Review of VAIO Z and Canvas specs with tentative price

By Peter Chubb - Feb 16, 2015

The first post-Sony VAIO laptops have now been seen for the first time and we are glad to see that the company has done away with some components that did not need to be there. The two new laptop models are the VAIO Z and VAIO Z Canvas, and if you think you have seen the latter before, then you are right, as this is based on a prototype from 2014.

While the VAIO Z is already up for pre-order in Japan, there is still no word on when it will become available to the rest of the world, but with specs such as a second-generation SSD, and a fifth-generation Core i7 processor with as yet undetermined speed, this is one laptop that consumers will want to get their hands on. Not only that, but its aluminum-carbon shell gives it a more premium feel, although we have a feeling the biggest draw to this new model is its multiflip mode.

This means that users will be able to switch from laptop to tablet slate, and battery life will not be a concern, as it should last for around 15.5 hours. There is also a power-saving mode to help get just a bit more life from its battery. As for price, expect to pay around 190,000 yen in Japan, which converts to about $1,600, although it never usually works like that.

VAIO Z Canvas specs

Coming in May will be the VAIO Z Canvas, which is rather different to the other model because it does not transform in the way the new VAIO Z does. This is because the keyboard actually detaches from the main body, making it very similar to the Microsoft Surface in that respect.

We know that it will come with a 12.1-inch display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,704. There is also 1TB of storage, although not much else is known at this time.

It will be nice to know when the new VAIO range will become available to the U.S., UK and other such countries, so for now we will just have to keep our ears to the ground.

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VAIO Z specs and price