Sony VAIO Duo 13 and VAIO Pro 13/11 Ultrabook

[Technology]

Sony Malaysia announced new additions to the 2013 VAIO line-up with the introduction of VAIO® Duo 13 and VAIO® Pro 13/11 at the press launch at Aloft KL Sentral on 10 July 2013. The launch featured a new slider hybrid PC – VAIO® Duo 13 which is both a tablet and a laptop, and the ultra-portable VAIO® Pro 13/11 are designed to complement and enhance individuals’ lifestyles, and completes the 2nd quarter of 2013 VAIO line-up with the existing entertainment-centered VAIO® Fit 14.

The VAIO® Duo 13 and VAIO® Pro 13/11 showcases Sony’s innovative display, digital imaging, and sound technology, as well as provides some new personal computing experiences. “Our aim with these unique new models is to provide customers with a variety of new ways to use their PCs. We have achieved this by combining powerful Sony technologies with new form factors,” said Satoshi Hatano, Director of Sony Malaysia, “We’re aiming to make devices that will enhance and enrich individuals’ lifestyles in both work and play. One example of this is the VAIO® Duo 13’s camera functionality. It has the ability to take crisp images of documents using the computer’s camera as if it were a scanner. Images are clear enough to recognize and tag text, allowing for easier, more effective and efficient searching and editing.”  

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Jeremy Teo from Red FM was the MC for the event

Jeremy Teo from Red FM was the MC for the event

After the customary speechs, the new VAIO models were introduced!

After the customary speechs, the new VAIO models were introduced!

Product demo of the VAIO Duo 13 which is both a tablet and an ultrabook running on Windows 8 64 bit.

Product demo of the VAIO Duo 13 which is both a tablet and an ultrabook running on Windows 8 64 bit by Sony’s Shoko Miura from Japan.

The new models - VAIO Duo 13, Pro and Fit

The new models – VAIO Duo 13, Pro and Fit

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The product that caught everyone’s attention was the Sony VAIO Duo 13 – pictured here in laptop mode (left) and in the tablet mode (right). It’s able to change mode with just a slide of the LCD display

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In both modes you can use the digitizer stylus the operate VAIO® Duo 13 or if you prefer just use your fingers.

Use whiever mode you prefer or change modes in just a second depending on the situation.

Use whiever mode you prefer or change modes in just a second depending on the situation.

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There was always the issue of the tablet being the most portable but not very practical when it comes to work whereby wjhile the laptop was good for work it was a pain to carry around.

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Franklene showing off her “masterpiece” created with the stylus.

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The keyboard mode perfectly accommodates conventional PC usage such as quickly editing documents. The convenience of slate mode, combined with the efficiency of keyboard mode, creates a really versatile and practical mobile PC.

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The battery life is 15 hours based on MobileMark® 2007. This is equal to 18 hours in JEITA-BAT1.0, 11 hours in JEITA-BAT1.0 (a) and 10 hours in MobileMark® 2012. The actual battery run time will vary depending on the settings and usage condition.

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The VAIO® Duo 13 can maintain constant connection to the internet, even while in sleep mode, giving it the ability to continue updating applications and receive emails when it’s asleep. It’s also able to wake from sleep mode in less than one second eliminates the need to wait for the PC to resume.

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VAIO® Duo 13’s 8 megapixel built-in rear camera featuring the “Exmor RS for PC” image sensor has made it possible to take images of documents clear enough for the computer to recognize and tag text in photos taken of documents and blackboards. This ability, combined with the “CamScanner” application, allows the VAIO® Duo 13 to be used as if it were a scanner. “CamScanner” also has the ability to straighten images of documents and photos taken at odd angles (by automaticlally adjusting the keystone); so users just need to focus on taking photos of important material instead of lining up the perfect shot.

VAIO® Duo 13’s OptiContrast™ panel allows for a more accurate and natural writing experience when using the digitizer stylus. The digitizer stylus enables users to take notes in the memo taking application, “Note Anytime for VAIO,” or easily create their own works in “Active Clip” using pictures stored on their PC. You can even impress your clients by using it when giving PowerPoint presentations!

The TRILUMINOS® Display for mobile allows users access to a wide palette of rich natural colors thanks to Sony’s BRAVIA expertise (tech from their TVs). This technology has made it possible to express differences in colour more accurately. It can display the subtle differences of various reds, blues, and greens, as well as emerald green. For example, TRILUMINOS® Display for mobile has the ability to reproduce the variety of reds found in a rose or blues in the sky.

