Sony announces first Ultrabook laptop
Published May 3 2012, 10:04 BST | By Andrew Laughlin Sony
has unveiled its first 'Ultrabook', the Vaio T-series available in 13.3-inch and 11.6-inch display sizes.
The super-thin laptop comes with an aluminium and magnesium chassis that Sony claims will offer "uncompromised robustness".
Sony's Ultrabook can be switched on and off by opening or closing the lid as it comes with the firm's Rapid Wake + Eco feature, which keeps the device on standby for 90 days without needing to be charged. Sony says that users will get up to nine hours of use on SSD storage.
The 13-inch model measures approximately 226 millimeters by 17.8mm by 323mm and weighs about 1.6 kilograms with a standard battery. This means that it is heavier than Apple's equivalent model MacBook Air, which weighs 1.35 kilograms.
Sony's new 13-inch Ultrabook comes with an Intel Core i3-2367M CPU, which is the Sandy Bridge model rather than the recently introduced Ivy Bridge
It has 4GB RAM, a 320GB HDD and a 32GB SSD, along with a 1,366 x 768 pixels display and Intel's HD 3000 graphics.
The HD web camera is powered by "Exmor for PC", while the T-series comes with Bluetooth 4.0, one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port.
Users will get Windows 7, rather than the forthcoming Windows 8 operating system.
Others features include support for Sony's Clear Phase and xLoud audio technologies, along with the new PlayMemories Home image service
. The laptops also come with a fully functional version of Adobe Acrobat X as standard.
The laptops can charge a smartphone via an 'any time' charger USB port, available even when the computer is switched off or in sleep mode.
The VAIO T Series Ultrabook series from Sony will be available from early June 2012. Pricing has not yet been announced.