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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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RE: Meh...
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.

RE: Meh...
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.

RE: Meh...
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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