At least some of Sony’s notebook plans for CES have been spoiled in advance today courtesy of a slew of retail listings online. Of the mix, the VAIO Y11 is the only completely new design but is Sony’s first notebook using Intel’s CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) processors. The 13.3-inch portable uses a 1.3GHz Core 2 Duo and promises to be relatively fast and thin in the category, partly by omitting an optical drive.
While it’s likely that other configurations will be available, the Y11S1E shown at a Greek store costs 803 euros ($1,150) after tax for a model with 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive and Intel’s GMA 4500 video.
Other systems are just internal upgrades of existing designs but are headlined by the F11. The 16-inch system is likely to replace the FW and could be the first Sony system to use the mobile Core i5, with a 2.4GHz i5-520M in at least one model; it would also use the as yet unannounced GeForce GT 330M video for the 1,103 euro ($1,580) version on display. The 13.3-inch S11 appears destined to replace the existing SR and would have a 2.13GHz Core i3 in a similar body for about 1,003 euros ($1,437). Both have 4GB of RAM, but the larger F11 gets 500GB of storage versus 320GB for the smaller S11.
The CW2 and Z11 follow a similar pattern and use the 2.13GHz Core i3 and 2.4GHz Core i5 in their respective 14-inch and 13.1-inch frame. Both the trim levels on show also have 4GB of RAM and GeForce GT 330M video, though storage varies widely: the mainstream CW2 has a conventional 320GB drive, but the Z11 has a 128GB solid-state drive at its heart. Neither PC’s price is yet known.
US details are expected this coming Wednesday at Sony’s CES unveilings, and prices are likely to be lower. [two via NotebookReview forums, others via Engadget]