Sony reveals VAIO S series of notebooks


Claiming a “perfect balance of performance and mobility,” the Sony VAIO S series of notebooks not only come with either an Intel i5 or i7 processor, but also with two graphics processors that change based on the application being run using the nVidia GeForce GT 640M LE GPU with dedicated VRAM. The two modes that you can set the VAIO S laptops to are “Speed” for faster performance and “Stamina” if you want to increase your battery life.

The VAIO S can run up to six hours on a full battery charge, but an optional extended battery can stretch the battery life to a maximum of 12 hours. For even more battery life, there is also a dedicated battery charger that allows you to recharge the extended battery, allowing those on the go to have almost indefinite battery life. The VAIO S can also function as a USB charger even when in sleep mode or powered off, so you can plug in your smartphone into its USB 3.0 socket for it to charge. The design, although not conforming to the thinning of most notebooks, weighs only 1.67 kg and is only 22.8 mm thick, making it just as portable as the slimmer ultrabooks.

Some new features of the VAIO S include the xLOUD and Clear Phase technologies that allow for a clearer and more crisp audio experience. You can also switch to Dolby Home Theater V4 for cinema quality audio whether you’re listening through your headphones, external speakers or its built-in speakers.

Other new features regarding video chat are the new HD webcam powered by Exmor for PC, which allow a clear and bright image even in complete darkness. In addition, the camera doubles as Gesture Control, similar to the PlayStation Move or the Xbox Kinect. Certain hand movements can be done to control certain applications, although it only works for a few applications at the moment, including Sony Media Gallery, Windows Media Player, and Internet Explorer 9.

The VAIO S series will be available in June 2012 for a SRP of Php59,999 or Php79,999 depending on the specs.