Meet the Sony VAIO SVT1312B4ES touchscreen UltraBook, which is available on pre-order from Currys for £800. The laptop comes with a familiar specifications list: there’s an Intel Core i5-3317U processor, which is based on Ivy Bridge and has two cores clocked at 1.7GHz (and can Turbo Boost to 2.6GHz) with 3MB L3 cache plus Windows 8 OS.
Also on the features list are 4GB RAM, Intel HD 4000 graphics, a 1,366 x 768 pixel 13.3in LED backlit touchscreen display, a 32GB SSD and a 500GB SATA hard disk drive, a card reader, two USB ports (including a USB 3.0 one), HDMI, VGA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a webcam, and a one cell battery (delivering up to seven hours battery life).
Sony has also included a number of exclusive pieces of VAIO software, though none appear particularly compelling. Interestingly enough, Intel also threw in a few trial bloatware (McAfee Internet Security 30-day subscription, McAfee Parental Controls and Intel Anti-Theft Service 90-day trial).
At 1.5kg and with a 19mm thickness, the VAIO SVT1312B4ES is possibly one of the better-looking models out there, but will face some tough competitions especially given the premium price added by the touchscreen.