The full HD display combined with Sony’s super resolution technology, X-Reality™ for mobile, analyzes each image and reproduces lacking pixels to optimize quality for the sharpest videos. It analyzes elements depending on the scene and adjusts them based on pattern, outline and color composition. It strengthens subtle patterns and accurately portrays their detailed feel, as well as reinforces bold outlines. It also enhances color composition, vividly reproducing hard-to-display natural colors.

But what is great picture without great sound quality and Sony ensures a complete AV experience by including the ClearAudio+ mode which was developed with Sony’s own signal processing technologies.

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Product Specs

DUO 13
SVD13211SG (Touch)
color black & white
Price 4999
Operating System Windows 8 Single Language 64 bit (English Version)
Architecture Intel® Core™ i5-4200U Processor 1.60 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.60 GHz*1
Main Memory 4 GB (4 GB (On Board)) LPDDR3 SDRAM*2 (Max)
Storage SSD: 128 GB*3 (128 GB x 1, Serial ATA)
Optical Disc Drive
Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 4400
Display 13.3 inch wide (Full HD: 1920 x 1080) TFT colour display (TRILUMINOS DISPLAY for mobile, LED backlight, Touch screen(Capacitive), OptiContrast™ Panel)
X-Reality for mobile, Color mode setting (Vivid, Natural, Text)
NFC function Yes
Camera Full HD web camera powered by “Exmor R for pc” (Resolution: 1920 x 1080, Effective Pixels: 2.07 Mega pixels)
8M Camera powered by “Exmor RS for pc” (Resolution: 3264 x 2448, Effective Pixels: 7.99 Mega pixels)
Audio ClearAudio+ mode (Music, Video), S-FORCE Front Surround 3D, “Clear Phase”, “xLOUD”,  “VPT”, “Voice Zoom”, “Sound Optimizer”*9, Playback during sleep mode
Battery Life VGP-BPS36 Lithium-ion battery: up to 11.0 hours of use*10
Size 330 x 9.2 (maximum 19.5) x 210 mm
1.325 kg (including the supplied battery)

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Ultrabook™ VAIO® Pro 13/11

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Jeremy and I trying out the VAIO Pro’s HD webcam which is powered by the “EXMOR R for PC” which provides a 1280 x 720 resolution.

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Equipped with 2x USB 3.0ports and a HDMI port

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The VAIO® Pro 13/11 also features a wide key pitch and stroke to allow for an extremely natural typing experience, while providing a unique palm rest that gradually merges into the desk allowing for better comfort and less strain while typing.

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Extremely light and portable starting from only 0.87kg and achieves this by using carbon fiber throughout the case. (Lighter than a women’s magazine!)

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This somehow reminds me of the 2009 Pixar movie “Up”.

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The VIAO Pro 13/11 also features the TRILUMINOS® Display for mobile and ClearAudio+ mode.

