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Sony's ex-laptop range Vaio launches two very familiar convertible laptops

Launched in Japan with no plans to come to the UK
Tue Jul 01 2014, 11:43

VAIO, which no longer belongs to Sony because it was sold off earlier this year, has launched a range of laptops that are almost identical to the Sony Vaio Pro and Vaio Fit that Sony announced at IFA last year.

The very familiar laptops have so far been launched only in Japan, and Vaio said it has no plans to expand the range outside its home country.

Vaio's Laptop range without the Sony branding

With a "multi-flip" design, the Vaio Fit switches between laptop, tablet and viewer modes, so it is a convertible that switches between three different modes, a little similar in design to Acer's R7.

Powered by an Intel Core i7 4500U processor with up to 8GB of DDR3L SDRAM, the Vaio Fit also features an Intel HD Graphics 4400 chip for video gaming.

If it takes after its Sony branded counterpart, which is likely as it remains the same in every other respect apart from Sony branding, the Vaio Fit will offer a choice of three different display sizes of 13.3in, 14in and 15.5in, each with full HD 1080p 1920x1080 resolution and a wide screen 16:9 aspect ratio, all packed into a 14.3mm to 17.9mm thick chassis that weighs 1.2kg.

As for the Vaio Pro 13, the device tips the scales at 1.06kg and features a fourth generation Intel Haswell chip, Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system and a 13.3in HD 1080p touchscreen display.

Vaio CEO Takayuki Sekitori said that the two initial models were very well received.

Sony confirmed rumours in February of its plans to sell off its Vaio brand as it struggled to compete in the eroding PC market.

The announcement came during Sony's fiscal third quarter financial results, in which the firm revealed that it was going to sell its PC business and Vaio brand to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) to stem further losses by the failing unit, and to focus on its mobile and tablet device lines.

According to recent statistics from IDC, Sony's share of the PC market fell to just 1.9 percent in the third quarter of 2013, down from 2.3 percent a year earlier. µ


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