Last Thursday, via a very intimate media gathering at their headquarters located at the Fort, Sony Philippines officially launched the new VAIO T Series along with two other stellar notebook lines and a couple of powerful digicams.
The elegant Sony VAIO T, which comes in 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch variants, meets Intel's qualifications for an Ultrabook - which means that they come not just with ultra-thin form factor and gorgeous metal enclosure but also with power similar to that of a full-fledged notebook.
Yes, that's brushed aluminum on the cover.
As you can see in the photos, unlike some of its rivals in the market, Sony VAIO T comes with almost a full range of ports including a LAN cable connector, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and one for HDMI, as well as Memory Stick and SD card slots, allowing you to connect easily and directly to the devices you need such as projectors, monitors or TVs without the inconvenience of micro connectors that require all those annoying dongles.
Out now in the Philippines, both variants are powered with 1.70 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U Processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.60 GHz and 4GB of RAM, which you can upgrade up to 8GB. Users also get a hybrid drive composed of 500 GB Serial ATA storage plus 32 GB solid state drive for faster data retrieval, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity support, and around 4.5 hours of battery life with regular use.
The 11.6-inch variant sells for only Php 47,999 -- that's already low for an ultrabook, really.
Here's 13.3-inch variant, which you can get for only Php 2,000 more! I like it!
There's the generously-sized multi-gesture touchpad that also happens to be a large clickable button.
Sony VAIO T has a built-in HD web camera powered by "Exmor for PC" delivering clearer and sharper stills and video chat images. You can also use this camera to interact with the ultrabook via Gesture Control using hand movements to flick through web pages or photo galleries, adjust music volume, or even to pause a slideshow or music playback.
Also, with the new "Rapid Wake + Eco" technology, there is no need to shut down Sony VAIO T anymore. The ultrabook resumes instantly from sleep mode letting you go back to where you left off in less than two seconds! To engage sleep and extend battery life, simply close the lid. It's that easy. Check out this demo video:
1. Sony VAIO T is easily one of the most handsome notebooks I've seen. The combination of brushed aluminum on the outside and anodized aluminum when you lift the cover is simply breathtaking. It's a VAIO, alright!
2. Measuring 17.8 millimeters at its thickest point and lacking tapered edges, this ultrabook is hardly the thinnest in the market. But I couldn't care less, really. I love that it looks robust and that it gives you this solid, durable feel when you hold it. In the ultrabook category, Sony VAIO T is clearly the tank and I'm sure a lot of users - especially those who don't like their notebooks looking too flimsy - will appreciate that.
3. Although not as thin as its competitors, amazingly - Sony VAIO T (weighing only 1.4 kilograms) is almost as light! I got the chance to carry and play with the 11-inch version, and I think professionals who are always on the go will love having it in their bag.
Looking forward to playing with this ultrabook more and letting you in on the experience. In the meantime, like what we always do here in TechPinas, I present the complete technical specifications of Sony VAIO T --
|Name||Sony Vaio T Series|
|Dimensions||11.6-inch: 297.0 x 17.8 x 214.5 mm |
13.3-inch: 323.0 x 17.8 x 226.0 mm
|Weight||11.6 inch: 1.42 kg (Including the supplied battery) |
13.3-inch: 1.60 kg (Including the supplied battery)
|Available Colors||Silver; Brushed Aluminum|
|Operating System||Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1 64bit (English Version)|
|Display||11.6 inch wide (WXGA: 1366 x 768) TFT colour display (VAIO Display, LED backlight) |
13.3 inch wide (WXGA: 1366 x 768) TFT colour display (VAIO Display, LED backlight)
|Processor||For both variants: Intel Core i5-3317U Processor 1.70 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.60 GHz |
Intel HM77 Express Chipset
|RAM||For both variants: 4 GB (4 GB (On Board)) DDR3L SDRAM (upgradeable up to 8 GB)|
|Hard Disk Drive||For both variants: 500 GB (Serial ATA, 5400 rpm) + SSD 32 GB|
|Graphics Card||Intel HD Graphics 4000|
|WiFi Support||Yes, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth V4.0 HS|
|Webcam||For both variants: HD web camera powered by "Exmor for PC" (Resolution: 1280 x 1024, Effective Pixels: 1.31 Mega pixels)|
|Audio||Intel High Definition Audio |
Internal, Stereo speakers
Internal, Monaural microphone
Sound Technology: "Clear Phase", "xLOUD"
|Ports||Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) port Type A Connector x 1, |
SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) with USB charge port Type A Connector x 1
Analogue RGB, Mini D-Sub 15 pin x 1
1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T x 1
HDMI Out x 1
Stereo, Mini Jack x 1
"Memory Stick Duo"("Memory Stick PRO" compatible, Not support for copyright protection)
SD memory card(SDHC, SDXC compatible, Not support for copyright protection)
|Battery and Uptime||For both variants: VGP-BPS30 Lithium-ion battery: up to 4.5 hours of use|
|Value-Added Features||VAIO Control Center, VAIO Gate, VAIO Gesture Control, WebCam Companion, Magic-i Visual Effects, Remote Keyboard, Remote Play with PlayStation, Remote Keyboard with PlayStation, Media Go, TrackID with BRAVIA|
|Announcement||June 21, 2012 in the Philippines|
|Availability||June 2012 in the Philippines|
|Price||For the 11.6-in: Php 47,999 |
For the 13.3-inch: Php 49,999