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Product Specs

PRO
SVP11216SG (Touch) SVP13213SG (Touch) SVP13218PGB (Touch)
Colour Black & Silver Black & Silver Black
Price 3599 3799 4999
Operating System Windows 8 Single Language 64 bit (English Version) Windows 8 Single Language 64 bit (English Version) Windows 8 Pro 64 bit (English Version)
Architecture Intel® Core™ i5-4200U Processor 1.60 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.60 GHz*1 Intel® Core™ i5-4200U Processor 1.60 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.60 GHz*1 Intel® Core™ i7-4500U Processor 1.80 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.00 GHz*1
Main Memory 4 GB (4 GB (On Board)) DDR3 SDRAM*2 (Max) 4 GB (4 GB (On Board)) DDR3 SDRAM*2 (Max) 4 GB (4 GB (On Board)) DDR3 SDRAM*2 (Max)
Storage SSD:128 GB*3 (128 GB x 1, Serial ATA) SSD:128 GB*3 (128 GB x 1, PCI Express x 4) SSD:256 GB*3 (256 GB x 1, PCI Express x 4)
Optical Disc Drive
Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 4400 Intel® HD Graphics 4400 Intel® HD Graphics 4400
Display 11.6 inch wide (Full HD: 1920 x 1080) TFT colour display (TRILUMINOS DISPLAY for mobile, LED backlight, Touch screen(Capacitive)) 13.3 inch wide (Full HD: 1920 x 1080) TFT colour display (TRILUMINOS DISPLAY for mobile, LED backlight, Touch screen(Capacitive)) 13.3 inch wide (Full HD: 1920 x 1080) TFT colour display (TRILUMINOS DISPLAY for mobile, LED backlight, Touch screen(Capacitive))
X-Reality for mobile, Color mode setting (Vivid, Natural, Text) X-Reality for mobile, Color mode setting (Vivid, Natural, Text) X-Reality for mobile, Color mode setting (Vivid, Natural, Text)
NFC function Yes Yes Yes
Camera HD web camera powered by “Exmor R for pc” (Resolution: 1280 x 720, Effective Pixels: 0.92 Mega pixels) HD web camera powered by “Exmor R for pc” (Resolution: 1280 x 720, Effective Pixels: 0.92 Mega pixels) HD web camera powered by “Exmor R for pc” (Resolution: 1280 x 720, Effective Pixels: 0.92 Mega pixels)
Audio ClearAudio+ mode (Music, Video), S-FORCE Front Surround 3D, “Clear Phase”, “xLOUD”,  “VPT”, “Voice Zoom”, “Sound Optimizer” ClearAudio+ mode (Music, Video), S-FORCE Front Surround 3D, “Clear Phase”, “xLOUD”,  “VPT”, “Voice Zoom”, “Sound Optimizer” ClearAudio+ mode (Music, Video), S-FORCE Front Surround 3D, “Clear Phase”, “xLOUD”,  “VPT”, “Voice Zoom”, “Sound Optimizer”
Battery Life VGP-BPS37 Lithium-ion battery: up to 7.5 hours of use*9 VGP-BPS38 Lithium-ion battery: up to 8.5 hours of use*9 VGP-BPS38 Lithium-ion battery: up to 8.5 hours of use*9
Size 285 x 13.2 (maximum 17.2) x 197 mm 322 x 12.8 (maximum 17.2) x 216 mm 322 x 12.8 (maximum 17.2) x 216 mm
0.87 kg (including the supplied battery) 1.06 kg (including the supplied battery) 1.06 kg (including the supplied battery)

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VAIO Fit and Fit E

The new VAIO Fit and VAIO Fit E models offer a wide range of touch-enabled notebooks to suit your needs and budget and are available in 14” screen size and is powered by Sony’s visual and audio technology.

The new VAIO Fit and VAIO Fit E models offer a wide range of touch-enabled notebooks to suit your needs and budget and are available in 14” screen size and is powered by Sony’s visual and audio technology.

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With One-touch listening, included in all of the new VAIO models, users can seamlessly transfer music playing on their VAIO to an NFC (Near Field Communication) compatible Bluetooth Speaker.

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Available in a variety of colours!

