VAIO has announced two new additions to its notebook lineup, its second major announcement as an independent brand. The new Z and S series models are both targeted at business professionals who need long battery life and portability.
The new Vaio Z flagship notebooks come in two different form-factors – flip and clamshell. The Vaio Z flip comes with a 13.3” WQHD display while the Vaio Z clamshell is offered with either a 13.3” WQHD or a 13.3” 1080p display. Both models feature the latest Intel 6th Generation ‘Skylake’ 28W processor and the VAIO Z Engine technology, which militarizes the motherboard to free up more space inside for a higher capacity battery and fans. It also boasts of exceptional battery life (up to 11 hours 30 minutes for flip model and 15 hours and 30 minutes for clamshell model). The chassis is made out of aluminum and UD carbon for optimum stability and durability. For enhanced productivity on the move, the flip model comes included with a pressure sensitive digitizer stylus and an eight-megapixel camera with CamScanner application to capture and store various documents and images. The Z-series models can be configured with up to 16GB of RAM and a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD.
The VAIO S features a 13.3” full HD display and a molded magnesium alloy casing that gives it high durability and robustness. The notebook offers an analog RGB output, HDMI output, LAN connector, and 3 USB 3.0 ports. Rest of the spec-sheet includes latest 6th Gen Core-I processors, up to 8GB RAM, up to 256GB PCIe SSD storage, and a “silent keyboard”.
As far as prices go, the clamshell VAIO Z model will start at $1499 while the flip model starts at $1799. The Vaio S on the other hand, starts at $1099 and will be available starting early March 2016. Vaio Z flip model is expected to be available for order starting February 8th, while the clamshell model will be available starting March.