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Sony's first ultrabook launches locally, priced competitively

Call it the VAIO T
by Neps Firmalan | Jun 25, 2012
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The new Alpha SLT-A37 shooter wasn't the only star of the show in Sony's recent launch event here in the Philippines. Fact is, the company also took the wraps off its very first ultrabooks ever, under the VAIO T Series, which are a bit different compared to its rivals from other brands, in a very good way.

The new VAIO T, which comes in two sizes (11.6-inch and 13.3-inch), fits in the standard definition of what an ultrabook is. The thing is, although it's pretty thin and light, it also packs more millimeters and tips the scales at a higher weight compared to most of its anorexic contemporaries. Now before you dismiss it as a device that's not really that lust-worthy, let us tell you something first. Sony Philippines has clarified to us that, although they also want a thin and light frame, they will give more focus and emphasis on the overall connectivity and functionality of the VAIO T. In other words, the slightly larger and heavier size comes with the addition of a slew of ports, some of which you won't see in other utlrabooks: HDMI, VGA, and LAN, SD card, and USB (2.0 and 3.0) ports.

For us, that "compromise" is welcome; the VAIO T is already quite slim, and it gets additional pogi points with more interface options. Under the hood you'll find an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge chip, 4GB of RAM, hybrid storage (500GB HDD + 32GB SSD), and Windows 7. Sony also decided to slap the device with additional goodies like a gesture-based control system which lets you use the notebook without having to use the keyboard and mouse, XLOUD audio enhancement, and an Exmor webcam.

As for the asking price, the VAIO T comes with a pleasant surprise. The 11.6-inch model goes for P47,999 while its larger, 13.3-inch bro costs P2,000 more making both variants significantly cheaper than the recent ultrabooks other brands have unveiled locally. Yep, the VAIO T is a bit chunkier, but if you can let that go then you just might find that it could be a steal. And it's not as if it's unbearably large; it's still an ultrabook, right?

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WORDS BY Neps Firmalan