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Sony unveils 'no compromise' sub-notebook

11.1in, 16:9 display perfect for DVDs, apparently

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Sony today introduced its latest attempt to make European computer buyers fall in love with sub-notebooks, pitching its 11.1in widescreen Vaio TX3 series of machines as no-compromise ultra-portable PCs.

The sub-notebook family's members are powered by a variety of ultra-low voltage single-core Core Solo processors from Intel. With the standard battery, the system provides up to seven hours' runtime - though we'd suggest you expect to dim the screen, turn off wireless connectivity, etc. to get it.

sony vaio tx3xp notebook

Sony said the TX3 line casing is manufactured from carbon-fibre laminate, helping to get the weight down to 1.25kg, despite the integration of a dual-layer DVD±R/RW drive. The material is "230 per cent stronger and 30 per cent lighter than materials used in standard notebook construction", Sony claimed.

There's a range of hard drive capacities on offer, all connected to motion sensors to protect them against sudden drops. And there's a Trusted Platform Module on some models linked to the laptop's fingerprint sensor to ensure data integrity.

But back to that 11.1in display. Its native resolution is the decidedly non-standard 1,366 x 768, but Sony said it makes for perfect 16:9 aspect ratio video playback so there's almost no letterbox effect on standard widescreen movies. It uses a "pure white" LED backlight for better picture colours and improved battery life, Sony said.

The TX3 range is priced at up to £1,699 inc. VAT for the TX3XP, available in standard black or limited-edition slate blue from Sony's online store and retail Centres. The full range is expected to ship mid to late July. ®

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