Sony Vaio Red Edition Duo 13 slider and Pro ultrabook unveiled

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Sony has revealed a pair of “extremely limited” red editions of the Vaio Duo 13 slider and Vaio Pro ultrabook that were announced last week.

As the name suggests, they machines are finished in a ruby red, with Sony telling Tech Digest that they had to explore a wide range of pigment combinations and combinations to get the result they wanted on the carbon fibre of aluminium surfaces being painted.

In a process that sounds more like painting a car, Sony says that multiple layers had to be applied and hand polished to get the depth to the colour that they wanted.

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The Sony Vaio Duo 13 is a hybrid notebook, offering a sliding display so you can use it as a 13-inch Windows 8 tablet, along with a digital pen, or as a conventional notebook with a full keyboard.

The Sony Vaio Pro is a slim and lightweight powerhouse that really seems to pull together the best of Vaio notebooks. It’s wonderfully designed and the option of an external battery means it will give you day-long performance too.

Set to pack in the top specs available to each system (expect Core i7 Haswell, 12GB memory and 512GB SSD) the Red Edition Sony Vaio models will be available from sony.co.uk and Sony Centres from June 2013.

No precise pricing details available yet, but expect to pay a bit more than the standard editions.

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