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Product Specs

FIT E
SVF14212SGW SVF14217SG (Touch) SVF14218SGW SVF14219SG (Touch) SVF1421MSG
Colour White Black, Pink & White White Black, Pink & White Black & Whtie
Price 1999 2299 2399 2699 1599
Operating System Windows 8 Single Language 64 bit (English Version) Windows 8 Single Language 64 bit (English Version) Windows 8 Single Language 64 bit (English Version) Windows 8 Single Language 64 bit (English Version) Windows 8 Single Language 64 bit (English Version)
Architecture Intel® Core™ i3-3217U Processor 1.80 GHz*1 Intel® Core™ i3-3227U Processor 1.90 GHz*1 Intel® Core™ i5-3337U Processor 1.80 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.70 GHz*1 Intel® Core™ i5-3337U Processor 1.80 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.70 GHz*1 Intel® Pentium® Processor 987 (1.50 GHz)*1
Main Memory 2 GB (2 GB (SO-DIMM) x 1) DDR3L SDRAM*2 (upgradeable up to 8 GB*3) 4 GB (4 GB (SO-DIMM) x 1) DDR3L SDRAM*2 (upgradeable up to 8 GB*3) 4 GB (4 GB (SO-DIMM) x 1) DDR3L SDRAM*2 (upgradeable up to 8 GB*3) 4 GB (4 GB (SO-DIMM) x 1) DDR3L SDRAM*2 (upgradeable up to 8 GB*3) 2 GB (2 GB (SO-DIMM) x 1) DDR3 SDRAM*2 (upgradeable up to 8 GB*3)
Storage HDD: 500 GB*4 (Serial ATA, 5400 rpm) HDD:500 GB*4 (Serial ATA, 5400 rpm) HDD: 500 GB*4 (Serial ATA, 5400 rpm) HDD:750 GB*4 (Serial ATA, 5400 rpm) HDD:500 GB*4 (Serial ATA, 5400 rpm)
Optical Disc Drive DVD SuperMulti Drive DVD SuperMulti Drive DVD SuperMulti Drive DVD SuperMulti Drive DVD SuperMulti Drive
Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 4000 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 740M with NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology / Intel® HD Graphics 4000 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 740M with NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology / Intel® HD Graphics 4000 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 740M with NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology / Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Intel® HD Graphics
1 GB DDR3 1 GB DDR3 2 GB DDR3
Display 14 inch wide (WXGA: 1366 x 768) TFT colour display (LED backlight) 14 inch wide (WXGA: 1366 x 768) TFT colour display (LED backlight, Touch screen(Capacitive)) 14 inch wide (WXGA: 1366 x 768) TFT colour display (LED backlight) 14 inch wide (WXGA: 1366 x 768) TFT colour display (LED backlight, Touch screen(Capacitive)) 14 inch wide (WXGA: 1366 x 768) TFT colour display (LED backlight)
Color mode setting (Vivid, Natural, Text) Color mode setting (Vivid, Natural, Text) Color mode setting (Vivid, Natural, Text) Color mode setting (Vivid, Natural, Text) Color mode setting (Vivid, Natural, Text)
NFC function Yes Yes Yes
Camera HD web camera powered by “Exmor R for PC” (Resolution: 1280 x 720, Effective Pixels: 0.92 Mega pixels) HD web camera powered by “Exmor R for PC” (Resolution: 1280 x 720, Effective Pixels: 0.92 Mega pixels) HD web camera powered by “Exmor R for PC” (Resolution: 1280 x 720, Effective Pixels: 0.92 Mega pixels) HD web camera powered by “Exmor R for PC” (Resolution: 1280 x 720, Effective Pixels: 0.92 Mega pixels) HD web camera powered by “Exmor R for PC” (Resolution: 1280 x 720, Effective Pixels: 0.92 Mega pixels)
Audio ClearAudio+ mode (Music, Video), S-FORCE Front Surround 3D, Clear Phase, xLOUD, VPT ClearAudio+ mode (Music, Video), S-FORCE Front Surround 3D, Clear Phase, xLOUD, VPT ClearAudio+ mode (Music, Video), S-FORCE Front Surround 3D, Clear Phase, xLOUD, VPT ClearAudio+ mode (Music, Video), S-FORCE Front Surround 3D, Clear Phase, xLOUD, VPT ClearAudio+ mode (Music, Video), S-FORCE Front Surround 3D, Clear Phase, xLOUD, VPT
Battery Life VGP-BPS35A Lithium-ion battery: up to 4.0 hours of use*9 VGP-BPS35A Lithium-ion battery: up to 4.0 hours of use*9 VGP-BPS35A Lithium-ion battery: up to 4.0 hours of use*9 VGP-BPS35A Lithium-ion battery: up to 4.0 hours of use*9 VGP-BPS35A Lithium-ion battery: up to 4.0 hours of use*9
Size 342 x 24.9 x 242.5 mm 342 x 25.9 x 242.5 mm 342 x 24.9 x 242.5 mm 342 x 25.9 x 242.5 mm 342 x 24.9 x 242.5 mm
2.2 kg (including the supplied battery) 2.4 kg (including the supplied battery) 2.2 kg (including the supplied battery) 2.4 kg (including the supplied battery) 2.2 kg (including the supplied battery)
