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Sony intros 13.3-inch VAIO S Series laptop; pre-orders start today


Sony just took the wraps off of its new S Series VAIO laptop, a notebook with a 13.3-inch 1600 x 900 display that measures just 0.95-inches thick and weighs 3.8 pounds. Under its hood, the new VAIO is powered by Intel’s second-generation Core i7 processor, has AMD Radeon HD 6630 graphics with 1GB of VRAM, a Blu-ray drive, an LED backlit keyboard, and Intel Wireless Display 2.0 support, which allows you to share your laptop screen with your HDTV. Sony says its new S Series should offer 8 hours of battery life, and an optional $150 “sheet battery” can double that to 16 hours. The VAIO S Series starts at $1,350 and customers can pre-order the laptop now. Hit the jump for the full release.

Sony Brings More Power to Go With New S Series Laptop

Optional Sheet Battery Doubles Battery Life Up to 16 Hours

SAN DIEGO, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Sony’s newest S Series VAIO® laptop combines for the first time portability, performance and power in a thinner, lighter design perfect for everyone from students to business travelers.

The new S Series continues Sony’s efforts to offer users more personalized options and flexibility that fits their lifestyle.  Select S Series models sport elegant design in burnished brown, jet black or platinum silver with magnesium and aluminum materials, and incorporate a built-in lithium polymer battery that when coupled with the advanced large-capacity optional sheet battery, can stay mobile and unplugged for up to 16 hours with solid state drive configurations. Intelligent charging enables you to charge the optional sheet battery separately and attach it to the system without shutting down for maximum flexibility.

“Users these days want a laptop that will last for hours without charging, is small and light enough to carry around with you but doesn’t sacrifice any of the performance and power that you’d find in a full-sized PC,” said Mike Lucas, senior vice president of Networked Technology and Services Division at Sony Electronics. “You can fly nonstop from Los Angeles to Tokyo or attend a full day of classes on just one charge with this S Series laptop when combined with the optional sheet battery.”

This 13.3-inch S Series is packed with powerful performance—all in a thin 0.95-inch profile that only weighs 3.8-pounds with the standard battery. Incorporating all the mobility of VAIO laptops, this new model delivers impressive portability and performance with the available second generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor.  Coupled with Hybrid Graphics as well as dual channel solid state drive options (select models), the S Series laptop is truly top of the line.

Ultra Mobility and Performance

Performance is top priority with the second generation Intel Core i7 processor that delivers even more performance automatically when you need it. With Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, the processors increase speed automatically delivering the performance needed for multitasking.

AMD Radeon™ HD 6630 1GB Hybrid Graphics card (select models) with 1GB VRAM gives a premium visual quality and intense HD performance without placing huge demands on the CPU. Plus, it offers a performance boost to your day-to-day processor functions for a faster, more optimized overall computing experience.

For maximum performance and ample storage, select models feature dual channel solid state drive with RAID 0 technology.

The S Series laptop comes with one-touch VAIO, ASSIST and WEB buttons, for launching Media Gallery™ software, VAIO Care™ software and access to the web without full boot-up into Windows®, all with a touch of a button.

The new S Series models offer a built-in web camera powered by an Exmor™ sensor that allows for great low-light performance. With exceptional picture quality, the 13.3-inch (1600×900) widescreen display includes an LED backlit keyboard, illuminating the lettering for typing in low-light situations. And with the built-in microphone you can video message with family, friends and coworkers. Face tracking technology allows the camera to automatically adjust focus and follow you as you move around while video chatting.

Packed with Multimedia

Sony knows entertainment is always at the forefront and the VAIO S Series delivers. Whether you’re watching a stunning Blu-ray Disc™ movie (select models) or enjoying video captured from your compatible camcorder. The versatile Blu-ray Disc drive on the VAIO S Series laptop (select models) combines the power of HD video playback with the convenience and utility of DVD and CD read/write functionalities.  Providing the best picture and the best sound with stunning clarity, Blu-ray Disc technology is the ultimate way to enjoy your entertainment.

With Intel® Wireless Display 2.0, you can sit back and experience your favorite videos, photos and music on your TV. Stop crowding around a laptop screen and view and share content from your hard drive, home network or the internet wirelessly on your HDTV utilizing the adapter (sold separately; restrictions apply).

Pricing and Availability

The VAIO S Series laptops are available for pre-sale today at starting at about $1,350, and the optional sheet battery at about $150.

Additionally, Sony added two new colors to its existing S Series line. The new pink and blue S Series models will available at starting in June.

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User Review

By Charles

Spelling check and easy define. Not as detailed as on PC, which is good when just sd card of memory! Great on Droid 2
Bu Lewis

I’ve had 5 android phones from G1 – Desire HD, and this app has worked flawlessly on all! Really useful!

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Four icons live at the top of the screen: Dictionary is the first, followed by, History, and Word of the Day. Press Thesaurus, and the app produces synonyms for the word you just looked up (or you can enter a new one in the search bar). The History pane is simply a list of all the words you have looked up, so it’s easy to go back and see any of them again. You can also delete words from the list to cut down clutter.

Word of the Day is a fun little feature. As you might imagine, it suggests a new word every day and gives you the definition. Neat. But it also goes a step further and allows you to choose a Spanish word of the day, which is really cool if you’re working on your Español. The app comes with a widget, too; it’s a 4×1 affair that you can put on your home screen so that you don’t even have to open the app to get your Word of the Day fix.


  • Dictionary and Thesaurus
  • Word of the Day in English and Spanish
  • More than 325,000 words and definitions
  • More than 300,000 synonyms
  • Phonetic and audio pronunciations
  • Spelling suggestions
  • Recent history
  • Email and SMS a word
  • Word of the Day home screen widget

0 works like you’d expect – you type the word in the text bar and press “Search.” It returns the parts of speech and the definitions; with one tap, you can switch to’s synonyms and antonyms. I found myself using the audible pronunciation feature more on this mobile app than I do on’s website. One downside to this app is that I often enjoy reading the word origin information that provides on the Web, but they don’t include that in this app.

The app includes’s Word of the Day feature, which is great for students — or anyone else interested in building up their vocabulary. You can also email or text definitions to others. I sent my brother the definition of “schlep.” I hope it improves his word skills.

Other dictionary apps exist – including ColorDict, which let’s you choose and download from a list of dictionary sources, and the Oxford English Dictionary, which provides a free seven-day trial, but then costs around $30. Compared to these, is easier to set up and use – and provides a solid dictionary resource.

One of the best parts of this app is the well renowned ‘Word of the Day.’ You can find this in the final tab located at the top of the app.  This is a great way to expand your vocabulary, especially if you’re preparing for standardized tests like the SAT and GMAT.  Conveniently, there is also a widget for the ‘Word of the Day’ so you can check it easily from your homescreen.  You can click on the widget to open the app directly.  Note: There is also the spanish ‘Word of the Day’ as well.

This app is a great native reference client, which completely removes the need to visit the mobile site.  This ensures you’ll get the information you need as quickly as possible.  This app is a great reference tool that you’ll find yourself using time and time again.  Try it out now from the Android Market!


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