VAIO has up to date its well-liked 13-inch VAIO S laptops bought within the U.S. with Intel’s newest eightth Era Core i5/i7 processors that includes 4 cores. Apart from new CPUs, the techniques have additionally added the corporate’s new TruePerformance expertise, which is designed to take care of the next turbo increase frequency for longer durations of time. The brand new VAIO S additionally function a fingerprint reader and a TPM 2.Zero module, emphasizing their enterprise nature. In the meantime the 2018 VAIO S retain their “basic” chassis together with a set of connectors, so they don’t help trendy headers, comparable to USB Sort-C.

The brand new VAIO S laptops are primarily based on Intel’s quad-core Core i5-8250U or Core i7-8550U processors with Intel UHD Graphics 620 accompanied by eight – 16 GB of LPDDR3-1866 reminiscence and a PCIe SSD that includes 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB capability. One of many key options of the 2018 VAIO S notebooks is the TruePerformance expertise that guarantees to maximise time CPU works at elevated frequencies, giving VAIO a aggressive benefit over different laptops primarily based on the identical processor.

VAIO’s TruePerformance tech is a mixture of VAIO’s elevated CPU energy limits and a cooling system that may deal with the elevated warmth. For reference, Intel’s Turbo Enhance 2.Zero expertise will increase the CPU frequency in increments of 100 MHz when an working system requests the next efficiency state. Usually, the period of time CPU can work at its most Turbo Enhance 2.Zero-defined frequency is about 20 to 30 seconds (in keeping with VAIO), then it has to scale back its clocks due to thermals and different elements. VAIO claims that even when it elevated the period of time a processor operates at its TB 2.Zero-defined peak to 40 seconds, this is able to not convey many advantages to finish customers.

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As a substitute, engineers from VAIO elevated the bottom TDP limits of Intel CPUs to extend the period of time the chips function at an above-nominal frequency (or frequencies), however under the TB 2.Zero-defined peak frequency. The corporate doesn’t say whether or not it boosted TDP of Intel’s eightth Era Core i5/i7 CPUs all the best way to  25 W from 15 W (a rise allowed by Intel and known as configurable TDP-up) which might clarify and outline greater frequencies. Meawhile, VAIO admits it wanted to revamp its CPU VRMs in addition to its cooling system to take away the additional warmth. The brand new cooler has a thicker vent (and possibly an enlarged radiator) in addition to apply a brand new fan rotation velocity management algorithm to make sure that the chips don’t overheat.

Based mostly on graphs demonstrated by VAIO, its TruePerformance expertise can enhance a CPU efficiency in Cinebench by 11% ~ 13% when in comparison with the identical CPU with out the tech. In the meantime, the elevated TDP restrict may also raise iGPU efficiency by four.5% ~ eight.6%. Whereas efficiency will increase will not be radical, they add worth to VAIO’s new PCs.

Now, again to the laptops themselves. This yr’s VAIO S techniques are outfitted with a 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth four.1 module, a GbE connector, a Zero.92 MP webcam, an SD card reader, a fingerprint reader, a TPM 2.Zero module and so forth. Configuration of I/O ports stays unchanged from the unique (non-Sony) VAIO S mannequin launched in 2016: three USB three.Zero ports (together with one always-on USB three.Zero for charging), a TRRS audio connector, an HDMI and a D-Sub output. In the case of battery life, the brand new mannequin S can work for roughly eight hours 45 minutes on one cost, relying on the mannequin and utilization, which is in step with previous-gen VAIO S techniques, however is hardly spectacular when in comparison with different trendy laptops.

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As for show and bodily dimensions, the brand new VAIO S contains a 13.three” display with a 1920&occasions;1080 decision, it weighs nearly a kilogram (2.34 lbs) and is just 15 – 17.eight mm thick. When in comparison with the 2016 VAIO S, the chassis obtained ~1.eight mm thicker at its thinnest level and ~Zero.2 mm thinner at its thickest level, which is hardly a giant deal for portability.

The VAIO S 2018 at a Look
CPUSKUCore i5-8250UCore i7-8550U
Cache6 MBeight MB
FrequencyBase1.6 GHz1.eight GHz
cTDP-up1.eight GHz (?)2 GHz (?)
Turbothree.four GHzfour GHz
 cTDP-up25 W (?)
GPUSKUIntel HD Graphics 620 (GT2)
24 EUs, Gen 9
Base300 MHz
Turbo1.1 GHz1.15 GHz
DRAMeight GB LPDDR3-186616 GB LPDDR3-1866
USBthree &occasions; USB three.Zero Sort-A (one w/cost)
Card ReaderSD card reader
Wi-Fi2&occasions;2 802.11ac
Show OutputsD-Sub
AudioStereo Audio system
TRRS audio jack for headsets
WebcamZero.92 MP webcam
Fingerprint ReaderSure
Battery Lifeeight hours 45 minutes
DimensionsWidth12.61" | 32 cm
Deptheight.53" | 21.66 cm
ThicknessZero.59" – Zero.7" | 15 – 17.eight mm
Weight2.34 lbs | 1.06 kg
Worth at Launch$1,199$1,599$1,899$2,199

The brand new VAIO S will probably be out there within the U.S. this month at MSRPs ranging from $1,199. It’s noteworthy that in Japan VAIO provides two business-oriented VAIO S lineups — with 11.6” and 13.three” shows (there’s additionally a household with a 15.5” display, however it’s barely aimed toward enterprise prospects). Each VAIO S11 and S13 are primarily based on Intel’s newest quad-core Core i5/i7 8000-series processors, include non-obligatory LTE modems and even function spill-resistant keyboards which are by no means talked about in case of the U.S. VAIO S 2018.

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