.

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By rudy on 3/7/2011 4:25:55 PM , Rating: 2
I just put a laptop together for my sister from HP with a 1600x900 display fully loaded for 1200, blu ray 8 gb ram most options. They exist no problem. The problem is consumers just do not seem to care, I do not know why but they dont.

I think we would see alot more of these displays and better ones if consumers started to care.

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By Ushio01 on 3/7/2011 1:52:56 PM , Rating: 2
Cause no one cares and is probably the same reason Apple stayed with 1280x800 for the macbookpro.

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By adiposity on 3/7/2011 1:51:14 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see how this is any different than countless other 13.3" laptops by asus, acer, lenovo, etc with the same low quality and low resolution 768p screen. I'm sure the sandy bridge laptops from all other manufacturers are coming out this month as well.

Exactly what I was thinking. How does this get a headline?

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