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Last week we told you about the finalised specs and prices for the new Sony tablets, and at IFA in Berlin we got a few minutes hands-on with them both.


Tablet P

The P is definitely designed with gaming in mind. In fact, it is “certified” for the PlayStation!  The screen was very clear, and it was quite easy to use. The two screens does take a little getting used to though.

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Here is a short video:

Sony Tablet P


Tablet S

The S is a very nice device indeed! Easy to use, very light and has a number of planned accessories.


Here is a short video:


We hope to have a much more in-depth hands-on and review on both of the Sony tablets in the near future.

What do you think of them?

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Philip’s will launch one of the world’s first PMPs to be powered by Android.

Philips GoGear Connect

The GoGear Connect media player with Android Gingerbread gives full access to the hundreds of thousands of apps and games on the Android Market.


The player, features inbuilt Wi-Fi and a bright high quality 3.2” capacitive touch screen, to allow users access all of the benefits Android such as email, web browsing, YouTube and unlimited gaming.

More information soon!

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Among the many announcements at IFA, Samsung announced a new smartphone called the GALAXY Note, and we got a brief hands-on.


GALAXY Note combines the market’s largest HD Super AMOLED display, supreme portability and advanced S Pen interface, creating a new type of smartphone.

We managed to get a few moments with the GALAXY Note, and again, apologies for the focus problems, this was due to all the bright lights and the position of the phone!




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Today at IFA, Dell announced a new thin laptop called the Inspiron 14Z.

Dell Inspiron 14Z

The Inspiron 14Z

No matter what the application is, the new Inspiron™ 14z laptops are packed with the latest technology to handle every task. From 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i3 and i5 processors, HD (720p) display and excellent battery life, the Inspiron 14z series is ideal for school papers, company reports, mobile entertainment, keeping in touch with friends and pursuing your passions.

Here is the press release:

Berlin, Germany, September 2, 2011 –Today at the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA), Dell announced the new Inspiron 14z laptop. This latest addition to Dell’s thin and powerful portfolio brings the ultra-mobile “z” distinction to Inspiron, Dell’s best-selling Consumer laptop brand. Combining sizzling performance, rich features, and chic design, the Inspiron 14z is the perfect mobile companion. Whether taking notes in class, or communicating with family across the country, the Inspiron 14z delivers what you need in a sleek and stunning form.


No matter the application, the new Inspiron 14z laptop is packed with some of the latest technology, and can handle the task. Combining 2nd generation Intel® CoreTM i3 and Core i5 processor options, HD (720p) display, and excellent battery life, the Inspiron 14z is ideal for homework, company reports, mobile entertainment, keeping in touch with friends and pursuing your passions.


The Inspiron 14z is the latest in a series of rolling introductions of Dell’s thin and powerful mobile products launching through the end of the year. Beginning with the XPS 15z, an ultimate blend of performance and style, the Inspiron 14z makes this “uncompromising” concept more accessible than ever.


“The new Inspiron 14z is one of the most powerful, ultra-thin Inspiron laptops we’ve ever offered,” said Aongus Hegarty, vice president and general manager of Dell’s Consumer, Small and Medium Business unit for EMEA.  “Today’s ‘on-the-go’ lifestyle demands portability and power, so you can stay connected and be productive wherever you are.”


Accessible Style On-the-Go

When it’s time to kick back and relax, the Inspiron 14z is the perfect portable entertainment device, featuring a brilliant high-definition display and built-in SRS Premium Sound HD. For a theatre-like experience, it can stream full HD movies and video wirelessly with Intel Wireless Display technology or by connecting via HDMI cable to a compatible big-screen HDTV.


All of this is packed into a stylish design that’s thin, lightweight, and is available in standard Diamond Black or optional Fire Red LCD back and matching palm rest, full-size chiclet-style keyboard and HD webcam.


The Inspiron 14z is available with blazing fast 2nd generation Intel Core i processors, Microsoft® Windows 7 operating system, and high-performance on-processor graphics allowing for long battery life. A built-in media card reader, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and the newest USB 3.0 technology for faster content transfers are also available as standard.


With a 14-inch widescreen HD (1366-768dpi) display, and  optional features including up to 8GB memory, choice of a 500GB, 640GB or 750GB hard drive, along with an internal tray-load DVD combo for playing and recording DVDs/CDs, the Inspiron 14z is great for family entertainment, whether watching videos or playing music.


Dell Inspiron laptops also come with the Dell Stage user interface, which offers one-click access to your favourite content including music, photos and video, and SyncUP powered by Nero can keep content and personal information synched with other Stage-enabled Dell PCs and mobile devices within your home Wi-Fi network.



