VAIO has just launched two new laptop computers, the VAIO Z and the VAIO Z Canvas. Head on over the jump to catch the details on these new machines that have come in after a gap of almost one year.

A year ago, Sony had sold off the VAIO computer division to a Japanese investment fund called Japan Industrial Partners (JIP), citing the radical changes that are currently sweeping through the global PC industry. Obviously, Sony didn’t push out a new VAIO product since then, and had understandably taken a year gap as well. Designed by the brand’s new ownership, and announced in Tokyo today, the VAIO Z is VAIO’s flagship ultrabook and is available as two variants, while the VAIO Z Canvas on the other hand, is more of a powerhouse tablet.

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The VAIO Z with its 13.3-inch display and aluminum carbon shell body can be transformed into a tablet as well thanks to a hinge at the center of its back. The device comes with a choice of an Intel i7 or i5 processor and thanks to the SSD, the VAIO Z is stated to boot up from standby in a mere 0.3 seconds. With VAIO terming the VAIO Z as a “monster PC,” the battery concern is obviously legit. However, the company is stating that users will get around 15 hours of battery life on the machine, which is huge.

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The VAIO Z Canvas meanwhile, is a typical hybrid laptop which sports a detachable keyboard and touch-screen input. Stand it up like a laptop on its back, or pick it up and use it like a tablet. With a 12.3-inch display the Z Canvas is powered by an i7 processor with a 256GB SSD onboard. Users can opt for up to 16GB of RAM; no wonder VAIO is calling it a “monster tablet.”

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Where VAIO is all set for taking pre-orders for the VAIO Z ultrabook starting today in Japan for $1,600, the Z Canvas will be due somewhere in May this year.

It’s interesting to see that VAIO has made a dramatic return with its two new laptops / tablets, but the thing that would interesting to see is if users will pick one up knowing that it doesn’t carry that oh-so-famous ‘Sony’ brand mark on it.

Would you?

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