Sony has announced two new model additions to its VAIO E lineup with the VAIO E Series 15 and 17, which are two larger models than its previously released VAIO E Series 14p. These two new additions don’t come with Ivy Bridge power, but do feature larger displays (15.5 inches and 17.3 inches) and have an optional Blu-ray player on the larger model, making them more entertainment focused. Both new VAIO E Series models run Intel Core i5-2450M CPUS and handle graphics with an AMD Radeon 7650M GPU and either 1GB or 2GB of VRAM depending on the model and include a 750GB hard drive spinning at 5,400 RPM, plus a built-in webcam, USB 3.0 with a sleep-charge feature, HDMI, Bluetooth and WiFi.
Sony also announced that their business-focused VAIO S and VAIO Z lines will be upgraded to include Ivy Bridge processing power. The VAIO S will be available in 13.5- and 15.5-inch models that have backlit keyboards and a thin design featuring aluminum, magnesium or carbon fiber (depending on the model). The VAIO S 13 will come with a choice of Core i5 or Core i7 processors, while the VAIO S 15 runs an Intel Core i7-3612QM with 8GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GT640M LE GPU (along with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 chip). Both will feature SSD options.
The VAIO Z will also come in 13-and 15-inch versions, with the 13.1-inch model featuring Core i7 CPU and 8GB of RAM, while the bigger one switches out the 1TB hard drive for a 256GB SSD. This model is supposed to be Sony’s fastest notebook ever, and certain configurations will offer 3G/LTE connectivity. The optional Power Media Dock will add an optical drive an AMD Radeon HD 7670M graphics (the notebook itself is limited to Intel HD Graphics 4000).
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