You won’t hear Sony speak of its Chromebook aloud yet. But you can rest assured, it is coming soon and I bet you can’t wait to take a closer look at it. Which fortunately you can thanks to a series of documents outlining what Sony has in store for us with the Vaio VCC111 Chromebook, released by the Federal Communications Commission. In case you want to jump straight into the deep you can read the userguide here or check out a series of photo’s the FCC published here.
Let’s start with the specs (and just to be sure, they’re rumored specs dating back to march 2011):
11.6 inch Screen: Size wise slightly smaller then the 12.1 that comes with the Samsung series 5. See it’s specs here. The user experience will on that part be equally nice as with the current Chromebooks.
1.2 GHz Processor: When compared to the 1.66 Ghz Intel® ATOM Processor N570 in use on current models, the Vaio will be a nice leap forward. It is however in more or less the same league as the next-gen Samsung Series 5 Chromebook which will sport a dual-core Intel Celeron processor, as a Samsung rep told CNET at CES 2012. On the bottom of the Vaio there’s a tag that says “T25”, this could indicate a Nvidia Tegra 250 T25 ARM processor, which is 1.2 GHz dual-core.
16 GB SSD Storage: That surely won’t do you much good, when you’d be talking about a regular old school laptop. But as you’ve been able to read in my series of Making the Switch articles, you can do pretty much everything you’d like online using Chrome apps. And the great thing is that those apps offer the possibility to store related files on their respective servers. In case you’re still in dire need of more storage you can choose a file storage service. Google Drive being the best choice since you are living inside the Google sphere, amongst other great reasons of course.
1 or 2 GB of Ram: Depending on what source you go with tha Vaio comes with either 1 or 2 GB of RAM. I myself think it is most likely for Sony to opt for 2 GB of RAM. This matches better with the 1.2 GHz processor and it’s already on the current models. 1 GB would just feel like a step back to me. But, that’s all me speculating here.
8 Hour Battery Life: For those of us that are students or have a location free work style like me, battery life is everything. 8 hours would be great. No more half day battery recharge sessions. If Sony did opt for the energy efficient ARM processor 8 hours does seem very possible.
2 USB ports and SD card reader:
Headphone / microphone jacks and HDMI port:
Bluetooth & Wireless-N: Peripherals with no strings attached, or Bluetooth, will greatly enhance the usability of your Chromebook. Having it build in to the Vaio Chromebook opens the door to easy use of Bluetooth mice and headsets.
Changes are possible
As you’ve read above, a lot about the Sony Vaio Chromebook is still unclear. There are no official specs, no official announcement even. So for now we’ll have to do with what I’ve covered so far. Do I think it’s accurate? For the most part I think it is, but when a manual on a Chrome OS device references the Windows Start button to get to the Help and Support section and the complete Userguide, you they aren’t done yet. We’ll just have to wait and see.
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