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Sony unleashes slimline VAIO SA and SB laptops

Not wanting to be outdone by Dell’s recent slimline XPS-15z laptop, Sony has released two new super slim yet powerful notebooks.

The VAIO SA and SB laptops are refreshes of the current VAIO S line which was introduced in February this year. The specifications have been bumped up, but the design has been overhauled resulting in a slimmer, lighter notebook pc.

Despite Dell’s XPS-15z supposedly being “the thinnest 15-inch notebook on the planet”, the new VAIO SA is marginally slimmer at just 0.95 inches thick (the Dell is 0.97 inches thick).

Both models look pretty similar, featuring the same 13.3-inch display, magnesium and aluminium casing and backlit chiclet keyboard. Different colour schemes are available – the SA is available in brown, black and silver while the SB comes in a rather nice looking navy, and bright pink for the ladies.

The SA is the top line model of the two with specs including an Intel Core i7 CPU, AMD Radeon HD 6630 Graphics with 1GB dedicated video memory, optional SSD hard drive and a 1600 x 900 resolution display.

Sony is aiming the SB model at students, and as such the specifications are slightly lower than those of the SA. Intel Core i3 and i5 processors will be available in the SB models, along with AMD Radeon HD 6630 graphics and a 1366 x 768 resolution display.

The SB range is expected to cost between $899 and $1000, whereas the SA range will start at $1370. Some pretty nice looking laptops, but will they outperform the similarly slim Dell XPS-15z? Which do you prefer?

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