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Sony VAIO Y, first AMD Fusion laptop to land in the Philippines

Just saw what must have been the first laptop sporting AMD’s Fusion APU chip, Sony’s VAIO Y. The AMD Fusion APU has the GPU on the same die similar to the current Intel chips we have today. However, because of ATI technology (AMD Radeon now) which is used for their GPU, it has a big advantage over Intel’s integrated graphics.

We wrote a simple primer about AMD Fusion here so check that out if you want to learn more.


The Sony VAIO Y is an 11-inch netbook that will replace their 10-inch VAIO M and VAIO W. They told me that there are no plans yet to update their 10-inch line. Right now, the VAIO Y is their latest, most portable laptop.


I’m excited about this notebook simply because of their choice to go with a dual-core E-350 (1.6GHz) AMD Fusion on a 11.6-inch display. Nothing against netbooks really, but a 10-inch display can really be frustrating if you’re a heavy internet user. The 11.6-inch is a nice balance between casual usability and portability in my opinion. The integrated graphics on the E-350 is an AMD Radeon HD6310 which can play 1080p videos and your basic 3D games without stuttering. Easy to bring with you and connect to an HD TV.

It has the same mark and excellent craftsmanship of a VAIO device including the green power button on the right side of its hinge, nicely spaced island keyboard and adequately-sized touchpad. It also comes in three funky colors (apple green, red, silver) on a matte finish.


The only drawback I saw here was the 4-hour battery life. I checked the battery and it’s rating was a measly 3500 mAh. If I’m going to buy one of these, I’d make sure to upgrade the battery (maybe 5600 mAh at least) to get around 7 hours from it on a single charge.

For the price of Php29,999, it’s the same as when the 10-inch VAIO netbooks first showed up. Better take into consideration the additional cost when you wish to upgrade the battery. For me, this one’s a keeper.

Sony VAIO Y Specs:

  • AMD Dual-Core E-350 processor (1.6GHz)
  • 11.6-inch WXGA (1366 x 768)
  • Genuine Windows 7 Starter 32-bit
  • 2GB RAM
  • AMD Radeon HD 6310 integrated graphics
  • 320GB HDD
  • Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
  • 6-cell 3500mAh Li-Ion battery (4 hours)
  • 1.46 kg
  • SRP: Php29,999
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  • I’m a big fan of Sony VAIO computers but I haven’t purchased any Sony VAIO yet. This one is almost within reach 🙂

  • What’s the Intel counterpart for AMD Dual-Core E-350 processor (1.6GHz)?

    Will it work with 64-bit programs like Adobe photoshop and illustrator CS5?

    • slightly below the higher-end Intel Core i3 ULVs but significantly above the Dual-core Atoms. It would run 64-bit programs but the included Windows is only 32-bit so get a Windows 64-bit into it first.

  • just_asking

    W/c is better for gaming among this 3?
    Sony VAIO Y
    Acer Aspire Timeline X 1830T
    Asus Eee PC 1215N

    • based on 3Dmark06 results,

      1215N -> VAIO Y -> Acer 1830T

      NVIDIA Ion trumps integrated graphics

  • just_asking

    Sir Calvin..advise naman..anu po best 14inch laptop in 30k range..ung bago lang po sana labas..for gaming..dami ko kasi nakikita sa net na bago..alin po kaya dun best?

    • well if you’re looking for gaming dapat may discrete graphics. hindi yung intel GMA HD lang. let me know kung ano yung mga choices mo na 14k na may discrete graphics na around 30k and i can offer you my pick. di ko kasi kabisado mga prices ngayon.

      • just_asking

        i got my new laptop na..i bought an asus k42j series 14in laptop..core i3 + ati hd 6470m

        • congrats man!! mukhang madaming games kang iinstall dyan ah.

    • 9evian6

      ang mahal nito, mas maganda pa HP Pavilion dm1z

      • well mas mura naman talaga HP sa Sony kahit noon pa. =)

  • techy wannabe

    hi calvin, what would you recommend sony y series or toshiba nb520.

    • depends. if the speaker is important to you then go with the nb520. for me display resolution is important because i just can’t stand 1024 x 600 while surfing the net so i’d go with vaio Y.

      • techy wannabe

        how about vaio Y versus hp pavilion dm1?

        • hmmm almost the same weight. same chip. hp has 3G RAM and longer battery life. not to mention it’s cheaper. you would buy the VAIO Y for its design and quality of materials. or if you can’t wait for the dm1z. hehehe.

          • Mark

            what’s the difference between dm1 and dm1z?

          • dm1 is the intel version… dm1z uses AMD Fusion.

  • Jose Ping

    Where can i buy one?

    • sony stores and big pc-chains out there.

  • where i can buy viao y na pinakamura like websites or place?

    • probably in the US and have somebody bring it here.

  • Dominic

    The customer service of Sony Service Center leaves much to be desired. I had a personal HP laptop before which I bought from a friend in the US. I didn’t have the receipt nor the warranty card when i brought it to HP Service Center here in Cebu for repair. Unlike with Sony, all the HP staff had to do was check the serial # in their system to verify if the unit was still under warranty. This only took them a few minutes. Since their system indicated that it was still covered by warranty, they repaired it without any delay.

  • Kenneth

    Mga sir pwede po kaya mag install po ng Adobe Photoshop CS5 sa Vaio na ito?

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