updated 02:40 pm EDT, Tue May 22, 2007
Sony VAIO BX41
Complementing an early release in France, Sony has just launched its VAIO BX41 notebook. Despite its professional audience, the system is built both for stronger 3D and other media-friendly roles than typical for its class: a 128MB Mobility Radeon HD 2300 and a 1.3-megapixel webcam are standard. A Santa Rosa-based 2GHz Core 2 Duo on an 800MHz bus is teamed up with 2GB of RAM for better overall speed. Storage is offered through a 120GB hard drive and a DVD rewriter.
A formal ship date for the notebooks is unknown, but should be revealed soon. Sony offers a single BX41 model in the UK with a fingerprint reader and Windows Vista Business for £1,056 ($2,086) after taxes. Parallel announcements outside of the region are unlikely given the absence of the BX series on North American shores.