updated 04:10 pm EDT, Fri July 11, 2008
Sony VAIO BZ Detailed Leak
A series of leaks of Sony VAIO updates has wound to a conclusion on Friday with the appearance of the VAIO BZ. The 15.4-inch pro system shifts to a new 1440x900, LED-backlit display which both produces a better picture, reduces the power draw, and more eco-friendly; like other recent leaks, both systems are also based on Intel's imminent Centrino 2 platform and will come with faster GMA X4500HD integrated graphics than the outgoing BX models.
At least two models are expected: a simpler BZ11XN model provides a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo, 3GB of memory, and a 200GB, 5,400RPM hard drive. A more advanced BZ11VN edition speeds up with a 2.4GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, and a quicker-loading 7,200RPM hard drive with the same space.
Sony hasn't supplied clues as to the BZ series' release date but may not release the thin-and-light notebook until the launch of all chipsets for Centrino 2, which isn't anticipated until early August.