There was an immeasurable distance between the quick and the dead: they did not seem to belong to the same species; and it was strange to think that but a little while before they had spoken and moved and eaten and laughed - W. Somerset Maugham
JAPANESE ELECTRONICS FIRM Sony has extended its Vaio E series laptop range, launching a line of super-portable 11in notebooks.
Sony's E Series 11 laptop is an 11.6in addition to the 15in and 17in E Series models that Sony announced last month, and is aimed at users who want to "stay mobile without sacrificing PC performance", the firm said.
Powered by an AMD dual-core E2-1800 APU clocked at 1.7GHz, the E Series 11 will come with integrated AMD Radeon HD 7340 graphics, 4GB of memory upgradeable to 8GB and a 500GB SATA hard drive.
The 11.6in Vaio display supports 1366x768 resolution, but the system can drive an external display at up to 1920x1200 via its VGA or HDMI outputs.
Sony claims the E Series 11 will offer up to six hours of battery life from a single charge and will support the smartphone charge function that tops up your mobile devices' battery via USB even when the laptop is switched off.
With a weight of 1.5kg, the notebook is heavier than some larger ultrabook models, but weighs 100g lighter than Sony's own 13in ultrabook, the Vaio T13.
Connectivity wise, there are one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI out, your standard 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, gigabit Ethernet, and a memory card slot supporting both SD Card and Sony's own Memory Stick flash storage cards.
As expected, there's also an HD web camera powered by 'Exmor for PC' "for clearer, crisper web chats".
Sony's new 11in laptop is available in white or black from Sony Centres and Sony retail partner outlets, priced from £399. It will ship with the 64bit edition of Windows 7 Home Premium by default, but Sony said configurations vary. µ
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