It looks like Sony's well-known Vaio series of mobile personal computers has gained a new member, one with an ultrathin form factor and set to start shipping in Europe soon. Sony has been making a large variety of IT products over the years, mobile personal computers being just one of its business branches. Turns out that this is exactly the sort of device that the company has just announced in its press release, one that belongs to the Vaio line. Dubbed Vaio Z, it is an ultrathin PC, one whose thickness is of 16.65mm, a sharp contrast with almost everything else out there. The central processing unit is an Intel Core i7-2620M, with a base clock speed of 2.7 GHz and the Intel HD 3000 graphics, while 8 GB of DDR3 RAM back it up. Additionally, a solid state drive provides 256 GB of storage space. The above, along with the full list of connectivity and I/O elements, are packed inside a 13.1-inch carbon fiber body, the display being either a Full HD-ready panel (resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels) or one of 1,600 x 900 pixels. Speaking of connectivity and I/O, Sony implemented an HDMI port, for media streaming, as well as Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, 3G, a fingerprint reader, USB 3.0 and a 1.3 megapixel webcam. All the hardware is kept operational by either a regular battery that can last for up to 7 hour, or a sheet battery that extends the lifespan to 14 hours. Other features include the Quick Boot function (which reduces startup times by up to half), a weight of 1.18 kilograms and the Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1 operating system. The price of the laptop was not disclosed, so prospective buyers will have to wait until next month (July, 2011) to find it out. Until then, they can decide whether or not they also want the PowerMedia Dock, which has a DVD or Blu-ray drive, Gigabit Ethernet, D-Sub, HDMI, USB ports (2.0 and 3.0) and the Radeon HD 6650M 1GB video board.