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Featuring Intel® mobile technology, VAIO® SZ Series comes with biometric fingerprint sensor, G-Sensor(TM) Shock Protection, as well as built-in microphone and camera. Its 13.3 in. widescreen display uses XBRITE(TM) LCD technology. SZ Premium series adds integrated wireless Wide Area Network technology, measures 0.9 in. thick, and weighs under 4 lb. Both series feature Hybrid Graphics System, Sound Reality(TM) technology, and DVD+R double layer/DVD+RW drive.



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Lightweight Sony Notebook PC Delivers Trifecta of Mobility, Power and Style



New VAIO SZ Series Packs High-End Features and Advanced Security into Intelligent Design

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4 / -- CES (Booth #14200) -- In its quest to put more power into a small package, Sony is raising the bar once again with its new VAIO(R) SZ series notebooks. Using the latest mobile technology from Intel(R), the diminutive SZ notebook and even thinner SZ Premium model deliver feature-rich computing at top speed with remarkably low power consumption, helping savvy travelers work faster and play longer.

To keep you safe on the road and at home, the SZ series has a biometric fingerprint sensor to protect your valuable data from hacks and snoops, and G-Sensor(TM) Shock Protection, which can lock your hard drive when it senses a change in g-force or risky movement, like being dropped. The SZ series notebooks also include a built-in microphone and camera to make long-distance communication with colleagues, family and friends convenient and fun. The 13.3-inch widescreen display makes the PC compact yet still provides a vibrant viewing experience, enhanced with Sony's own XBRITE(TM) LCD technology.

"Road warriors do not want to sacrifice performance for portability," said Mike Abary, vice president of VAIO product marketing at Sony Electronics in the U.S. "Our SZ notebooks are built for mobility and for speed with new protection features to keep even the most frequent flyers traveling with confidence."

SZ Premium Performance and Design

The SZ Premium series packs all the punch of the SZ model into a slimmer carbon fiber-clad casing. At a mere 0.9 inches slim, and under four pounds light, the Premium series is a welcome but barely noticeable addition to any bag. For additional mobility, select SZ Premium notebooks include integrated wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) technology, allowing you to surf the Internet and check e-mail virtually anywhere there's a cellular signal. Sony's exclusive SmartWi(TM) technology lets you seamlessly toggle between LAN, Bluetooth(R) and WWAN service provided through Cingular's national EDGE data network. See sony.com/cingular for complete offer details, price plans, service terms and conditions and coverage map.

Battery Life to the Max

Both models feature a Hybrid Graphics System that extends battery life by letting you toggle between an internal graphics chip to conserve power, or external graphics chip for superb performance. Plus, the SZ Premium model's razor-thin LCD panel with white LED LCD backlight can bring battery life up to around seven hours.

Work Life Balance: Mobile Entertainment

Recognizing notebook computing isn't strictly about business, the SZ series is also a mobile multimedia powerhouse. Sony's, exclusive Sound Reality(TM) technology enhances the listening experience and an advanced DVD+R double layer/DVD+RW drive creates DVDs and simplifies media storage. For easy transfer of video and other large multimedia files, the SZ series supports ExpressCard(TM), an emerging standard in smaller, faster PC card solutions.

Sony VAIO SZ series notebooks will be widely available this spring with standard models starting at $1,999 and SZ Premium models starting at $2,299. They can be purchased online at www.sonystyle.com/, at SonyStyle(R) stores in high-end fashion malls, or at select retailers around the country. For more information, please visit http://sony.com/sz.

For additional information about Sony computer products, consumers can call (888) 315-SONY, or visit Sony's web site at: http://sony.com/vaio.

CONTACT: Valerie Motis, Sony Electronics Inc., +1-858-942-8016, valerie.motis@am.sony.com; or Alex Withrow, Ruder Finn, +1-415-249-6760, withrowa@ruderfinn.com

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