It’s official! The TZ will be release later this year, somewhere in August. Sources here, here and here.

Sony Vaio TZ series

Two models were listed, VAIO TZ11MN/N and VAIO TZ11XN/B, seemingly differentiated only by basic hardware choices such as RAM, hard-drive and lid colour (1GB, 80GB and silver, respectively, on the N; 2GB, 100GB and black on the B). Otherwise it’s niceties such as the 11.1-inch X-black LED-backlit display (running at WXGA 1366 x 768), built in DVD re-writer, gigabit ethernet, a/b/g WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0

No release date has been established yet, nor prices, but they’re expected to be released at some point in the Summer.

I had been contemplating on getting either a Fujitsu or Sony lightweight laptop because my current Fujitsu P7120 had been burning my laps and crawling like a snail. The latest addition to the problem is a batter that dies out after 7 mins. Now, I am at the mercy of an external battery that dies off without notice. Sigh.

Apparently, the Wireless-n which is expected to coming along is sorely missing in the specifications. However, at 2.62 lbs which is approximately 1.2 kg, with an 11.1 inch screen and 7.5 hours of batter life with everything else built-in, it’s still a good set of configuration. I am not sure of the price though. Gizmostuffs mentioned that it costs $2,299, which I suspect is in USD. While this translates to S$3,699 with an exchange rate of about S$1.6 = US$1, I suspect that it might jolly well retail for S$3,999, just a dollar shy of S$4,000.

For the record, I paid S$3,699 for mine, over a period of 2 years. Yes, I am still paying for it.

And oh, did I mention that the CSO at Fujitsu Service Center force shutdown my laptop and effectively erasing everything that was in hibernation? Yes, I will rant about that soon. I thought they were rather irresponsible. I hope someone from Fujitsu is reading this – that because of that incident, I am switching over to Sony.

Anyway, the specifications are below… and it’s making me drool…

VAIO VGN-TZ11MN/N

# Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7500, 1.06 GHz
# OS: Windows® Vista Professional
# Memory: 1GB DDR2 SDRAM (max 2GB)
# Hard Drive: 80 GB Ultra ATA (4200 rpm)
# Optical Drive: DVD+-RW/+-R DL/RAM
# Screen: 11,1” X-black LCD with LED backlight, WXGA (1366 x 768)
# Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
# Ethernet (1000Base-T / 100 BASE-TX / 10 BASE-T);
# Modem: V.92/V.90
# Wireless: Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR support
# Microphone integrated
# Protection: Shock protection G-Sensor Hard Drive
# Instant On technology
# Ports:

* 1 i.LINK (IEEE1394, 4 Pin), 400 Mbps port
* 1 DC in
* 1 Audio out
* 1 RJ-11 Modem
* 1 RJ-45 Direct Port (Network)
* 2 USB 2.0 Port
* Fingerprint reader
* 1 VGA port connection
* 1 Microphone
* 1 SD card Slot
* 1 Express Card 34mm
* Memory Stick Reader (Duo, Memory Stick PRO duo, MagicGate)
* “Motion Eye” Camera ( 20 Images per second), 0.3 Mega Pixels, max video resolution VGA (640×480)

VAIO VGN-TZ11XN/B
# Dimensions: 7.8-in x .89-in – 1.17in x 10.9-in (198 ,2 mm x 22.5-29.8 mm x 277 mm)
# Weight: 2.62lbs
# Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7500, 1.06 GHz
# OS: Windows Vista Professional
# Memory: 2GB DDR2 SDRAM (max 2GB)
# Hard Drive: 100 GB Ultra ATA (4200 rpm)
# Optical Drive: DVD+-RW/+-R DL/RAM
# Screen: 11.1” X-black LCD with LED backlight, WXGA (1366 x 768)
# Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
# Ethernet (1000Base-T / 100 BASE-TX / 10 BASE-T);
# Modem intégré V.92/V.90
# Wireless: Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR support
# Microphone integrated
# Protection: Shock protection G-Sensor Hard Drive
# Instant On technology
# Ports:

* 1 i.LINK (IEEE1394, 4 Pin), 400 Mbps port
* 1 DC in
* 1 Audio out
* 1 RJ-11 Modem
* 1 RJ-45 Direct Port (Network)
* 2 USB 2.0 Port
* Fingerprint reader
* 1 VGA port connection
* 1 Microphone
* 1 SD card Slot
* 1 Express Card 34mm
* Memory Stick Reader (Duo, Memory Stick PRO duo, MagicGate)
* “Motion Eye” Camera ( 20 Images per second), 0.3 Mega Pixels, max video resolution VGA (640×480)

# Dimensions: 7.8-in x .89-in – 1.17in x 10.9-in (198 ,2 mm x 22.5-29.8 mm x 277 mm)
# Weight: 2.62lbs



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