Sony has started shipping two new Vaio ultrabooks with large screens starting at US$699 as the company expands its lineup of thin and light laptops.
The Vaio T Series 14 and 15 ultrabooks have Intel's Core processors based on the Ivy Bridge microarchitecture. The ultrabooks have Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.
The laptops are targeted at students and professionals, Sony said in a statement. A unique feature of the laptops is the ability to combine hard drives with low-capacity 24GB solid-state drives, which can be used to store operating systems. SSDs are typically faster than hard drives and can help laptops boot and perform faster.
The T Series 15 ultrabook is priced starting at $US799 and has a 15-inch touchscreen that can display images at a 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution. The laptop weighs 2.35 kilograms with an internal battery.
The T Series 14 ultrabook has a 14-inch screen with a 1366-by-768-pixel resolution. The non-touch version of the laptop starts at $US699, while a touchscreen version starts at $US799. The laptop weighs 1.86 kilograms.
The laptops will support up to 8GB of memory and offer options of 1TB or 512GB SSD storage. Other features include a webcam, USB 3.0 port, HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) port and an SD card reader.
The ultrabooks are now available worldwide.