vaio t13 1 Sony launches VAIO T Ultrabooks, uses wrong CPU

Intel's Ultrabook branding doesn't really matter all that much for some notebook makers, as they've been making ultra-thin notebooks for years and one of those companies are Sony. Despite this, Sony has announced a pair of VAIO T series Ultrabooks with 11.6 or 13.3-inch displays and a few other interesting features, but sadly Sony is about a month too early, as we end up with a Sandy Bridge CPU rather than Ivy Bridge.

Intel's Ultrabook branding doesn't really matter all that much for some notebook makers, as they've been making ultra-thin notebooks for years and one of those companies are Sony. Despite this, Sony has announced a pair of VAIO T series Ultrabooks with 11.6 or 13.3-inch displays and a few other interesting features, but sadly Sony is about a month too early, as we end up with a Sandy Bridge CPU rather than Ivy Bridge.

Not much is known about the VAIO T11 which is the 11.6-inch model, but it should at least share some of its features with the larger VAIO T13. For whatever reason, Sony only saw fit to kit out the new VAIO T13 with a meagre Core i3-2367M CPU which is a paltry 1.4GHz chip with no turbo boost. The press release didn't make a mention of a chipset, but it's possible that we're looking at the UM77 chipset, or one of the other announced 7-series models. Why? Well, we'd guess it would make a lot of sense to stick a low-end Sandy Bridge CPU in the VAIO T13 if Sony was planning on higher-end versions with Ivy Bridge in a months' time, as at least the company can try to build up some hype in the meantime.

vaio t13 1 Sony launches VAIO T Ultrabooks, uses wrong CPU

Another no so impressive feature is the inclusion of a 320GB 5,400rpm hard drive, although Sony has at least also fitted a 32GB mSATA SSD for some caching action. The 13-inch in display is a standard 1366×768 model, rather than something a bit more appealing. Sony has also included 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a USB 3.0 and a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI and D-sub connector, a memory card reader, a combined headphone/mic jack, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a 1.3Megapixel webcam.

vaio t13 2 Sony launches VAIO T Ultrabooks, uses wrong CPU

The overall design on the VAIO T looks a lot like the much more impressive VAIO Z and the screen hinge design is nigh-on identical as the laptop ends up resting on the bottom of the screen when in use. That said, at 1.6kg, the VAIO T13 is a fair bit heavier, but this should be a much more affordable model from Sony, although no pricing was announced. The press release is hinting on SSD only versions and we'll have to wait and see what the T11 has to bring to the table, but so far we're not overly impressed with the T13, but a sprinkle of Ivy Bridge might change our mind in a months' time or so.