Sony unveils new VAIOs
Pro 13/11 and Duo 13 target both work and play markets
Sony MEA today launched new additions to its VAIO range: the VAIO Duo 13 and VAIO Pro 13/11.
The new slider PC, VAIO Duo 13, and mobile VAIO Pro 13/11 complete the company's summer 2013 VAIO line-up.
"Our goal with these innovative models is to provide a fresh perspective on PCs," said Kazutoyo Araki, head, IT Marketing Division, Sony Middle East and Africa FZE.
"We have achieved this through various factors including creative design and Sony's unparalleled visual and audio technologies. Our main aim is to introduce devices into the market that portray the ideal balance between work and play. An example of this is the VAIO Duo 13's convenient design where consumers can use the slate mode either for presentations or playing music, and the keyboard mode for easy editing of documents."
VAIO Pro 13/11
According to Sony, the VAIO Pro 13 is the lightest touch-capable Ultrabook in its respective class. By using carbon fibre throughout the case, the touch-enabled VAIO Pro 11 achieves a weight of approximately 0.770 kg, while the VAIO Pro 13 weighs about 1.060 kg.
VAIO Pro 13's and 11's uni-direction carbon-fibre bodies and Hexa-shell designs provide additional durability.
The Pro 13 and 11 are also designed to offer a wide key pitch and stroke to allow for a natural typing experience. Additionally, the Pro models both include a palm rest that gradually merges into the desk allowing for "unrivalled" comfort while typing, Sony said.
TRILUMINOS Display for mobile allows users access to a wide palette of colours through Sony's BRAVIA technology. This is combined with a full-HD display and Sony's resolution technology, X-Reality for mobile. X-Reality for mobile analyses each image and reproduces lacking pixels to optimise video sharpness.
"These technologies fuse with the audio-enhancing ClearAudio+ mode to offer an audio-visual experience that cannot be easily replicated," Sony said. "ClearAudio+ mode was developed with Sony's own signal processing technologies and makes it easy to enjoy Sony's recommended sound."
VAIO Duo 13
VAIO Duo 13 is a slider hybrid Ultrabook that provides "a unique form as well as accurate and nifty pen solutions", Sony said.
The Duo 13's Surf Slider design is aimed at a smooth transition between slate and keyboard form factors. Sliding the screen back while in slate mode reveals a keyboard and a touch pad and returning it to its original position puts the VAIO Duo 13 back in slate mode, favouring touch and pen manipulation. The slate mode allows users to operate VAIO Duo 13 by touch or with its digitiser stylus, while the keyboard mode accommodates conventional PC usage.
The VAIO Duo 13 is active even during sleep and offers prolonged battery life.
"The Duo 13's standby technology offers several advantages," Sony said. "For instance, VAIO Duo 13's constant connection to the Internet, even while in sleep mode, gives it the ability to continue updating applications and receiving emails. What's more, VAIO Duo 13's ability to wake from sleep mode in less than one second eliminates the need to wait for the PC to resume.
"Nevertheless, the most incredible part of this technology is that VAIO Duo 13 has the ability to provide these benefits without compromising on battery life. In fact, VAIO Duo 13 has the longest battery life compared to any Ultrabook."
VAIO Duo 13's 8-megapixel built-in rear camera featuring the "Exmor RS for PC" image sensor has made it possible - for the first time, Sony claims - to take images of documents clear enough for the computer to recognise and tag text. This ability, combined with the CamScanner application, allows the VAIO Duo 13 to be used as a scanner for snapping, tagging and saving pictures of documents. CamScanner also has the ability to straighten images of documents and photos taken at odd angles, allowing individuals to focus on shooting photos of important material instead of lining up the perfect shot.
The Duo 13's OptiContrast panel is designed for a more accurate and natural writing experience when using the digitiser stylus. The stylus allows the taking of notes in the application, Note Anytime for VAIO, or creation of material in Active Clip, using pictures stored on the PC.
The Duo 13 also features the TRILUMINOS Display, Sony BRAVIA technology, ClearAudio+ mode, X-Reality and full HD features of the Pro 13 and 11.
One Touch Functions
With One-touch listening, included in all of the summer 2013 VAIO models, users can transfer music playing on their VAIO to a wide variety of NFC (near-field communication) compatible devices and continue playing the song right where they left off.
The new VAIO Duo 13 and VAIO Pro 13/11 will be available in the UAE by the end of June. However, the Ultrabooks can be pre-booked until 26 June at select electronic retailers.