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Sony Vaio TZ series shipping in Japan

The Vaio TZ90 laptop is available through

The rumored Vaio TZ that we previously reported on has arrived! Importer has begun selling the Sony Vaio TZ90, the latest T series laptop currently shipping in Japan.

The TZ90 commemorates the launch of Sony's first ultraslim notebook, the Vaio 505, almost 10 years ago. That laptop sired a long line of tiny ultraportables, including the X505, T series, and TX series.

Back in the day, $2,000 would get you a 200MHz Pentium processor, 32MB of RAM, a 2.1GB hard drive, integrated modem, and external floppy. With the Vaio TZ90, you get considerably more, though the starting price has increased to $2,299: a 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 ultralow voltage processor (which means the TZ90 is not yet a Santa Rosa system), an integrated DVD burner, and your choice of a 160GB hard drive or a 32GB solid-state drive--or both, if you're willing to sacrifice the optical drive. The Vaio TZ90's 11.1-inch display incorporates LED backlights, which have helped extend battery life on previous Vaio models. The backlights also allow for thinner screens, which contribute to the TZ90's scant 2.3-pound weight.

As mentioned earlier, the TZ90 is available only in Japan and through Dynamism for the time being; we can't wait to see it on our shores.