New Sony Vaio Z: ultra-portable notebook

And with a battery life to rival Chromebooks

Ultra-light, and coming next month

Sony’s new Vaio Z has been unveiled to the European press, and it’s got it in the looks as well as the specs department.

The 13.1-inch netbook has a monster seven hour battery life (the same as the Vaio S), that’ll give even a Google Chromebook a run for its money. The screen is 1600x900, and under the bonnet you’ve got a 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 256GB flash drive, and 8GB RAM. More than enough to satisfy even the most demanding of laptop users.

Though gamers may wish to look elsewhere, as it only has Intel’s HD graphics 3000 solution. But it does sport a Power Media Dock, with the grunt of an AMD Radeon 6650M GPU with 1GB memory connected via Light Peak when you really need it, so it’ll handle HD movies with no slowdown whatsoever, something not all 13-inch ultralight laptops can boast about.

It's due to land at the end of July, but there’s no word on price yet. Just don’t expect it to be cheap.

Via: Sony Europe