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VIDEO: New VAIO® S Series 13” Laptop w/ Core i7 & New Sheet Battery

by Gina 03/07/2011

So for folks who love speeds and feeds, hopefully today will start you off on a good week. Today, the new VAIO S 13” laptop rolled out in the U.S. Now you might be thinking “Wait. I saw an announcement already”. That was actually an announcement from our friends in Europe about their VAIO S model. In addition to all of the great features & capabilities of the previously announced European S, the U.S. version has the option to customize your system up to 2nd generation Ci7, 1GB hybrid graphics (rather than 512), and has Solid State drive available for increased performance (up to 256 GB SSD, 1 GB = 1 billion bytes, formatted capacity less). SGNL by Sony got an exclusive close-up look at the new laptop.

Just under 1” thin and weighing about 3.8 lbs, it’s designed with the road warrior in mind. Students, people who travel a lot or even freelancers who might use coffee shops and cafes as office space.

I’ve seen the laptop personally and the casing really does look a little different from the VAIO laptops you’re used to seeing. Made with a magnesium casing, its light yet feels like you have military style durability. It also comes in white which I hear looks pretty insane with the magnesium casing. The touch pad is also quite different. Much larger than other VAIO laptops you might see in this size range, a plus for people (like me) who don’t carry a wireless mouse with them. Other features include a USB 3.0 port, optical drive (with Blu-ray® disc options) and compatibility with Intel® Wireless Display.

What is unique about this announcement is that its new accessory may actually show up the new computer. A rare occurrence.  The new VAIO S laptop launched with a brand new charging technology unique to Sony. This optional Extended Sheet Battery accessory (sold separately for about $150) is a sheet like component that connects it to your laptop for extra battery life without having to power down. The battery easily fits on the bottom of the laptop, basically doubling the PC’s battery life (under default settings). Attached, the extended battery charge will be used first, then the computer.  I have to admit, I was a little skeptical. Extended batteries tend to be that extra weight in my backpack that I know I need but hate packing. It’s the bulky component that I have to push aside as I’m digging for my phone or passport. This sheet battery basically clicks onto the computer and only adds about a pound to the total computer weight when attached. You really need to see it to belive it so do check out the SGNL video when you have time.

The VAIO S laptop goes on pre-sales today at SonyStyle.com. Starting at price is $969.99. Feel free to post your questions and comments. We’re excited to hear your thoughts.

 

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  1. Anonymous wrote: March 7, 2011 1:40pm

    All Sony laptop needs to be like this. The whole concept and design is amazing. White magnesium casing just makes drool. Thank goodness they have a keyboard skin to protect it from my drool. Good job Sony. There are things that can be improved but for that price, you beat all other pc makers and Apple.

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    1. Anonymous wrote: April 24, 2011 11:21pm

      The SB which is the only one available now is so near perfect except that display resolution! I really wanted to configure one of these to top specs but, hesitate now…1366×768 just isn’t suited to such a top notch machine. Display resolution with a blu ray player and for photo edits is important. Bring it up a notch. Also will the SA be configurable and is it 31.3 or 13.1? I am waiting for it since the screen res on this one is a drawback for me. Beautiful design and great specs otherwise though!

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  2. Anonymous wrote: March 9, 2011 4:31pm

    I am very surprised they put all the ports on the right hand side of the laptop. This would cause serious trouble for people who use an external mouse and connect their laptop to peripherals, like external monitors, or even the Kensington lock.

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    1. Gina wrote: June 17, 2011 2:19pm

      Hey Guest,
      I can help provide some info on the ports being on the right side. For this particular design, it was geared to responding to feedback on usability but always welcome the feedback. I’ll pass it along. With regards to external mice, the laptop is definitely more geared to being a mobile PC w/users leveraging a RF or Bluetooth mouse – not sure if that info is helpful. And the team definitely improved venting to the rear proving a better customer experience. I know this is a ton of info but hoping some is helpful or provides some of the context behind the design. Thanks for posting and keep the feedback coming!

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  3. Anonymous wrote: March 10, 2011 10:03am

    oh it’s truely what it is been (make.beleive).oh thats great for sony VAIO laptops o other electronics.

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    1. Gina wrote: June 13, 2011 10:28am

      thanks – glad you like :) & thanks for posting!

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  4. Sid wrote: March 11, 2011 5:05am

    I’m planning to buy my second laptop and i’m impressed with the specs of New Vaio S Series, does anyone knows the launch date for India? , and will Sony provide custom build option here as well ?

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    1. Gina wrote: June 13, 2011 10:29am

      Hi Sid,
      Thanks for posting and great question. For that info, I’d recommend checking out the Sony India site. Hope this is helpful and thanks again!
      http://www.sony.co.in/

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  5. Anonymous wrote: March 11, 2011 12:47pm

    Dear Vaio team,
    Does this mean the Z series is now defunct? Will the top of the line S series replace the Z series? If not, when can we expect the new Z series as it has been removed from all your global websites?

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    1. Gina wrote: June 17, 2011 2:20pm

      Hi Guest, The S series is not replacing the Z series, but instead in strengthening the 13” portfolio for VAIO :) Hope that info is helpful!

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  6. Anonymous wrote: March 13, 2011 10:21am

    good to know you are only posting positive comments….

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    1. Gina wrote: June 13, 2011 10:31am

      Hey Guest, Oh no. was something not posted. As long as it follows our guidelines we post. But if it’s customer service related, can I point you to the right folks? Thanks again for posting and always looking for feedback.

