Sony Unveils VAIO® Duo 13 and VAIO® Pro 13/11 Ultrabook

Offering new ways to use your PC in different scenes, whether for work or play



Sony Corporation (“Sony”) announced new additions to the summer 2013 VAIO line-up with the introduction of VAIO® Duo 13 and VAIO® Pro 13/11. Designed to enhance individuals’ lifestyles, the new slider hybrid PC, VAIO® Duo 13, and mobile VAIO® Pro 13/11 complete the line-up of existing entertainment-centered VAIO® Fit 15. The processors are also updated to the Intel 4th Generation Haswell for better performance and battery life.

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The VAIO® Duo 13 and VAIO® Pro 13/11 harness Sony’s innovative display, digital imaging, and sound technology, while providing a choice of new personal computing experiences. “Our aim is to provide customers with a variety of new ways to use their PCs by combining powerful Sony technologies with new form factors,” said Ryosuke Akahane, SVP and President of VAIO & Mobile Business Group. “We’re aiming to make devices that will enhance and enrich individuals’ lifestyles in both work and play. One example is the VAIO® Duo 13’s camera functionality which has the ability to take crisp images of documents using the computer’s camera as if it were a scanner. Images are clear enough to recognise and tag text, allowing for easier, more effective and efficient searching and editing.”

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VAIO® Duo 13

The VAIO® Duo 13 is a slider hybrid Ultrabook which provides a multitude of new user solutions with its unique form factor as well as accurate and versatile pen solution.

Surf Slider design

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The unique Surf Slider design of the VAIO® Duo 13 allows for a quick and seamless transition between slate and keyboard modes. Sliding the screen back while in slate mode reveals a keyboard as well as a touch pad and returning it to its original position will put the VAIO® Duo 13 back in slate mode, favouring touch and pen manipulation. While in slate mode, users can easily operate the VAIO® Duo 13 by touching it or using its digitizer stylus, whilst keyboard mode perfectly accommodates conventional PC usage such as quickly editing documents. The convenience of slate mode, combined with the efficiency of keyboard mode, creates a greatly improved PC experience.


Active even during sleep, and longest  battery life

VAIO® Duo 13’s innovative standby technology offers many advantages. For example, its constant connection to the internet, even while in sleep mode, gives it the ability to continue updating applications and receive emails when it’s asleep. On top of this, the VAIO® Duo 13 is able to wake from sleep mode in less than one second, eliminating the need to wait for the notebook to resume.


However, the most incredible part of this technology is that VAIO® Duo 13 is able to provide these benefits without compromising battery life. On the contrary, the VAIO® Duo 13 has the longest1 battery life2 when compared with any Ultrabook.


Camera and pen solutions

The 8M built-in rear camera featuring the “Exmor RS for PC” image sensor has made it possible, for the very first time, to take images of documents clear enough for the computer to recognise and tag text. By including the “Exmor RS for PC” image sensor in the camera of the VAIO Duo® 13, Sony has made it possible to tag text in photos taken of documents and blackboards. This ability, combined with the “CamScanner” application, allows the VAIO® Duo 13 to be used as if it were a scanner – snapping, tagging and saving pictures of documents and whiteboards with ease. “CamScanner” also has the ability to straighten images of documents and photos taken at odd angles; allowing individuals to focus on taking photos of important material instead of trying to line up the perfect shot.

The OptiContrast panel on the VAIO® Duo 13 allows for a more accurate and natural writing experience when using the digitizer stylus. The digitizer stylus enables users to take notes using the memo-taking application, “Note Anytime for VAIO”, or easily create their own works in “Active Clip” using pictures stored on their PC.


High resolution picture and high-fidelity sound

TRILUMINOS® Display for mobile allows users access to a wide palette of rich natural colours thanks to Sony’s BRAVIA expertise. This technology has made it possible to express differences in colour more accurately. It can display the subtle differences of various reds, blues, and greens, as well as emerald green. For example, TRILUMINOS® Display for mobile has the ability to reproduce a variety of reds found in a rose or blues in the sky.


Users are in for a treat when they combine TRILUMINOS® Display for mobile with a full HD display and Sony’s super resolution technology, X-Reality for mobile. X-Reality for mobile analyses each image and reproduces lacking pixels to optimise quality for the sharpest videos. It analyses elements depending on the scene and adjusts them based on pattern, outline and colour composition. It strengthens subtle patterns and accurately portrays their detailed feel, while reinforcing bold outlines. It also enhances colour composition, vividly reproducing hard-to-display natural colours.


These display technologies fuse with the audio enhancing ClearAudio+ mode to offer an audio-visual experience that can’t be easily replicated. ClearAudio+ mode, developed with Sony’s own signal processing technologies, allows users to effortlessly enjoy audio quality that is distinctly Sony. By simply activating ClearAudio+ mode, users can enjoy Sony’s recommended sound in ultimate clarity and presence.

VAIO Duo 13 Specifications Sheet


Model VAIO Duo 13 (i7) VAIO Duo 13 (i5)
Processor Intel® Core™ i7-4500U Intel® Core™ i5-4200U
Memory 8 GB (8 GB (On Board)) LPDDR3 SDRAM 4 GB (4 GB (On Board)) LPDDR3 SDRAM
Storage 256 GB 128 GB

13.3 inch   wide (Full HD: 1920 x 1080) TFT colour display (TRILUMINOS DISPLAY for   mobile, LED backlight, OptiContrast™ Panel)

Touch Screen



Intel® HD   Graphics 4400

Camera (Front)

Full HD   web camera powered by “Exmor R for PC”

Camera (Rear)

8M Camera   powered by “Exmor RS for PC”

Audio Technology

ClearAudio+   mode (Music, Video), S-FORCE Front Surround 3D, “Clear Phase”,   “xLOUD”,  “VPT”,   “Voice Zoom”, “Sound Optimizer”

Battery Life

VGP-BPS36   Lithium-ion battery: up to 11.0 hours of use

NFC Function


Dimensions (WxHxD)

330 x 9.2   (maximum 19.5) x 210 mm

Weight 1.348 kg (including the supplied battery) 1.343 kg (including the supplied battery)


By Harry