The Inspiron 14z is available later this month in select Best Buy outlets throughout the UK. It will be available in other retail locations in the UK, and select countries throughout Europe later this year.


And here’s a short video as well:

Yesterday at IFA, Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 7.7, the World’s First Mobile Tablet featuring a Super AMOLED Plus Display.

GALAXY Tab 7.7 Product Image_01

Here is the press release:

BERLIN – Sept. 1, 2011 –Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading provider and innovator of award-winning consumer electronics, today announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, the world’s first tablet to feature the brilliant Super AMOLED Plus display. The powerful Galaxy Tab 7.7  with a 1.4GHz dual core processor measures just 7.89 millimeters thin and weighs only 335 grams (12 ounces), making this tablet one of the most portable devices in the market.

“The new Galaxy Tab 7.7 demonstrates Samsung’s commitment to offering consumers the most choice in the mobile tablet market,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. “The Galaxy Tab 7.7’s ultra-thin design and WXGA Super AMOLED Plus display are impressive differentiators in the tablet marketplace and pillars of our ultimate goal of meeting a wide variety of consumer needs.”

Brilliant Super AMOLED Plus display
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the first tablet that incorporates Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus display technology, delivering brilliant, high-contrast colors and a beautiful, crisp viewing experience. The Super AMOLED Plus display allows for a wider range of colors with greater separation between lights and darks, making images incredibly vivid.

Sleek Design with Ultimate Portability
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 provides ultimate portability and viewing quality within the Galaxy Tab portfolio, featuring a brighter display combined with a thinner and lighter design that easily fits in your jacket pocket or purse. The elegant, linear design features a stylish metal casing and rounded edges for a sleek look that’s comfortable to hold while you’re sitting or walking.

Impressive Speed, Power & Battery Life
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 features HSPA+ 21 Mbps network for faster uploads and downloads. It also supports Wi-Fi Channel Bonding, bonding two channels into one for improved network connection and data transfer at up to twice the speed. The device is powered by a 1.4 GHz dual core application processor for fast web-loading, seamless multitasking and superior multimedia performance. Thanks to a 5,100 mAh battery providing up to 10 hours of video playback time[1], the Galaxy Tab 7.7 does not sacrifice battery life for its ultra-thin design.

Latest 3.2 Honeycomb OS with “Samsung TouchWiz UX”
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is powered by Android™ 3.2 Honeycomb, Android 3.2 has been optimized for a 7-inch tablet with a new compatibility zoom mode. This optimizes applications that are not designed to run on larger screen sizes, so they fit on the entire screen without distortion. In addition, the tablet supports MicroSD cards of up to 32 GB for direct media files transfer.

Samsung’s TouchWiz user experience is designed with a Live Panel menu for customizing the home screen of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 with digital pictures, favorite Web sites and social network feeds.
In addition, the TouchWiz UX includes a “Mini Apps” tray of commonly used features such as task manager, calendar and music player which can be launched while other major applications are already in use. The clipboard feature allows users to copy and paste texts and images.

Powerful Multimedia
Galaxy Tab 7.7 lets you enjoy video clips without limitation, featuring 1080p full HD playback, DivX included multi codec and Micro SD. The device also includes Universal Remote Control functionality, allowing control of the entire home entertainment system – TV, Set top box, DVD, Blu-ray player, AV audio system – from one device.

Samsung’s Hub Services offers easy access to content including games, eBooks, music and more.   The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the first mobile tablet to include a pre-loaded Game Hub, complete with easy social games, all delivered with lightning fast graphics. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 also features access to Samsung’s Music Hub service, which offers 15 million songs for preview, download and play.  The Readers Hub service features a robust library filled with more than 2.3 million books, 2,000 newspapers and 3,000 magazines in up to 49 languages, and Samsung’s Social Hub service aggregates email, contacts, calendar and social network connections into a single interface.

Voice and Video Support for Better Communication
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 offers both voice and video calls for better communication. There is no need to bring a headset and BT for voice calls. In addition, it is possible to call privately in public places with Receiver Mode.

Google™ Mobile Services
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is preloaded with the full suite of Google Mobile Services including access to more than 250,000 applications on Android Market™, Gmail™, Google Search™, Google Maps™ 5.7 with 3D maps, and Google Talk™ with video and voice chat.

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Yesterday at IFA 2011, one of the big announcements from Samsung was their Windows 7 SLATE PC Series 7 device.