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  7. Anonymous wrote: March 14, 2011 6:47am

    I am planning on purchasing the new S Series but cannot seem to figure out if there is a fingerprint reader. In the video it certainly looks like there is, and online in the spec it shows that there is, but the gallery online doesn’t show one. Could you clarify? Thanks!

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    1. Anonymous wrote: March 14, 2011 10:25pm

      yes there is a fingerprint reader on this device

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      1. Gina wrote: June 13, 2011 11:28am

        Yep. All of the Premium S series models have fingerprint sensors. A tip on making sure if models do or not is check the model #. Any models beginning with “VPCSA” will have it. Models beginning with “VPCSB” do not have fingerprint sensor. Hope that info is helpful! :)

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  8. Anonymous wrote: March 16, 2011 12:29pm

    Does anyone know when the new S will become customizable. The Sony website says it is but will only let you pre-order 3 models. I’d like to build my own.

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    1. Anonymous wrote: March 22, 2011 2:18pm

      I also had this question and I called up Sony sales support. They are currently only shipping “ready-to-ship” models (the 3 you mentioned), but within a few weeks after the system is actually released, we should be able to customize it. I, like you, am waiting for that.

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  9. Anonymous wrote: March 17, 2011 9:16pm

    I am looking forward to get the newest S series, the website shows “Available on or about 03/25/2011. We will email you when product ships”. Today is 3/18 and I am just wondering do you guys have these in stock and will it be shipped out on time???
    When will these be available in Sony-style store?

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    1. Gina wrote: June 13, 2011 10:32am

      Hi Guest! these should be available now both in store and online. Let me know if this info is helpful and thanks for posting!

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  10. Anonymous wrote: March 22, 2011 1:07am

    when will this be available in australia?
    thanks

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    1. Gina wrote: June 13, 2011 10:34am

      Hi Guest. Thanks for posting and great question. For that info, I’d recommend checking out the Sony Australia website as they would be the folks who would best have that info. Hope this is helpful and thanks again!
      http://www.sony.com.au/

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  11. Anonymous wrote: March 28, 2011 7:59am

    Does anybody know when you can get these? Nobody at Sony Style or at the stores seems to know. I was told they would be in stores 3/25 and now they are telling me 4/18.

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    1. Gina wrote: June 13, 2011 10:34am

      Hi Guest – these should be available now :) w00t!

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  12. Anonymous wrote: March 29, 2011 5:26am

    The new Sony Vaio S series shot up to 1st place on my list after viewing its beautiful design, good specs and somewhat affordable pricing. However, an issue has been raised in some forums and now confirmed by two owners posting comments after a pro review from Australia of the SB. That issue is one of cooling. Apparently, the cooling vents for the S are on the bottom of the laptop? Is that correct? If so, it’s no wonder those users reported excessive heat and high fan noise. This would be my first Sony laptop, but there’s no way I can justify spending nearly $1,600 (SB, Warranty, Port Replicator) if I’m unsure that it will have overheating issues. Sony – please reply.

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    1. Gina wrote: June 17, 2011 2:21pm

      Hi Guest. thanks for posting.

      We acknowledge and investigate the concerns raised by all customers and with respect to the issues of cooling, our Engineering team conducted quality assurance testing before the launch of S series and conducted additional quality assurance testing after the customer concerns were communicated and we have found no quality issues with regards to cooling or any other thermal issues.

      Thanks again!

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  13. falbi23 wrote: March 30, 2011 4:44pm

    I can’t wait for mine to arrive! SSD is the way to go, especially if you are worried about overheating issues, although it is pricey.

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  14. Anonymous wrote: April 4, 2011 7:52pm

    I am waiting for the configurable SA in white to launch in CANADA. The SB is out but, the screen res on that one is not configurable and is low. Please, get those SA in white launched here! I will order mine the day they come out. Further why did Canada only get black and pink in the SB???

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  15. Anonymous wrote: April 10, 2011 4:25am

    Do not buy. You will waste your money. Its fan is very noisy and annoying. Nothing exceptional in this laptop for the associated price tag. I regret my deision to buy it.

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  16. Anonymous wrote: June 7, 2011 2:42am

    very nice,
    what is the model of this product?
    and how much?

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    1. Gina wrote: June 13, 2011 10:35am

      Hey Guest – this is the VAIO S series. It starts at around $999. thanks!

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  17. Anonymous wrote: June 13, 2011 8:25am

    microphone not available in vpc 16ff/gg

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    1. Gina wrote: June 17, 2011 2:14pm

      Hey Guest, you are right. There isn’t a microphone jack on the S series models but i tdoes features a built-in mic, and you can also connect a USB or Bluetooth microphone. Hope this info is helpful and thanks for posting!

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  18. Anonymous wrote: June 20, 2011 6:13am

    How is the wireless working on this PC? I’ve heard some concerns regarding the wireless card.

    I’m really like this PC and about to make the purchase. Wondering how easy for me to add the DDR3 myself. Will that be easy accessed from the back of the laptop?

    Last question, I like the white color on model VPCSB190X, however, it is really hard to find any inside pictures of the white model. The key board is white also? or black?

    Thanks for any replys in front.

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  19. Anonymous wrote: July 24, 2011 8:47pm

    Great product indeed … thanks to sony’s expertise in designed the stunning stuff.

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