A few days ago we discussed two new devices that were set to take on the MacBook Pro and the Air, those were the Sony VAIO C Series and the Samsung 9 Series. However, both of these laptops have been hit by a Thunderbolt – well with the new 2011 version of Apple’s notebook.
The new VAIO device has a 14-inch screen and judging by the specs and design its intended target was clearly the Pro. However, Sony did not count on Apple teaming up with Intel for a new connection type that not only makes the current USB 2.0 look like a snail, but also USB 3.0 as well. It is not all bad, as Sony has included 3D TV Plus technology, which does fit in with the company’s plan to make 3D a big deal over the next few years.
The Samsung 9 Series is just like the MacBook Air rather than the pro, as there will be an 11-inch and 13-inch version. However, Samsung may have also not figured on the future Air model getting Thunderbolt. There is no reason why Apple will not use this new connection type in more of their other upcoming devices, such as the iPad 2.
Currently there are no supporting peripherals for Thunderbolt, so this could prove a non-issue at the moment. We would expect to see a number of these coming over the next few months, but the worrying thing is how slow USB 3.0 support has been.
Do you think that the new VAIO and Samsung 9 Series will be able to compete with these new Thunderbolt notebooks?