Hands-on: Sony Fit 15/15E

Hands-on: Sony Fit 15/15E

 

UPDATE 6 June 2013, 1.37pm: Amended CPU information to reflect the use of third-generation Intel Core processors on the VAIO Fit, instead of fourth-generation as mentioned earlier.

The VAIO Fit series are Sony's new touchscreen-enabled mainstream laptops. While Sony showcased both 14-inch and 15-inch editions here at Computex, Singapore will only see the 15-inch variant, which will be made available this weekend.

There will be two variants of the 15-inch laptop; the Fit 15 and the Fit 15E. The Fit 15E features a build that's primarily plastic, though it does come with a built-in subwoofer for (arguably) better sound. The Fit 15 on the other hand, almost feels like  totally different laptop altogether, with lots of machined aluminum on the outside, as well as a diamond-cut VAIO logo on the top lid.

In terms of colors, the Fit 15 will come in silver and black, while the Fit 15E will be available in white, black and pink.

The Fit 15 will come with the speed and high capacity of a hybrid hard disk drive, while the Fit 15E will be configured with a conventional laptop hard disk drive.

Both the Fit 15 and Fit 15E feature touchscreen displays with Full HD resolution. The keyboard is of the full-size variety (in other words, there's a number keypad), while the keys themselves are backlit, a nice touch for what is supposed to be a mainstream laptop for the price-conscious crowd. All VAIO Fit laptops will also come with NFC capability, and of course, will be powered by Intel's latest fourth-generation Core processors (Intel Core i5 for the Fit 15E, and Intel Core i7 for the Fit 15). unlike the VAIO Duo 13 and the VAIO Pro, the VAIO Fit will instead be powered by existing third-generation Inte Core i7 and i5 processors, a.k.a. Ivy Bridge. Sony representatives couldn't comment on whether the VAIO Fit would be upgraded to the fourth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 chips, a.k.a. Haswell, in the future.