Sony has unveiled a new range of Vaio Z ultra-portable laptops that promises to raise the performance bar beyond everything ever packed in such a tiny form factor.
The two models currently available, the VAIO VPCZ11Z9E and the VAIO VPCZ11X9E, come with a Intel Core processor, a 13.1-inch LCD backlit monitor, 1GB Nvidia Geforce GT330M, built-in optical Blu-ray drive, HDMI-out, all protected by a carbon fiber and aluminium chassis.
The first one has a 2.66GHz i7-620M chip, 6GB DDR3 SDRAM, four 64GB SSDs in RAID-0 configuration while the screen has a resolution of 1920x1080.
The X9E has a lower configuration; there's a 2.4GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRA, four 32GB SSDs (combining to give 128GB storage) and a screen resolution of 1600x900.
Both of these laptops weigh a shade over 1.4Kg, which puts them in direct competition with the bigger members of the Asus EEE family or the various CULV combinations available on the market.
Sony stuck with Microsoft's 64-bit version of Windows 7 Professional edition while offering automatic backlit for the keyboard, fingerprint reader, built in 3G modem and Bluetooth. No details about pricing or availability in the UK have emerged.
However, given that it comes with four SSDs and that it packs a lot of high end components, we'd expect the price to be much higher than the £1848 that Laptop direct is charging for the current version, the Z51.
The new Vaio Z series promise to be some of the fastest laptops available at any price. Update: The Z11X9E is set to cost around £1799 while the more expensive one will be available for around £2399, both prices include VAT and are suggested retail prices.