The first of the Haswell Ultrabooks have arrived! We thought that we’d start to see them late in the back to school buying period, meaning sometime in August, but Sony has their line up ready to go on Amazon.  The VAIO Pro 11 & 13 are the most exciting in my book, I’ve personally been considering the Pro 13 as my next upgrade.  Sony also has the VAIO DUO if you’re after a convertible.

Sony VAIO Pro 13 & 11: First Haswell Ultrabook Now Available on Amazon

Sony VAIO Pro 11 & Pro 13

There isn’t much difference between the VAIO Pro 11 and 13 apart from the obvious screen size and the larger unit gets a larger 512GB SSD and the smaller a 256GB. If you’re keen on the rest of the specs, here is the basic sheet below.

  • 4th generation (Haswell) Intel Core i5-4200U or i7-4500U
  • Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • 11.6-inch or 13.3-inch touchscreen @ 1920×1080
  • 4GB or 8GB of RAM (1600MHz)
  • 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB SSD (512GB, 13.3-inch only, faster PCIe SSDs on 13.3-inch)
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.0, full HDMI, 3.5mm headphone output, full SD / MS Pro Duo (13.3-inch only)
  • Intel WiDi
  • Available in silver or black
  • Vaio Pro 11: 870g weight, 17mm thickness
  • Vaio Pro 13: 1.1kg weight, 17mm thickness

To our delight these two bad boy’s are available on Amazon, well, the VAIO Pro 13 is the Pro 11 goes official on June 19th, but they are there for us to ready our credit cards.  If you’re keen to head on over you can find the Sony VAIO Pro 11 Haswell Ultrabook starting at $1126 and going all the way up to $1619. The Sony Pro 13 Haswell Ultrabook starts at $1179 and can be configured up to $2219.

We got to go hands on at Computex in June, here is a video:

Sony VAIO DUO 13

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Sony has come out with a larger version of the VAIO DUO 11 with the DUO 13 which along with the size bump, they’ve added in Haswell. This convertible Ultrabook slides into tablet form and the basic design principal hasn’t changed since the smaller Ivy Bridge version but you will find a better display and over all specification for the price. We’ve got a full spec sheet of the VAIO DUO 13 below if you’d like to take a closer look.

  • 4th generation (Haswell) Intel Core i5-4200U, i7-4500U, or i7-4650U processor
  • Intel HD Graphics 4400 or 5000 (depending on processor)
  • 13.3-inch touchscreen @ 1920×1080
  • 4GB of 8GB of RAM (1600MHz)
  • 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB SSD
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.0, full HDMI, full SD / MS Pro Duo slot, 3.5mm headphone output
  • Intel WiDi
  • Active digitizer stylus
  • Optional 4G LTE module from AT&T
  • Available in silver or black
  • 1.32kg weight, 19.5mm thickness

The Sony Duo 13 starts at $1399 and can be customized all the way up to $2619 if you want to head on over to Amazon to check it out. If you want to take a look, we checked out the DUO 13 at Computex, our hands on video is here for your enjoyment.

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  • Jason

    The 2013 macbook air’s have Haswell and have been out for weeks.

  • Oscar

    I’ve been thinking about a Haswell laptop. Waiting on the MacBook Pro refresh. Considered an MacBook/Ultrabook, but I don’t see the problem lugging around a regular 15″ laptop with no optical drive and SSD storage like a Retina MBP.

  • Mike

    That 13 in Silver Dual is sharp !! I think these guys really have outgunned the 2013 MacBook air. Good for Sony. I think I’ll go with the 13 Dual and after seeing the Nokia 1020 show, I ordered it !! Wow. Nice for looking at those great photos the 1020 can take. That you for showing us these.

    • Mike

      Thank You.