No S or E series announcement?

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  1. jaholbro

    jaholbro Newbie

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    Is sony not gona bring these 2 to the us? I was hopeing to get some stats on these
     
  2. Andrew Baxter

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    nope, not anytime soon and not by summer for sure.
     
  3. darrow

    darrow Notebook Geek

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    Good news. Here's a hint about the 13" coming to the US:

    New Sony VAIO PCs

    Mike Abary, general manager of VAIO product marketing in the U.S., also provided a sneak peek at a couple of concept products that represent what may be available in the near future. These included an ultra-portable, 13-inch widescreen notebook PC and a hard disk-based music player announced already in Japan.

    We've been discussing the S series on a couple other forums too:

    Anyone knows if there's a new Sony TR soon? on LeoG, scroll down for S discussion

    Type S VGN-S90PS on Notebookforums

    Base model:

    VGN-S70B

    Pentium M 1.5GHz (the VGN-S50B model is offered with Celeron M 1.3GHz)
    256MB RAM/1 GB Max (2 DDR333 MicroDiMM slots)
    Mobility Radeon 9200 32MB
    13.3" XGA 1280x800
    40GB HD
    DVD-R/RW
    802.11b/g
    Bluetooth
    USB2.0 x 2
    i.LINK (firewire) iIEEE1394?(4 pin x 1)
    Ethernet 10/100
    VGA out (D-sub 15 pin)
    Memorystick Pro slot
    Battery: approx. 5.5 hours (small), 8 hours (large)
    1.89kg (4.16 lbs)
    312.5mm (W) x 224.8mm (D) (229.4mm including hinge) x 29.9 - 35.4 mm (H)

    Customized "Recommended Tune":

    VGN-S90PS

    Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    13.3" WXGA Xbrite
    Intel Pentium M 745 1.80 GHz
    1GB (512MB DDR333 x 2)
    60GB HDD
    MOBILITY RADEON 9700[VRAM64MB]
    $3,328.21 (377,790 Yen) including 3 year warranty (Japan only I think)

    VGN-S90PS

    Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    13.3" WXGA Xbrite
    Intel Pentium M 1.5GHz Banias
    512MB (512MB DDR333 x 1)
    60GB HDD
    MOBILITY RADEON 9700[VRAM64MB]
    $2,448.91 (278,040 Yen)

    I just did the "Tune Simulation" and was able to get the price down:

    Pentium M 1.5GHz
    256 MB RAM (throw in some cheap Crucial)
    Radeon 9700 64MB
    40GB HD
    DVD-ROM/CD-RW
    basic warranty

    215,040 Yen
     
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  4. Slat

    Slat Notebook Evangelist

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    <blockquote id='quote'>quote:<hr height='1' noshade id='quote'>Originally posted by abaxter

     
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  5. darrow

    darrow Notebook Geek

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    One piece of info I haven't been able to find out is whether the Japanese 13" is using the same type of 1.8" 4,200RPM hard drives found in the TR series or not. It's not clear from any of the information I have found on Sony Japan or other Japanese sites.

    abaxter or anyone else, can you shed any light on this question of hard drive specs for the Japanese Type S models?
     
  6. Andrew Baxter

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    ahh, just posted news on this on the front of the site, the S Series is coming to the U.S. [;)]
     
  7. darrow

    darrow Notebook Geek

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    Wow, it's great to have confirmation. Thanks for the look at the PDF Quick Start manual too. [:)]
     
  8. darrow

    darrow Notebook Geek

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    A Japanese review of the low-spec base model Type S is up. It has more pics and a few benchmarks against other Japanese models, such as the NEC LaVie N LN500/9D.

    VAIO type S Review

    For everyone who was wondering, the 40GB drive in this unit is the 2.5" (9.5mm high) Hitachi DK23FA-40 4,200RPM with 2MB cache.

    40GB Hitachi DK23FA-40
    IBM (Hitachi) Travelstar 4K80 (DK23FA) Series DK23FA-40

    The specs say the standard 6 cell battery (11.1V and 4,800mAh) should last up to 5.5 hours and the larger optional battery up to 8 hours. Their MobileMark2002 battery life rating was 296 (4 hours 56 min.).

    VAIO type S VGN-S70B bencmarks

    Pentium M 1.50GHz
    MOBILITY RADEON 9200 (32MB)

    MobileMark2002
    -Performance rating 149
    -Battery life rating 296 (4:56)

    SYSmark 2002
    -Internet Content Creation 179
    -Office Productivity 129

    3DMark2001 SE 5,042
    Quake III Arena 96.2fps (1,024x768)


    Conclusion:

    It is compatible on a high level in portability and a performance. VGN-S70B is 2 spindle mobile note PC which realized sufficient portable weight of about 1.89kg, carrying 13.3 type wide liquid crystal and a DVD-RW drive. Since battery drive time is also long, it is recommendation also at those with many opportunities who use in the place which does not have a power supply. Moreover, since performance is also high, it is ( use / instead of Desktop PC ) suitable combining port replicator. Although a price becomes high, the person adhering to a performance is VGN-S90 PS/VGN-S90S of the Sony style limited model, and if Pentium M745 and MOBILITY RADEON 9700 are chosen, he will become the strongest mobile note PC.
     
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  9. Silverzhp

    Silverzhp Newbie

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    I am looking at new subnote now and am leaning to the Fujitsu P5020.
    It is a great little notebook but the keys are a bit cramped. Now comes the PERFECT size Sony "S" series with a better resolution screen than standard (widescreen is great) and only 8.8" depth so it is perfect on planes in coach seats (under 9" depth is optimal for us road warriors of the sky), and it looks like it's docking station even has a DVI port to get the most out of those expensive flat panels- but, but all is not perfect in Sony land- at closer inpsection the KEYS ARE AT 18mm PITCH! not the full size 19mm! My "miniature" Fujitsu P series is 18mm. Why o Why did Sony cramp the keys? Are Japanese fingers that small? This notebook is 12.25" wide MORE than enough room. Oh well I guess the perfect notebook STILL does not exist! But this one is close- if it was 3 months away or so I would wait for it- but this is probably a 6-9 month release here if Sony is true to form. I also like the fact that Sony is including 3 year warrantees now- their warrantees in the past have sucked
     
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    Alt Notebook Enthusiast

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    <blockquote id='quote'>quote:<hr height='1' noshade id='quote'>Originally posted by Silverzhp

     
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