Fit E
SVF14219SG (Touch) SVF1421MSG
Colour Black, Pink & White Black & Whtie
Price 2699 1599
Operating System Windows 8 Single Language 64 bit (English Version) Windows 8 Single Language 64 bit (English Version)
Architecture Intel® Core™ i5-3337U Processor 1.80 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.70 GHz*1 Intel® Pentium® Processor 987 (1.50 GHz)*1
Main Memory 4 GB (4 GB (SO-DIMM) x 1) DDR3L SDRAM*2 (upgradeable up to 8 GB*3) 2 GB (2 GB (SO-DIMM) x 1) DDR3 SDRAM*2 (upgradeable up to 8 GB*3)
Storage HDD:750 GB*4 (Serial ATA, 5400 rpm) HDD:500 GB*4 (Serial ATA, 5400 rpm)
Optical Disc Drive DVD SuperMulti Drive DVD SuperMulti Drive
Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 740M with NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology / Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Intel® HD Graphics
2 GB DDR3
Display 14 inch wide (WXGA: 1366 x 768) TFT colour display (LED backlight, Touch screen(Capacitive)) 14 inch wide (WXGA: 1366 x 768) TFT colour display (LED backlight)
Color mode setting (Vivid, Natural, Text) Color mode setting (Vivid, Natural, Text)
NFC function Yes
Camera HD web camera powered by “Exmor R for PC” (Resolution: 1280 x 720, Effective Pixels: 0.92 Mega pixels) HD web camera powered by “Exmor R for PC” (Resolution: 1280 x 720, Effective Pixels: 0.92 Mega pixels)
Audio ClearAudio+ mode (Music, Video), S-FORCE Front Surround 3D, Clear Phase, xLOUD, VPT ClearAudio+ mode (Music, Video), S-FORCE Front Surround 3D, Clear Phase, xLOUD, VPT
Battery Life VGP-BPS35A Lithium-ion battery: up to 4.0 hours of use*9 VGP-BPS35A Lithium-ion battery: up to 4.0 hours of use*9
Size 342 x 25.9 x 242.5 mm 342 x 24.9 x 242.5 mm
2.4 kg (including the supplied battery) 2.2 kg (including the supplied battery)
FIT
SVF14A15SG (Touch) SVF14A16SGS (Touch)
Colour Black & Silver Silver
Price 3299 3999
Operating System Windows 8 Single Language 64 bit (English Version) Windows 8 Single Language 64 bit (English Version)
Architecture Intel® Core™ i5-3337U Processor 1.80 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.70 GHz*1 Intel® Core™ i7-3537U Processor 2 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.10 GHz*1
Main Memory 4 GB (4 GB (On Board)) DDR3L SDRAM*2 (Max) 8 GB (4 GB (On Board) + 4 GB (SO-DIMM) x 1) DDR3L SDRAM*2 (Max)
Storage Hybrid HDD 750 GB*3 (HDD 750 GB + NAND Flash Memory for cache 8 GB*4, Serial ATA, 5400 rpm) Hybrid HDD 750 GB*3 (HDD 750 GB + NAND Flash Memory for cache 8 GB*4, Serial ATA, 5400 rpm)
Optical Disc Drive DVD SuperMulti Drive DVD SuperMulti Drive
Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 735M with NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology / Intel® HD Graphics 4000 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 735M with NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology / Intel® HD Graphics 4000
2 GB DDR3 2 GB DDR3
Display 14 inch wide (WXGA++: 1600 x 900) TFT colour display (LED backlight, Touch screen(Capacitive)) 14 inch wide (WXGA++: 1600 x 900) TFT colour display (LED backlight, Touch screen(Capacitive))
Color mode setting (Vivid, Natural, Text) Color mode setting (Vivid, Natural, Text)
NFC function Yes Yes
Camera HD web camera powered by “Exmor R for PC” (Resolution: 1280 x 720, Effective Pixels: 0.92 Mega pixels) HD web camera powered by “Exmor R for PC” (Resolution: 1280 x 720, Effective Pixels: 0.92 Mega pixels)
Audio ClearAudio+ mode (Music, Video), S-FORCE Front Surround 3D, ClearPhase, xLOUD, VPT ClearAudio+ mode (Music, Video), S-FORCE Front Surround 3D, ClearPhase, xLOUD, VPT
Battery Life VGP-BPS34 Lithium-ion battery: up to 4.5 hours of use*10 VGP-BPS34 Lithium-ion battery: up to 4.5 hours of use*10
Size 338 x 22.1 x 235.7 mm 338 x 22.1 x 235.7 mm
2.2 kg (including the supplied battery) 2.2 kg (including the supplied battery)

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Sony’s latest range does provide something for everyone no matter for work or play and it looks like this will be the next trend in mobile computing.

More info at http://www.sony.com.my

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