Here is the press release from yesterday:

BERLIN, Germany – September 1, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the Samsung SLATE PC Series 7. Designed for users in need of maximized productivity in a mobile working environment, the SLATE PC Series 7 – based on Windows® 7 – delivers the desired performance and productivity of a desktop PC with the usability of a tablet, enabling users to multi-task effectively on a slate with a customized touch interface.

The SLATE PC Series 7 is just 12.9mm (0.5”) thin and weighs only 860g, ensuring it is truly portable. Powered by an Intel® Core™ i5 processor and with an 11.6” screen, the device is powerful enough to serve any user at their desk or on the move. When connected to a docking station – complete with Bluetooth keyboard and mouse – the slate operates as a desktop PC, however it can also be removed and used as an ultra-portable device. Multiple input methods – from touch screen keyboard to digital pen – ensure that it is the perfect solution for presenting, creating and capturing content on the go, without limitations.

“For professionals longing for the productivity of a desktop PC together with the portability and usability of a tablet, Samsung has introduced an innovative form factor designed to revolutionize the way they work,” said Kyuho Uhm, Senior Vice President of the IT Solutions Business at Samsung Electronics. “The Samsung SLATE PC Series 7 takes the laptop a full step towards total mobility – a revolution in portable computing.”

“The Samsung SLATE PC Series 7 is a great example of the commitment Samsung has to continued innovation with Windows,” said Nick Parker, Vice President of Worldwide OEM Marketing at Microsoft Corporation.  “With full-PC power packed into an ultraportable device, the SLATE PC Series 7 takes mobility to a new level with an innovative touch-focused design that transforms personal computing and enables richer experiences.”

Customized Slate PC for Every Occasion

The Samsung SLATE PC Series 7 with Windows® 7 operating system provides users with a greater range of options ensuring optimized performance, whatever the occasion. When in need of increased mobility, the SLATE PC Series 7 can be carried around just like a conventional tablet. If users are on the move, they can share documents with a customer or take notes in a meeting or lecture; desktop productivity is at their fingertips in an ultra-portable, ultra-versatile form factor. A battery life of up to 7 hours on a single charge ensures that users can be confident they will stay connected and productive wherever they are.

When working in the office or at a desk, the docking station transforms the SLATE PC Series 7 into a full desktop PC, with all the power and productivity that its Intel® Core™ i5 Processor and genuine Windows® 7 operating system provides. The docking station replaces the traditional desktop by providing the interface and computing power; it even gives users the flexibility to synch up to a larger monitor for even more efficient multi-tasking.

Unlimited Productivity

For maximum convenience and productivity, the SLATE PC Series 7 offers an intuitive user-interface and a wide variety of input methods, including a digitizer pen, touch screen interface and optional Bluetooth wireless keyboard. Users can simply touch, write, or type to take meeting notes, create documents and reports in Microsoft Office 2010 or browse online. An integrated microphone and dual 2MP (front) / 3MP (rear) cameras can record audio/visual files, which can be stored and shared via the full-sized USB port or Wi-Fi, WiMAX* and HSPA connection.

Full Experience on the Go

Benefiting from Samsung’s superior LCD technology, presentations can be delivered with the SuperBright Plus 11.6” HD display, providing outstanding picture quality and text-readability with 400nit brightness, 100% brighter than normal laptop displays, enabling full visual experience even outdoors.

Samsung appreciates that many devices used for work are also used for personal entertainment. Once the day is finished, the SLATE PC Series 7 provides ready-to-go entertainment at your fingertips due to its Samsung FastStart technology. It allows the SLATE PC Series 7 to wake up in 2 seconds and boot from cold in 15 seconds. The touch-launcher allows easy selection of applications including Twitter, Facebook, movies, weather and maps, whilst unrivalled media and software compatibility comes as standard with support for all PC-format video and audio content and support for PC games for Windows.

For more product information and multimedia content, please visit www.facebook.com/samsungnotebook


n.b. All are based on factory specifications. Product design, specifications and colors are subject to change without notice and may vary from those shown. Battery life based on MobileMark test scores that will vary based on configuration. Warranty service availability and response times may vary from country to country and may also be subject to registration requirements in the country of purchase. OS reveals lower HDD capacity than the specification as the difference of the calculation way and recovery partition.

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Today at IFA 2011 here in Berlin, Toshiba announced a new 55 inch TV called the 55LZ2. So what’s special about this one? Well it’s a Glasses-Free 3D TV, that’s what!


Now anyone who knows me, or has heard me talk about 3D TVs on the Digital Lifestyle Show podcast knows that I am not a fan of 3D TV. However I have to say that I was very impressed by the 55ZL2. One of the things that has always put me off 3D TVs is the glasses, now that has been taken away and the quality is excellent. No word on price yet, but we shouldn’t have long to wait!

