Man, just when we thought everyone who would announce a Core 2 Duo upgrade had announced -- well, almost everyone -- Sony comes along with a bump to their Sony VAIO AR and VAIO F TV. The AR (pictured on the right), you'll likely recall, is their 17-inch, Blu-ray totin' powerhouse with a burly 2GHz Core 2 Duo T7200 at the heart and terrestrial digital TV tuner now included standard. The F TV, then, is the 15.4-incher with variety of tuner options for terrestrial digital or analog broadcasts and comes maxed-out with a 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo T5500, 2GB memory, 160GB disk, dual-layer DVD burner, 802.11a/b/g WiFi, and of course the ability to record TV. A well spec'd AR will cost ya ¥400,000 or about $3,436 while the top-end F TV will demand ¥250,000 or about $2,147. On sale in Japan starting October 7th.

[Via impress]

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