It’s been more than a year since Sony sold off its Vaio brand, and now its new owners are back with two brand new notebooks that also serve as tablets. They’re called the Vaio Z and the Vaio Z Canvas, and they’re just as pretty (if not prettier) as the Vaio machines that came before them.
The Vaio Z is Vaio’s flagship laptop. It’s a super sleek, super portable machine that costs $1,600, and it has a fancy hinge that allows you to fold its touchscreen down onto its keyboard to transform it into a tablet.
Two variants of the Vaio Z will be available initially; one of which will be powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, and the other by a Core i7. Both will have 13.3-inch displays, aluminum form factors, and speedy SSD drives that promise to boot the computer from standby in just 0.3 seconds.
Vaio says the Z will deliver more than 15.5 hours of battery life in between charges, which makes it the longest-running Vaio-branded laptop ever.
The Vaio Z Canvas has a slightly smaller 12.3-inch display, which detaches from its keyboard to become a more traditional tablet-like device. It’s powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, a 256GB SSD, and up to 16GB of RAM, and like Microsoft’s Surface, it comes with a nifty clip-on stylus.
These are the first Vaio devices designed and built entirely by the Vaio company, and for long-time Vaio fans who became accustomed to Sony’s premium designs, they should be well-received. For now, however, they’re only available in Japan.
The standard Vaio Z is available for pre-order now, while the Vaio Z Canvas isn’t due until this May.