Not wanting to get left behind by Acer and Fujitsu-Siemens, Sony is preparing to launch its Penryn based laptops. The VAIO AR7, FZ4, and SZ7 will feature Intel’s new Core 2 Duo mobile that uses 45nm-manufacturing process. The Santa Rosa Refresh platform combined with Penryn based CPU will give laptop users longer battery life. Now all I need is to get one of these Penryn chip on my MacBook Pro!
This new notebook, well it looks amazing, and the spec sheet, even better. Get this, it weighs 2 pounds 10 ounces, that means the Happy Meal you just picked up at McDonalds for your kid probably weighs more.
Furthermore, it has the 32GB SSD drive, which keeps things cool, low power, and faster than a standard laptop HDD. It has a Centrino Duo processor to boot, and thanks in part to the SSD drive, a 5 hour battery life when in power save mode.
Ah, the good old unboxing. It's the modern-day equivalent of taking your knitting to the local hanging, what with all the vicarious pleasure on offer. Latest to strip off its cardboard sheath and say "hello world!" is the VAIO UX490N/C UMPC, the update to Sony's screen-sliding miniature masterpiece, with new owner Berto showing off the retail packaging and the device itself (complete with extended battery).
So Sony, in a fairly weak effort to seem socially responsible, has decided to offer up 1% of the sales cost of these Eco-wrapped laptops to an environmental charity. Sure, one percent is a step in the right direction, but really, is that the best they could do?
Anyways, you can get your laptop covered with your choice of four cover designs, Caribbean Water, Clay Earth, Spotted Life, and Bloom. Then the 1% goes to onepercentfortheplanet.org which is a collection of companies that are trying to make a healthier environment.
Sony will be releasing their latest addition to their VAIO UX line here in the US soon. The updates include Vista Business and a new Intel Core 2 Solo processor.
Other than that you will be hit with 48GB of SSD storage, which is probably where most of the $2500 price tag comes from, but should make the battery life better than HDD based models. The new processor operates at 1.2GHz which if I recollect right means you also get a bit of a speed boost.
Sure, Sony was first to market with a place-shifting television technology, but SlingBox did it better. And still do.
Even with the release of this latest piece of hardware Sony can only best the latest SlingBox Pro in a few areas. But if you already have a LocationFree based network, or you plan on adding some of the nicer bits of hardware from Sony’s line to your home theater, this isn’t a bad choice.
Well we knew they were coming in general, and now we know that the latest Sony UMPC - the VGN-UX490N - will be landing in the US complete with a 1.2GHz Core 2 Solo processor and 48GB SSD drive. Support materials have already appeared on Sony's site, in advance of an official announcement, as well as marketing specifications that hold a worrying tidbit about how much RAM the UMPC can support.
Want to know how I know they are geared towards the fashion minded? Listen to these color choices, Wenge, Silk, and Granite.
Wenge is a brown with copper accents, Silk is a bright white that has a matte finish (I thought silk was glossy) and Granite is silver with “natural tones”. At least its not lacking in features, with a 15.4” LCD, Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a/b/g flavors of wifi, A/V mode, a DVD optical drive, and SD and MS PRO card slots.
All of that comes at a mere price of $750. Now all you have to do is wait for October to come when they start shipping.
New Sony VAIO NR Notebooks [via i4u]