Sony announced its brand new VAIO Z laptop on Thursday, an ultralight device that weighs just 2.6 pounds. The Windows 7 Professional-powered notebook is equipped with a 13.1-inch 1600 x 900-pixel display, a 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 processor, a 256GB solid state drive, AMD Radeon HD graphics, and can be purchased with an optional battery sheet that provides up to 14 hours of battery life. Similarly, its optional Power Media Dock accessory supports up to four displays at once, has its own 1GB graphics card, can be purchased with a DVD or Blu-ray drive, and offers support for Intel’s new “Light Peak” port. The VAIO Z will make its debut in July in the UK first for £2,700 ($4,320), Read on for the full press release.
Taiwan-based chip manufacturer JMicron is reportedly preparing to make a splash next month at Computex 2009 when it debuts its latest breakthrough NAND flash controller. The JMF612, successor to the company’s JMF602 pictured above, represents one of several technological advancements that could combine to substantially reduce Solid State Drive (SSD) pricing in the near future. The JMF612 is designed for a new breed of SSD drives that will be smaller, faster and cheaper to manufacture. Combined with an inexpensive single-chip controller such as JMicron’s, SSDs should become much more accessible and affordable — with drive pricing possibly impacted as soon as this holiday season. What’s more, the blazing speed of the JMF612 may very well lead to the introduction of a 1TB SSD as the chip’s improved efficiency will allow for larger drive sizes. JMicron is expected to begin mass production of its new controller in July.
Samsung has announced a new set of notebooks and are hoping to steal a little of Apple’s thunder (good luck with that one!). The new line-up should see some pretty sleek, thin, lightweight laptops with loads of power – definitely nothing to sneeze at. Samsung’s main target is the Macbook Air and it is hoping that its new X-Series netbook will the a “Macbook Air Killer.” Really, guys? Everything seems to be a “killer” of some sort these days though many products fail to even bruise each other – let’s see if Samsung is up to the task. The X360 will be going for $2,499 and will be carrying 128GB of solid state goodness. Weighing in at 2.8 pounds, your spaghetti arms should have no problems with it. The X360 also claims to have 6 to 10 hours of battery life depending on usage – not bad at all. If you’ve been looking for an alternative to the MacBook Air this looks like it might be a good contender, but a killer it is not.
The days of compromising your hard drive size in the interest of solid state performance may soon be gone. Samsung announced on Sunday that they will be bringing a 256GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive to market by the September, with scale production ramping up by the end of the year. While it’s certain to be quite costly, the presence of a high end drive like this will hopefully lead to declining costs for lower capacity drives. Oh yeah, they also said a 1.8″ version will be out by the end of Q4. Nice!