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Sony is looking to bring their own sort of tethering to their notebooks with the new ”Share My Connection” option on their Vaio Y & Vaio Z series. It allows up to five users in the US to share broadband from their laptops. The 3G will be provided by Verizon via a monthly contract. Both ultra-thin laptops feature a 13-inch LED display, and the Y series comes in a wide choice of choice of colors, with the Y Series having a Core i3 or i5 CPU option.

The Y & Z Series are available for pre-order now for $770 and $1950, respectively. A release date is unknown, but expected sometime this summer.

MEDIA ALERT: NEW SONY VAIO PCS DOUBLE AS WORLD’S FIRST MOBILE MULTIPLE HOTSPOTS

Subject: Media Alert: VAIO Z and Y Series Laptops Act as Hotspots for Up to Five Devices

WHAT: The VAIO Z and Y Series PCs are the world’s first out-of-the box laptops that act as a personal hotspot. Select models of these series feature the exclusive new Sony embedded wireless technology called Share My Connection™ (SMC). With SMC you can turn your laptop into a mobile wireless access point that can connect up to five other PCs or networked devices, such as smartphones, mp3 players, and cameras. A subscription is required.

WHO: A perfect built-in network solution for business travelers, those on-the-go or anyone looking to save some money by sharing a single network connection, Share My Connection is secure and lets you extend your connectivity with coworkers, friends, and family members.

The Z model offers premium portability and serious power. A breeze to carry at about 3.0 lbs, this PC features a durable carbon fiber and aluminum casing and delivers up to seven hours of battery life for true mobile freedom. It incorporates a 13.1-inch high-resolution LED backlit widescreen display, delivering a bright picture with 100 percent color saturation. The extremely thin unit also comes with an optical drive (Blu-ray optical drive optional).

Just in time for back-to-school season, the Y Series laptops comes in five new exciting colors including purple violet, fuchsia pink, pear green, teal blue and black. With a thin 1.2-inch profile and 13.3-inch LED backlit widescreen display, the sleek Y model offers lower power consumption for improved battery life for that active student lifestyle.

WHEN: Available now for pre-sale at www.sony.com/pr/smc and at select retailers around the country for about $770 for the VAIO Y Series and $1950 for the VAIO Z Series. To find the closest Sony Style store, please visit www.sonystyle.com.



Chris Gullo