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Sony launches sub 1.2kg VAIO Z

So what about the rest of the specifications? Well, if you have a look at the picture below you'll notice that this isn't your average notebook. As we mentioned it packs a standard 35W mobile Sandy Bridge CPU and once again there will be various options on offer depending on the market, but we've seen Core i5 and i7 configuration options. The CPU can be paired up with 4 or 8GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory, but Sony is using proprietary memory modules, so forget about upgrading this at a later stage. Do note that the CPU is cooled by a pair of fans an there are two small fan vents at the bottom of the notebook.

Storage is SSD only and once again we're looking at a few different potential options ranging from 128 to 512GB and for some reason Sony has seen fit to charge extra for SATA 6Gbps SSDs in some markets, which seems a bit stingy on what is already a very expensive model. Of course the VAIO Z also comes with integrated 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, although we're somewhat surprised that Sony only added Bluetooth 2.1 support. An optional 3G card is also available in selected markets.

The VAIO Z sports a pair of internal battery packs which the company claim will last up to 7h, but if this isn't good enough, an external battery slice is also available as an option. The battery slice is said to add another 7h of battery life.

This brings us to the price, well, in Taiwan you're looking at a whopping NT$94,800 (S$4,050/US$3,269), but that configuration includes a Core i7-2620M, 8GB of RAM, a pair of 128GB SSDs in RAID 0 and the Power Media Dock with the Blu-ray writer. Expect more affordable models to arrive as well, but you'd have to check in your local market for the exact pricing.

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