Sony VAIO Laptops Shipping SuperSpeed USB 3.0
When Sony officially supports the USB 3.0 specification by supplying a dual USB 3.0 port on their new VAIO laptops, it’s safe to say the transition is picking up steam.
The Sony desktop-replacements are HD VAIO laptops coming with possibly everything you can hope for with the exception of 3D and SSD. The more expensive model ($2,970) will have Core i7-740QM, GeForce GT 425M 1GB graphics card while the lower end laptop ($2,140) will only carry a Core i5-460M and GeForce 310M 512MB. Both Sony VAIO models are stocked with 4GB RAM, the same Blu-ray optical reader, 500GB 2.5″ drive and a dual HDTV tuner as well as a 16.4″ full HD LCD.
In the connectivity department, both laptops will feature not one but two USB 3.0 ports – likely powered by NEC or Renesas. There’s also one eSATA-hijacked USB 2.0 port; HDMI interface; SDXC card slot; a Memory Stick Duo slot; and Bluetooth 3.0+HS. Since most laptop components including trackpad, keyboard and webcam nowadays piggyback on USB bus, it would be interesting to see if the integrated SDXC reader will also take advantage of the SuperSpeed interface.
While there’s no international pricing for these VAIOs, it’s obviously the worldwide USB 3.0 revolution has started even without Intel.
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