updated 05:38 am EDT, Tue July 1, 2014
VAIO Pro, VAIO Fit first notebooks from new VAIO corporation
The first VAIO-branded computers following the sale of Sony's PC business have launched in Japan. The first two devices being sold, the VAIO Pro and the VAIO Fit, appear to be a continuation of earlier devices of the same name, with the design and specifications apparently similar to the original versions launched last year under the control of Sony.
The VAIO Pro will ship with 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch Full HD options, with Pocket-Lint noting as having 4GB of RAM, an Intel Core i7 processor, a battery lasting up to 11.5 hours, and Windows 8.1 pre-installed. The VAIO Fit opts for a 15-inch display and similar specifications, with both using Sony's Triluminos display technology. It is unlikely for the new VAIO devices to ship outside of Japan.
VAIO Pro, VAIO Fit
The VAIO brand was sold off to Japan Industrial Partners so that Sony could concentrate on its mobile phone business. The Verge reports Sony will continue to have some influence, taking a five-percent investment in the venture as well as selling the notebooks through its own online store. The new VAIO Corporation claims it will not have more than 240 employees, signifying a much smaller scale of operation compared to previous Sony-led efforts.