Facts & Figures

· Quad Full HD 16:9 LCD panel, 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, LED backlighting
· Powered by CEVO-ENGINE
· Glasses-free 3D
· Face tracking to fine-tune the position
· Auto Calibration
· 3D Resolution+
· PERSONAL-TV featuring presets for up to four users
· SMART-TV featuring:
Access to Toshiba Places, integrated WLAN interface, Windows® 7 compatibility, USB recording on external HDD, Toshiba Apps Connect
· Tuner for DVB-T, DVBT2, DVB-C, and DVBS/ S2 embedded

Today, Toshiba Europe GmbH announced the launch of the world’s first large-screen glasses-free 3D TV. The 55ZL2 has a screen of 139cm (55”) in diagonal and does not require glasses to experience 3D. Plus, the 55ZL2 is the world’s first TV targeted at consumers that comes with a Quad Full HD screen. This enables the 55ZL2 to offer a 3D TV experience that can be enjoyed by a large group of viewers and displays 2D contents in four times (Quad) Full HD resolution. The 55ZL2’s glasses-free 3D application is powered by Toshiba’s high-performance multi-processor platform CEVO-ENGINE which also allows for many more innovative applications including PERSONAL-TV, enabling the consumer to personalise TV settings, and SMART-TV applications such as USB
recording and access to Toshiba Places. It also comes with an Auto Calibration feature to achieve studio level picture quality. The 55ZL2 will be available from December 2011 in Germany with release dates to be confirmed in other European countries

A new era for 3D TV

Toshiba engineers used their skills in designing software algorithms and developing powerful consumer electronics procesor technology to calculate multiple viewpoints from stereoscopic images, combined with the ability to display them at high picture quality on a large screen. In the 55ZL2, they deployed an array of lenticular lenses that are found for the first time in such a large-screen device ready for market. Sophisticated lenslet technology delivers multiple views
The glasses-free 3D technology is based on the stereoscopic principle of simultaneously delivering a picture for the left eye and another one with a small offset (parallax) for the right eye – these are then superposed in the viewer’s brain to get the 3D effect. To achieve 3D without glasses, it is essential that the lenses guide the dedicated images to the viewer’s eyes. The Integral Imaging technology, powered by the CEVO-ENGINE, applied to the 55ZL2 delivers nine
views which create multiple wide-angle viewing zones in front of the glasses-free 3D TV. This allows several viewers to enjoy the 3D experience at the same time without wearing glasses.

Face tracking optimises glasses-free 3D experience

To optimise the viewing zones in respect to the viewers’ actual positions in front of the TV, the 55ZL2 features a face tracking
application. At the push of the remote, it detects the viewers’ position and sets up the total viewing experience.

Quad Full HD screen for excellent picture quality in 3D and 2D

Delivering nine views from a screen in high definition picture quality is technically challenging. Toshiba therefore embedded a panel with 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, equivalent to a Quad Full HD resolution, to allow up to nine views to be displayed simultaneously. An additional bonus of the 55ZL2’s high resolution screen is the ability to display 2D contents in Quad Full HD resolution. In other words: photos captured with an 8 Mega-Pixel camera can be displayed on screen without compromising the image quality. By using complex algorithms, Toshiba’s Resolution+ technology converts content such as TV programmes in SD or HD resolution – as well as DVD or Blu-rayTM content in four times Full HD resolution – to make full use of the high definition of the Quad FHD display.

A smart and personalised window to the world

The 55ZL2 delivers much more than glasses-free 3DTV. It also features advanced SMART-TV functions providing access to Toshiba Places, Toshiba’s online platform offering streaming, purchasing and sharing Web-based content. Plus, it supports the HbbTV® (Hybrid broadcast broadband TV). Last but not least, the 55ZL2 allows USB recording of digital broadcasting on an external hard disk drive connected to the TV via USB. Thanks to Toshiba Apps Connect,
iPhone® owners no longer need to reach for the remote control but can control the TV using their smartphone.

The 55ZL2 also features PERSONAL-TV applications: The TV is able to store personal picture settings and a personal channel list for up to four users and it supports personal grouping of recorded content. In addition, the TV set is able to remember the volume level of each user
after switching off.

CEVO-ENGINE: the powerhouse behind the innovative features

The CEVO-ENGINE, Toshiba’s high-performance multi-processor platform, is the powerhouse behind the 55ZL2. The CEVO-ENGINE’s outstanding technology is able to deliver the depth information needed to create the 3D effect and then calculates nine different views. It is the only engine available in the TV market today that is able to deliver the huge calculation power required to manage the complex algorithms that implement the glasses-free 3D technology and applications.

