Sony's second-gen VAIO P ultraportable has finally shown up for preorder on the company's US SonyStyle webstore, priced from $899.99 and with deliveries expected to kick off from around June 25th 2010. The newly refreshed VAIO P packs a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor paired with GMA 500 graphics, and comes in five different casing colors.
As promised, Dell has updated their Alienware M11x gaming ultraportable with some new Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processor options. The 11.6-inch notebook can still be specified with the same Pentium dual-core as before, but now buyers can also pick either a 1.06GHz Core i5-520UM or 1.06GHz Core i7-640UM. Meanwhile there's also NVIDIA Optimus graphics thanks to the GeForce GT 335M GPU.
With Computex 2010 kicking off next week, Gigabyte have spilled the beans on some of what we can expect to see. Among the motherboards - catering both for Intel and AMD's newest hexacore processors - there's a new GV-R587SO-1GD graphics card based on ATI's Radeon HD 5870 GPU. However, we're most interested in the Gigabyte M1125, spotted in a thumbnail on Gigabyte's site and detailed over at SemiAccurate, an 11.6-inch convertible touchscreen notebook packing a processor from Intel's Core i-Series.
Intel have officially announced their latest ultra-low voltage (ULV) Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors, which will be finding their way into ultraportable notebooks in the not-too-distant future. The chips all use 32nm Nehalem processes and that adds up to performance gains and power frugality: Intel reckon up to 32-percent more grunt and up to 15-percent less battery consumption compared to existing chips.
We weren't exactly disappointed by the Alienware M11x gaming ultraportable's performance when we reviewed it a few months back, but nor would we turn our noses up at a speed boost should Dell be so kind. As the rumors suggested, Dell are apparently planning to slot Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs into the 11.6-inch notebook, and according to Pearce Clune, Head of Consumer Operations for Middle East, Africa and Turkey, we can expect it next month.
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Acer have finally got around to officially acknowledging the Aspire Timeline 1825PT, their latest convertible touchscreen notebook. Packing an 11.6-inch multitouch 1366 x 768 display, choice of Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 or Pentium SU4100 processors and up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, the Timeline 1825PT can manage up to 8hrs of runtime, so Acer reckon, from its 6-cell, 5,600mAh battery.
ASUS' Eee PC 1201PN netbook has gone up for preorder at Amazon Germany, with three versions of the 12-inch ultraportable being on offer. Priced at €479 ($600), the netbook packs a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 250GB hard-drive, as well as NVIDIA Ion graphics (though no NVIDIA Optimus automatic switching).
AMD have outed their latest 2010 Mainstream and Ultrathin Notebook Platforms, together with their 2010 Desktop Platform, and the emphasis looks to be on multimedia strength. The new push brings AMD VISION system - first announced back in September 2009 - to the desktop, with both dual- and quad-core Athlon II CPUs for the mainstream and quad- and six-core Phenom II CPUs for enthusiasts. Meanwhile AMD reckons its new dual-core 23w Turion II Neo and Athlon II Neo, together with the Athlon II Neo chips will be storming the Ultrathin market, while there are twelve new Mainstream notebook CPUs for regular laptops.
Sony's second generation VAIO P might arguably only be a gradual evolution of the company's resolutely-widescreen ultraportable platform, but that doesn't mean we don't want to see it in a teardown. Japanese site PC User have done the honors, taking a lime green VAIO P and stripping it down to its constituent parts.
Sony's colorful new VAIO P refresh has been confirmed for a US launch, and in fact the 8-inch ultraportable will imminently be going up for preorder from around $800. That's $200 less than the current model retails for, though we're yet to see a complete specification comparison. Still, the new VAIO P does get an updated range of Intel Atom Z5xx series processors which should hopefully churn a little faster than the first-gen version.
Remember Sony Japan's paperclip-toting teaser campaign a few weeks back? Turns out, that paperclip is the new Sony VAIO P ultraportable in cross-section; the Japanese company has refreshed its 8-inch slimline notebook, with the new VAIO P getting a choice of Intel Atom Z530, Z540 or Z560 processors, a 64GB SSD, an accelerometer for automatically flipping screen orientation and integrated 3G and GPS.