TORONTO, ON – Sony today introduced the TZ VAIO, a new line up of high-performance ultra-portable notebooks that incorporate the power of a larger PC into a small, portable unit. Measuring less than one-inch thick and weighing in at less than three pounds, these new luxuriously sleek PCs can be taken just about anywhere in style.
Designed with portability in mind, the TZ VAIO offers fast, secure and integrated access to Bell's high speed mobile network. With a subscription to a wireless Internet plan, clients can access the Internet, email, network applications or corporate VPNs, all on the go. This means access without the need for a data card, phone jack, or hot spot. As Bell's high speed mobile network is dedicated to data use, it offers extremely fast upload and download rates. Clients can enjoy broadband-like speed, wirelessly, almost everywhere their business takes them in North America (available in 1xEV-DO coverage areas).
"It is becoming increasingly important for our customers to have access to the latest technologies at all times." says Puneet Jain, director, IT marketing, for Sony Canada. "With the introduction of the ultra-slim, ultra-light TZ VAIO, our customers are able to conveniently transport their notebook to wherever they may be, and access an expanded variety of technologies and information without being confined to a traditional hot spot."
The notebook packs the latest Intel® Core™ 2 Duo ultra-low processor designed for high performance and low power consumption — perfect for advanced multi-tasking. The unit delivers anywhere from four to 7.5 hours of standard battery life on a single charge.
The notebook is available in classic black and champagne gold. The unit has a carbon-fibre casing that contributes to its lightweight and durable, extra-slim shape. The model incorporates an energy-efficient 11.1-inch widescreen display (diagonal) with Sony's original XBRITE-HiColour LCD technology, producing images in brilliant detail for razor-sharp viewing on the go.
Designed for ease-of-use, the keyboard's keys are raised slightly above an attractive piano-black bezel layer producing a user-friendly touch. An extra support layer has been added to increase the stability of the keys, giving them an unwavering motion for quieter typing.
The TZ VAIO is also compatible with Bluetooth®-enabled devices and offers advanced features like LocationFree® software and a DVD and CD burner that meet the entertainment needs of any PC user.
Mobility and Performance
"Wireless access from a laptop offers real freedom to access the Internet quickly, securely, and from wherever they may be in our national network coverage," said Adel Bazerghi, vice president, products for Bell Mobility. "With our variety of wireless Internet plans, clients can find the value and price that suits them best."
Plans for lighter users start at $25 per month for 4 MB of use and Bell recently launched an unlimited data plan for $75 per month, an exceptional value for heavier users. Customer can find more information about these plans at bell.ca/sonyvaio or sonystyle.ca/bell.
The unit's built-in 802.11n wireless LAN capabilities make it faster and easier to connect to compatible wireless networks with greater performance and range. The new notebook features integrated Bluetooth technology for wireless communication with compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices. Sony's SmartWi™ technology has also been added for a seamless experience navigating between wireless WAN, wireless LAN and Bluetooth technologies. The laptop is also compatible with hot spots.
An optional MOTION EYE® camera with a microphone built into the razor-thin LCD panel lets PC users video conference with colleagues, families and friends with an Internet connection and VoIP service (sold separately).
For security, an integrated biometrics fingerprint sensor has been added so that content is password protected and accessible with the touch of a finger. The PC comes pre-installed with the Microsoft® Windows Vista® Business operating system.
Entertainment With the incorporated Instant Mode, the TZ VAIO enables consumers to go straight to watching a movie, playing music or viewing photos at the touch of a button, without having to boot-up the operating system.
The included Click to DVD® software and DVD±R Double Layer/DVD±RW drive can be used to create customized DVDs, dynamic presentations and manage multimedia files.
The standard VAIO TZ notebook will be priced at approximately $2,299, and available at www.sonystyle.ca or the Sony Store.
About Sony of Canada Ltd.
Established in 1955, Sony of Canada Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation, of Tokyo, Japan, a world leader in High Definition. Sony provides end-to-end solutions through products that include the market-leading Blu-ray player, BRAVIA televisions, Cyber-shot digital cameras, Handycam Camcorders, VAIO computers, broadcast cameras, IPELA security cameras and video conferencing and many more products that deliver the true entertainment experience.
Sony is one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world with a portfolio that includes electronics, music, movies, games and online businesses.
With headquarters in Toronto, sales offices in Vancouver and Montreal and distribution centres in Coquitlam, British Columbia, and Whitby, Ontario, approximately 1,200 employees support a network of more than 500 authorized dealers and 79 Sony stores across Canada.
Sony Canada is proud to support the communities in which it operates through corporate sponsorships of organizations that include the Make-a-Wish Foundation Canada, the United Way and Earth Day Canada.
Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers with solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone services, wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television and voice over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications technology (ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual Chief Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses (SMBs). Bell is proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Communications Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. For information on Bell's products and services, please visit www.bell.ca. For corporate information on BCE, please visit www.bce.ca.
For more information contact:
Sony of Canada Silverhammer Public Relations
Tony Smith Joanne Elson
Vice President, Marketing Communications Account Executive
(416) 495-3707 (416) 324-2024
Bell Media Relations
1 877 410-4221