Auto Calibration: picture quality at studio level

The 55ZL2 exploits the CEVO-ENGINE’s performance to further increase picture quality. It powers the Auto Calibration2 tool, which optimises the display’s settings to show movies with exactly the colours and grey scale as intended by the films’ directors. Until now, the colour-analyser3-based approach was only used by professionals and required an external computer. Now the CEVO-ENGINE can carry out all calculations internally.

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Sony have just announced a new 24” all-in-one 3D touchscreen multimedia PC called the Vaio L.

VAIO L Series 3D low res


  • Slim, space-saving all-in-one PC with large multi-touch 3D screen
  • 24” Full HD VAIO Display Plus with LED backlight brings entertainment to life in 3D
  • Convert 2D movies and videos to 3D at the touch of a button
  • First all-in-one PC with 3D HDMI® input to enjoy 3D PlayStation®3 games
  • Create 3D artworks with easy-to-use Family Paint 3D software

Now the whole family can watch and create thrilling 3D content with the new VAIO L Series 3D multimedia PC from Sony.


Slip on the supplied pair of rechargeable active shutter glasses – the same as used with latest BRAVIA® 3D TV models – and let VAIO immerse you in a fast-growing world of 3D movies, games, videos and panoramic photos.


With its slim, space-saving looks, the VAIO L Series 3D makes an elegant addition to any living space. Its stunning design is accented by a 24” Full HD VAIO Display Plus screen with LED backlight. This super-sized display brings all your movies, photos, music and games vividly to life with superb clarity and contrast, whether you’re watching in 2D or 3D.


Explore your media collection using the generously sized multi-touch LCD screen. Scroll through files, flick between web pages, zoom and rotate images with intuitive fingertip gestures. The screen is framed by a touch sensitive ‘Edge Access’ bezel that gives mouse-free access to key functions. The bezel also houses an embedded 3D transmitter; just slip on your active shutter glasses and enjoy the show in 3D, with no extra hardware needed.


The new VAIO L Series 3D offers more ways to enjoy your favourite entertainment. ‘Native’ supported 3D content includes movies on Blu-ray Disc™, games and videos. You can also enjoy 3D panoramic still images captured with Cyber-shot™ digital cameras and α DSLR digital cameras by Sony. There’s also a dedicated button on the bezel that instantly converts 2D content like Blu-ray Disc movies to simulated 3D at a single touch.


With the latest generation of speedy Intel® Core™ processors inside, this all-in-one VAIO provides the power you need to manage today’s media collections. The latest graphics by NVIDIA® ensure an even more satisfying HD video experience with the new generation of PC games designed for multi-core processors.


Depending on configuration, the integrated Blu-ray Disc writer lets you create, edit and store Full HD content with up to 50GB of storage on a single Blu-ray Disc. And whether you’re playing games or watching HD movies in 3D, S-Force Front Surround 3D complements your HD entertainment experience with powerful, ultra-realistic audio.


The integrated HD web camera powered by ‘Exmor’ technology delivers a crisp, clear High Definition image. It’s ideal for more realistic, satisfying web chats and video calls.


Touching the handily placed WEB button gets you powered up and online in seconds. There’s also an ASSIST button that launches VAIO Care software, troubleshooting problems and keeping your VAIO in top condition.


An HDMI® output connects the VAIO L Series 3D to any HD Ready television to watch video, photos, graphics and games on your TV screen. It’s also the first all-in-one PC with a 3D HDMI input, allowing this VAIO to display 3D video from a connected PlayStation®3. You’ll enjoy a superb view of PlayStation®3 games and other connected HD sources – even when the PC’s not booted up.


The VAIO L Series 3D adds yet another new dimension to your 3D world. It’s easy to create colourful 3D artworks with supplied Family Paint 3D software. Select from a choice of backgrounds and build your masterpiece on the large touchscreen with a wide range of sketch, paint, stamp and text tools. Adjust the depth of up to five separate picture layer, and enjoy the spectacular results in 3D. It’s a great way for all the family to have fun making their own 3D content.


The all-in-one 24” VAIO L Series 3D multimedia PC by Sony is available in the UK from retailers including Sony Centres, John Lewis and PC World, from October 2011.






