Earlier this year, Sony announced that they would be selling off their VAIO PC business. It was sad to see the end of an era, although some interesting tidbits did surface, such as how the VAIO lineup almost ran Apple’s OS X platform. That being said, it seems that the VAIO’s new owners didn’t waste anytime launching new products as they have recently announced the VAIO Pro and the VAIO Fit.
If you’re wondering why these names sound familiar, it is because these are pretty much the same computers that Sony themselves launched last year, except that in this case, the computers do not have Sony’s branding and will only sport the VAIO branding in its place. We’re not sure why they didn’t bother with an upgrade, but we guess those who are fans of the VAIO design and hardware will probably gravitate towards these computers.
The VAIO website has also been updated in Japanese. According to the message, it basically states how the new company will be a much smaller affair than its predecessor. It is expected to be run with no more than 240 employees in tow, but other than that the new owners expect that they will be able to maintain the VAIO’s DNA. Unfortunately for now the new VAIO computers will not be sold outside of Japan, although ironically enough they will be available for purchase via Sony Japan’s website.