Sony takes on MacBook Air with 11.6-inch Vaio

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Sony has announced a new 11.6-inch design in its Vaio Y series being sold in Japan that, by all appearances, is targeted directly at the latest MacBook Air.

The 11.6-inch design will be tacked on to its existing 13.3-inch model and will weigh in at just over 3 pounds, about a pound heavier than the new 11.6-inch Air. At its thinnest point, it is just under an inch; at its thickest point it is just over an inch.But if a little more heft isn’t a problem, the Vaio VPCYA19FJ/B model packs a relatively new ultra-low voltage 1.33GHz Core i3 processor–something lacking in the current Air–and an integrated Intel graphics chip. The 11.6-inch Air, by comparison, offers an older 1.4GHz or 1.6GHz ultra-low voltage Core 2 Duo processor and Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics.

In Japan, it will be about 110,000 yen or about $1,300 dollars.

Here’s a quick comparison of the 11.6-inch Air and 11.6-inch Sony Vaio Y:

Weight: Air: 2.3 pounds; Vaio: 3.2 pounds
Thickness (at thickest point): Air: 0.68 inches; Vaio: 1.2 inches
Processor: Air: Intel Core 2 Duo; Vaio: Intel Core i3
Graphics chip: Air: Nvidia; Vaio: Intel
Battery life: Air: 5 hours; Vaio: 6 hours
Storage: Air: 128GB solid-state drive; Vaio: 320GB hard disk drive
Memory: Air: 2GB standard; Vaio: 2GB standard
Display resolution: Air: 1366 by 768; Vaio: 1366 by 768
Ethernet: Air: N/A; Vaio: standard
USB: Air: 2 connectors; Vaio: 3 connectors
Wireless: Wi-Fi; Vaio: Wi-Fi
Price: Air: $1,199 w/ 128GB SSD; Vaio: about $1,300 (in Japan)

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