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Sony refreshes VAIO line, adding 11-inch Flip model and faster Wi-Fi

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Sony VAIO Fit 11A (embargoed)
Sony VAIO Fit 11A (embargoed)

Sony's starting off 2014 by adding a new, smaller notebook to its Vaio line, while updating and adding to the software that comes out of the box on many of its other machines. New to the lineup is the 11-inch Vaio Fit 11A, a 2.82-pound Intel quad-core notebook with a hinge that can convert into a tablet, or be stood up for viewing videos. On the lid are two cameras, one in front, and an 8-megapixel camera in the back that can take a picture of what's in front of your device. There's also a backlit keyboard, a solid state drive, a touchpad that works with Sony's Vaio gesture control software, and a bundled Vaio Active Pen accessory.

Faster Wi-Fi and Windows 8.1 rolling out to other Vaios

Joining that parade of tech specs are 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Windows 8.1, both of which Sony says it's rolling out to updated models of the Vaio Pro 11 and 13; Vaio Tap 11; and Vaio Tap 21 in the spring. The 11A, along with these other machines, will also come preloaded with Adobe's Photoshop Elements 12, which Sony's pushing as something for buyers to use with its Vaio Active Pen.

The machines make their debut at CES this week, with the new 14- and 15-inch E models starting at $579 later this month. That's followed in February by the 11- and 13-inch models of the Flip, which run at $799 and $1129 respectively. We'll have a better look at the machine when the show kicks off this week.