(Future) platform with 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor


Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit


8GB DDR3 SDRAM (1333MHz)


1TB Serial ATA


61cm (24.0”) VAIO Display Plus (Full HD 1920×1080) multi-touch plus “Edge Access”


NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M with 1GB VRAM

Optical drive

Blu-ray Disc™ Drive with DVD SuperMulti


WLAN 802.11b/g/n; Bluetooth® Ver 3.0 + HS; Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (x3), SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (x2); HDMI® Output (x1); HDMI® Input (x1); HD Web Camera powered by “Exmor”; S-Force Front Surround 3D; Dolby Home Theater® technology; Internal stereo speakers 5.5W+5.5W; DISPLAY OFF button, ASSIST button, WEB button, VAIO button; wireless keyboard and laser wireless mouse

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Sony have made a lot of announcements in the last 24 hours, including a new 15.5″ Vaio S series laptop and boasts glasses-free 3D playback and long battery life.

VAIO S Series 15 5 inch low res

  • Thin and light with stylish full-flat design
  • 15.5” Full HD (1920 x 1080) VAIO Display Plus screen
  • Work and play for up to 13 hours with optional Sheet battery
  • View 3D content using optional ‘glasses-free’ 3D panel accessory

The VAIO S Series range of notebook PCs from Sony announces a new, slim, power-packed 15.5” addition to the family.


The new model offers all the performance and thinness of its 13.3″ sibling while adding a larger screen to suit anyone who needs more room to work and play.


Just 24.5mm thin and weighing a travel-friendly 2kg (approx.), the new VAIO S Series can be carried easily between meetings or lectures in a backpack or case. Crafted in magnesium and aluminium for lightness and rigidity, the stylish ‘full-flat’ design features a concealed hinge mechanism that doesn’t distract your view of what’s on-screen.


The 15.5” Full HD VAIO Display Plus screen offers a clear, generously-sized view of documents, movies and more. On-screen glare from office lights and other sources is diffused smoothly for a clear, comfortable image without distracting screen reflections that can cause eye strain during prolonged viewing.


The VAIO S lets you keep working and playing all day and into the night. The internal battery gives power for up to 6.5 hours1 of computing time (in stamina mode). Available as an option, a secondary Sheet battery can be charged separately from the PC and attached at any time, boosting total stamina up to 13 hours1. If you’re in a hurry, Quick Charge gives you an hour’s worth of battery life from just 20 minutes recharging time on AC power.


A conveniently-placed performance switch lets you choose ‘speed mode’ for maximum performance, or ‘stamina mode’ for longer battery life when you’re away from mains power.


The backlit isolation keyboard includes a dedicated numeric keypad for precise, rapid data entry. There’s also an ambient light sensor that automatically dims display brightness to conserve power when the lights are low. Video chats with friends and family are crisp and clear thanks to the HD web camera powered by ‘Exmor’ technology.


Models configured to order with an SSD drive feature Quick Boot, loading Genuine Windows® 7 significantly faster than conventional notebooks to save you precious time. Available on selected models only, embedded VAIO ‘everywair’ 3G WWAN lets you connect on the move via your mobile broadband operator at up to 14.4Mbps (download) and 5.76 Mbps (upload). All models feature a conveniently-placed WEB button that powers up your PC for Internet access in seconds.


VGP-FL3D15A ‘glasses-free’ 3D panel

Now you can enjoy an immersive three-dimensional viewing experience without wearing 3D glasses. Available as an optional accessory for VAIO S Series models configured with Blu-ray Disc™ drive, the new VGP-FL3D15A is a ‘glasses-free’ 3D panel that attaches easily to the computer’s LCD screen.


VAIO uses face detection technology by Sony to track the viewer’s head position via the PC’s built-in web camera, adjusting images for a clear, satisfying 3D experience that’s always comfortable to watch. Enjoy 3D movie titles on VAIO models equipped with a Blu-ray Disc™ drive with a vivid sense of depth and extra realism. View 3D still photos and Sweep Panorama images captured with compatible Cyber-shot™ and α NEX cameras.


A wide range of optional accessories includes a docking station, carrying cases and mice.


The new VAIO S Series 15.5” notebook PC is available in the UK exclusively from Sony Centres, Currys, PC World and John Lewis from October 2011.





(Future) 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor-based Mobile Platform


Genuine Windows® 7 Professional (64bit) with Service Pack 1




750GB 5400rpm


39.5cm (15.5”) VAIO Display Plus (1920×1080) with wide (16:9) aspect ratio


AMD Radeon™ HD 6630M (1GB VRAM) + Intel® HD Graphics 3000

Optical drive

Blu-ray Disc™ ROM Drive with DVD SuperMulti


WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n; 3G WWAN; Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR; Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (x2), SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (x1); HDMI out; stereo speakers with Dolby® Home Theater® v4; HD web camera powered by ‘Exmor’ (1.3 effective megapixels); Web, VAIO and Assist buttons; touchpad with gesture support
Dimensions DxHxW Approx. 255.9 x 24.5 x 380mm
Weight Approx. 2kg (with standard supplied battery)

It’s that time of the year again! IFA is the European equivalent to CES and is once again being held in Berlin and UWHS will be there reporting on anything cool and exciting.

