Sony is talking VAIO notebooks again this morning, and it looks like the company is flexing its obsession with power with an update to the VAIO S-Series. Packing a Core i7 processor - complete with Turbo Boost overclocking - along with an onboard DVD burner, optional SSD, optional AMD Radeon HD 6630 GPU and a 13.3-inch 1600 x 900 display, the bumped S-Series' main charm is the potential for up to 15hrs of runtime.
Dell CEO Michael Dell has teased the company's upcoming Dell XPS 15z, taking to Twitter to promote a new teaser video showing an ultra-slim notebook. The apparent spiritual successor to the Dell Adamo - axed back in February - the XPS 15z has a distinctive chiclet keyboard and patterned perforated speaker grilles.
A new Samsung notebook has surfaced that is called the Samsung Series 4, and the model is the 400B2Bs. This little notebook is aimed at the ultra mobile user who needs something compact and easy to take with them on the road, but with enough power to actually run business class apps. As you can see from the photo below the machine has a very simple matte black design with a Lenovo-style tracking nub in the center of the keyboard that controls the mouse cursor.
Lenovo's IdeaPad S205 has begun shipping, offering an 11.6-inch ultraportable with AMD's dual-core 1.6GHz E350 Fusion CPU and Radeon HD 6310 graphics. Announced all the way back in January, the S205 is priced from $499 with 3GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB 5,400rpm hard-drive and 6-cell battery.
Sony's two Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets, the S1 and S2, aren't the only new ultraportable devices the company teased earlier in the week. Slotted neatly at the tail-end of the presentation were teasers for a further two models, PC Watch reports, the Sony Freestyle Hybrid PC - with a slide-and-tilt form-factor, similar to Samsung's Sliding PC 7 - and a super-slimline notebook, the Sony Ultimate Mobile PC.
Acer may have lost a CEO over arguments whether tablets and ultra-mobility was the future, but the company isn't acting too conservatively even with a PC stalwart at the helm. According to the latest rumors, Acer is phasing out netbook orders in favor of tablet production, with slates like the Acer Iconia Tab A500 - which went on sale today for $449.99 - replacing Aspire One netbooks. Meanwhile, the company is also reportedly using advanced "Shuriken" displays to create ultraportable notebooks offering more screen with less bulk.
Sony is believed to be readying two new notebooks, including a VAIO Hybrid PC with an intelligent docking station, and a Chrome OS VAIO based on NVIDIA's Tegra 2. According to Sony Insider's sources, the VAIO Hybrid PC will, on its own, be a relatively thin Core i7 machine complete with Intel WiDi, SSD storage, HDMI and a 1.13kg weight, along with Intel Thunderbolt just like Apple's new MacBook Pro.
Dell has promised the imminent unveil of a new Sandy Bridge based ultra-slim notebook "that will answer a few questions plus bring performance and style together in a big way." Tipped for reveal within the next six weeks, the unnamed ultraportable will follow a refreshed Inspiron range using Intel's 2011 Core processor line-up.