Newly founded VAIO Corporation officially came into existence with the launch of two new laptops – the VAIO Pro and the VAIO Fit. Both laptops are currently available for purchase in Japan. Hopefully it shouldn’t be long before they make their way to international markets.
Earlier in February, Sony and Japan Industrial Partners Inc. had concluded a memorandum of understanding confirming the parties’ intent for Sony to sell to JIP Sony’s PC business operated under the VAIO brand. This was part of a series of new measures on Sony’s part to address reform of its PC and TV businesses.
Sony later sold the brand they had formed, retaining just 5% of VAIO, in order to concentrate on the more profitable smartphone and tablet sectors.
The VAIO Pro is an 11.6-inch or 13.3-inch ultrabook with Intel Haswell Core i3, i5 or i7 processor options, and 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM. Both laptops have 1920 x 1080 pixel resolutions and have a maximum thickness of just over 17 mm. In terms of storage, you get a choice of having either a 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB SATA 3 SSD along with Intel HD Graphics 4400.
The smaller, 11.6-inch model will set you back by 120,000 yen (roughly $1180 USD) with the larger, 13.3-inch model costing 130,000 yen (around $1280 USD).
The VAIO Fit has a larger, 15.5-inch display with a resolution of both 1920 x 1080 or 1366 x 768 pixels. You get the same Intel Haswell Core i3, i5 or i7 options as those found in the VAIO Pro. At just over 26 mm at its thickest, the Fit has a 500 GB hard drive and is equipped with an Ethernet port and optical drive – something that you might sorely miss in the ultra-slim Pro.
The VAIO Fit also comes in a little cheaper at 100,000 yen (around $984 USD)
Both new laptops carry forward the same design aesthetics that once made the erstwhile Sony VAIOs a popular choice among users. The availability of these laptops outside Japan will ofcourse depend on their success in Japan. We can only hope that they do succeed, and that PC businesses around the world start to regain their lost market shares.