in January, Sony unveiled the Sony VAIO P-Series, a Netbook-spec'd kind of ultra
portable PC which carries a new form factor anyway. With a very unique
dimension, slightly larger than an office letter envelope, the VAIO P-Series is
powered by Intel's Atom platform, features 2 GB RAM, either comes with a 60 GB
HDD or 128 GB SSD and also includes - the for me so important - WWAN
connectivity by featuring Option's quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA
and GPS-enabled platform. The VAIO P weighs less than 618 - 640 g and the 8"
screen, with a power efficient LED backlight, sports a quite uncommon resolution
of 1600x768 pixel!
Unlike other Netbooks, and because Sony doesn't count the Vaio P as a Netbook
at all, this ultra portable PC comes with Microsoft Windows Vista and features a
Linux-based quick-start OS called XMB (XrossMediaBar) at the touch of a button.
The XMB user interface is perfect for a quick browse on the web, instant
messaging, music playback, etc.
The Vaio P above is an exclusive model (called VGN-P19VN/Q) which is
currently available in Europe for pre-order from the Sony Style Store. Unlike
the HDD versions, it's available in black only but features beside the SSD also
an 1.6 GHz CPU instead of the 1.33 GHz Intel Atom CPU.
Cheers ~ Arne