02/05/2012 17:15 | By Nik Taylor, editor, MSN Tech & Gadgets

Sony announces first Ultrabook: Sony Vaio T13

Sony's first Ultrabook looks set to take on the lower end of the market.

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Sony has announced its first ever Ultrabook, the Sony Vaio T13, which will go on sale in the UK in June,

The thin and light laptop looks set to take on the lower end of the Ultrabook market, with entry-level specs such as an Intel Core i3 processor but a price tag expected to be the right side of £700.

The term Ultrabook is an Intel trademark and so any laptop that uses it must meet Intel's specifications - which include limits on size, weight and minimum battery life.

Sony's Vaio T13 is 17.8mm thick and weighs approximately 1.6kg. Sony claims a battery life of up to nine hours. It is fitted with an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB RAM and a 320GB hard drive. The latter is supported by a 32GB solid-state drive which is not used for file storage but instead improves the performance of the hard drive. It has a 13-inch screen with a 1366x768 resolution.

Sony Vaio T13 (© Sony)

None of those features will trouble high-end Ultrabooks. The Asus Zenbook UX31E, for instance, has a Core i7 processor and weighs just 1.3kg. However, that laptop starts at £999. If the mooted price point of Sony's machine proves correct, this could prove a tempting proposition for anyone looking to pick up an Ultrabook without breaking the bank. Sony is yet to give official confirmation on a price.

Additional features include Rapid Wake + Eco. The laptop can be put to sleep by closing its lid and will save your session without losing power for up to 90 days. It can also be used to charge USB devices, even when switched off.