IFA Logo Date

There have already been a number of announcements from various companies including Sony and there are plenty more to come!

So stay tuned!

And if there is anything you would like us to try and look at in more detail just let us know!

Today at IFA 2011, Sony confirmed the launch dates for it’s two new tablet devices, and they have their final names – the Sony Tablet S and the Sony Tablet P.

Sony Tablet PTablets

Available in the UK from mid-September 2011, “Sony Tablet” S is optimised for “rich media entertainment” on its 9.4” touchscreen display. With the powerful NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 mobile processor inside, “Sony Tablet” S lets you enjoy the web plus your favourite content and applications on its large, high resolution screen. Weighing 598g (approx.) (Wi-Fi version), its unique asymmetric design conveys a sense of lightness for hours of comfortable use. A Wi-Fi/3G version of Tablet S will be available from November 2011.

Also available from November, “Sony Tablet” P is geared for “mobile communication entertainment”, with an innovative folding design and dual screens for maximum portability. Weighing 372g (approx.), “Sony Tablet” P features the same NIVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 mobile processor and offers connectivity via Wi-Fi and 3G mobile networks. Dual 5.5″ touchscreen displays can be folded to achieve dimensions of just 79x180x26mm (approx.) to fit in a pocket.

Wi-Fi only models are equipped with Android™ 3.1 (to be upgradable to Android 3.2) and Wi-Fi/3G models are equipped with Android 3.2.

Both “Sony Tablet” models feature front and rear facing cameras for still and video image capture. The USB 2.0 port and SD card slot simplify direct file transfers from other devices such as PCs, digital cameras or camcorders.

Accessory options include AC adaptor, rechargeable battery (for “Sony Tablet” P), LCD screen protector, a variety of carrying cases, USB adaptor cable and Bluetooth keyboard.

  • World’s first PlayStation® Certified tablets
  • Wirelessly throw personal music and video to a TV or Hi-Fi
  • Control your home entertainment devices with a built in Universal Remote*
  • Optimally designed hardware and software
  • Swift and smooth experience
  • Network entertainment – connect with an immersive world of movies, music, games and books
  • Cross-device connectivity to easily share content

These two new tablets look very cool and I cant wait to get my hands on them. Look for more information and hopefully a hands-on over the next few days.

Price wise, here in the UK, the 16GB Tablet S with WiFi will be £399.99 and the 32GB with Wi-Fi will be £499.99. The 16GB with Wi-Fi and 3G will be £499.99.


“Sony Tablet” S

“Sony Tablet” P

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Wi-Fi + 3G

Wi-Fi + 3G

Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n

Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n, 3G

Operating System

Android™ 3.1

Android™ 3.2


23.8cm (9.4”) WXGA (1280×800 pixels) TFT colour LCD

13.9cm (5.5”) Ultra Wide VGA (1024×480) ×2


NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 Mobile Processor 1GHz

External Ports

USB 2.0 Micro-AB connector (host/client) x1, Headphone (Stereo, mini jack) x1 (also serves as mono mic jack)


USB 2.0 Micro-B connector x1, Headphone (Stereo, mini jack) x1 (also serves as mono mic jack)


Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR standard

Infrared technology

Infrared Remote Control Functionality

Card Slot

SD memory slot x1

microSD card slot x1

(2GB x1 supplied)


Front: 0.3 effective megapixels

Rear: 5.11 effective megapixels (HD camera powered by “Exmor for mobile“)


3-Axis Accelerometer, Gyrosensor , Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor

Battery Life


Browsing web with Wi-Fi, watching video, listening to musicUp to 8 hours

*Standard usage


Approx. 430 hours (Standby), Approx. 31 hours (playing music), Approx. 6 hours (playing video), Approx. 6.2hours (web browsing via Wi-Fi)

Browsing web with Wi-Fi, watching video, listening to musicUp to 8 hours

*Standard usage


Approx. 400 hours (Standby), Approx. 31 hours (playing music), Approx. 6 hours (playing video), Approx. 6.2 hours (web browsing via Wi-Fi), Approx. 4.5 hours (web browsing via 3G)


Browsing web with Wi-Fi, watching video, listening to musicUp to 7 hours

*Standard usage


Approx. 120 hours (Standby), Approx. 16.8 hours (playing music), Approx. 6.5 hours (playing video), Approx. 6.1 hours (web browsing via Wi-Fi), Approx. 4.6 hours (web browsing via 3G)



Approx. 241.2mm x 10.1mm (thickest point: 20.6mmx 174.3 mm

When opened : Approx. 180mm x 14mm x 158mm

When closed : Approx. 180mm x 26mm x 79mm


Approx. 598g

Approx. 625g

Approx. 372g

Sony have just announced the World’s lightest eReader with Enhanced Touchscreen. Oh, and a specially-created limited edition of Reader Wi-Fi for Harry Potter fans!


