18.4-inch Sony VAIO AW series uses BRAVIA tech


This, my friends, is a gargantuan laptop. The VAIO AW series features a massive 18.4-inch screen with 3LED backlighting, which “is a technical breakthrough found on high-end BRAVIA LCD TVs,” according to Sony. The 3LED technology uses three separate LEDs – red, green, and blue – for pure color reproduction, similar to how three-chip video cameras work. The screen itself is capable of displaying true 1920×1080 HD.

Other specs include an Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 processor, 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics chipset, and two hard drives; a 128GB SSD set up in a RAID array with a 500GB SATA hard drive. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Elements are preloaded as well.

The AW series is set to launch in Japan in the next couple weeks and it’s thought that there will be a US release as well, but a solid timeframe and pricing for a stateside release haven’t been discussed. I’m guessing it’ll be expensive, though. Electronista thinks it’ll be priced close to $3,000 in Japan for the LED-backlit version.