Two New VAIO Hybrid Laptops That Rise From Sony's Ashes

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Remember Sony decided to sell off its entire PC business? Well, VAIO prototypes first shown off last year are now a reality; say hello to the VAIO Z and VAIO Z Canvas, two hybrid laptops that resurrect the flagship range in the post-Sony world.

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The first is the 13.3-inch VAIO Z convertible ultrabook (above and immediately below). Its aluminum-carbon shell houses a second -generation high-speed SSD, fifth-generation Core i7 processor, and a battery that offers 15.5 hours of use—all weighing in at 1.34kg and measuring in at 16.8mm thick. It's claimed the computer can boot from standby in 0.3 seconds. The Z also features a 'multiflip' mode that allows you to switch between tablet, laptop, and 'viewing mode'—where the screen faces away from the laptop. Available for pre-order today, in Japan at least, it should cost around $1,600.

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Elsewhere, the VAIO Z Canvas (below) features a 12.1-inch display and detachable keyboard. In fact, that display is pretty impressive, packing in 2560 x 1704 pixels and covering 95 percent of the Adobe RGB color gamut, which should make it fairly attractive for creatives. Indeed, there's to be a digitizer stylus and up to 1TB of storage inside, too. Other details are are scarce, but the device will be available from May. Early reports suggested it may cost up to $1,800, though—so it may not suit everyone's pocket.

Engadget reports that, during a presentation to show off the new laptops, Sony were kee to point out that the 'Z' stands for zero. This is clearly a new start; all that remains to be seen is whether it's a good one. [Engadget]

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DISCUSSION

thegregorius
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Any details on how the 'multiflip' hinge is constructed?

I used to own a HP tx2020 laptop/slate hybrid way back in the Vista days, and apart from the standard HP issues (shoddy plastic, noisy fans, a graphics card mounted upside down that would become hot enough to dislodge itself from the motherboard) my main concern was how unstable that single hinge in the middle was. It also had the "viewing" mode, with the screen rotated 180 degrees. Whenever you turned the screen around, it felt like it would break, and once in position, the screen would wobble a lot. I have higher trust in Vaio engineers than in HP engineers to solve this, but it would be interesting to find out what their solution looks like.