· Hold effortlessly in one hand: just 168 grams and 8.9mm thin
· Browse and download a huge range of eBooks via Wi-Fi
· Turn pages smoothly, zoom in and out, look up in dictionary or make notes, all on advanced, high-contrast touchscreen
· Borrow eBooks directly and wirelessly from your public library
· Over one month of battery life* lets you read without recharging on holidays or trips away
· Available in three fashionable colours: red, white and black

Treat yourself to the most natural and immersive reading experience with the new Reader™ Wi-Fi® (model PRS-T1) from Sony – the world’s lightest1 15.2cm (6”) eReader that also features an enhanced touchscreen.

Now with Wi-Fi, Reader gives you the additional freedom to buy, borrow or get eBooks for free wherever there’s a wireless connection available.

From the latest releases to popular titles and classics, it’s easy to browse and download titles in seconds from a huge range of compatible bookstores and other web sites. You will also be able to purchase and download eBooks and periodicals via Wi-Fi from the rapidly-expanding catalogue available at the Reader™ Store2. What’s more, Reader Wi-Fi is the worlds’ first3 eReader that will allow you to borrow eBooks wirelessly from public libraries thanks to simple, seamless access on the device4 via an on-screen ‘Public Library’ icon.

Slipping effortlessly into a bag or pocket, Reader Wi-Fi is no bigger than a paperback book. 8.9mm thin and weighing just 168 grams it’s supremely comfortable to hold, with a gently curving profile that fits naturally in your hand.

Enjoying your favourite book is even more of a pleasure with the advanced Dual Touch screen. E Ink® Pearl electronic paper displays a clear, glare-free, high contrast image that’s easy to read for hours, even in direct sunlight.

Touch the screen to choose a book. Swipe a finger to turn the page, or zoom in and out by pinching your fingers together or apart. Tap on a word and hold to find its meaning from two built-in English language dictionaries. Words can also be translated to and from English using ten built-in translation dictionaries. You can even write notes on the page or highlight text with a finger or the supplied stylus – just like a real book.

Finding your way around the longest title is refreshingly quick and intuitive. Bookmark pages and return to them instantly, or search for particular passages and jump straight to the text you’re looking for.

While you’re reading, get extra information easily on a word or phrase with in-text access to Google™ and Wikipedia® look-ups. A simple browser also lets you download other compatible5 documents from the web via Wi-Fi for easy reading while you’re on the move.

Reader Wi-Fi handles a wide range of digital formats, including the popular EPUB eBook standard plus PDF and TXT documents. View your collection of digital photos on screen, or plug in a pair of headphones and listen to stored music tracks while you’re reading. The front cover image of your current title or a favourite photo can be displayed as a screensaver when Reader is in standby.

Fine-tune your reading experience with eight adjustable font sizes plus a choice of six font styles. Screen contrast and brightness are easily adjusted for comfortable viewing in any lighting conditions.

Its long battery life lets you read for over one month without needing a recharge (3 weeks with wireless on). Reader Wi-Fi can be used while the battery charges via USB on a connected PC, so there’s no need to interrupt your favourite book.

With a capacity of 2GB – enough to hold around 1,200 eBooks – internal memory space is easily expanded with an optional microSD card to hold tens of thousands more.

Style-matched optional accessories for your Reader include a form-fitting cover with built-in lighting arm that angles for reading at night or in dimly lit places.

Reader Wi-Fi with Pottermore download offer6

Sony’s first offer in its collaboration with J.K. Rowling’s eagerly anticipated Pottermore website (www.pottermore.com) is a specially-created limited edition of Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1) which includes a voucher that enables Harry Potter fans to download the first Harry Potter eBook title, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, from Pottermore. Pottermore, a unique website which builds an exciting and immersive online experience around the Harry Potter books and is the exclusive retailer of the Harry Potter digital eBooks, is partnered by Sony.

Reader Wi-Fi (model: PRS-T1) by Sony is available in Europe from October 2011, depending on country.

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