Expect Vaio laptops with Intel gen-8 processors

But it's not known if these models will ever leave Japan

Not too long ago, Sony sold its Vaio notebook brand to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners. Now the fund has announced that it has updated two new models with Intel Core gen-8 chips.

Slim designs

The models are the S11 — with an 11.6in Full HD screen — and the S13, with a 13.3in display.

For both, you’ll get the option of either an i7-8550U CPU (1.8GHz) or an i5-8250U (1.6HGz), with the Intel UHD 620 for graphics and a choice of 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM.

As for storage, there’s a choice between NVMe SSDs and SATA SSDS, with the former going as high as 1TB and the latter capped at 256GB. Both units will come with Windows 10 Pro or Home.

Each will also have three USB 3.0 ports, VGA and HDMI outputs, an SD card reader, as well as an optional GPS-enabled 4G LTE modem. Both will be 0.7in thick with a weight of 1.9lbs for the S11 and 2.4lbs for the S13. 

Sounds cool and preorders are opening in Japan this month with prices expected to start at US$1365 (RM5366). But there's no word yet on whether they'll be available outside of the country. Stay tuned for more info.

[Source: Notebookcheck]