Sony confirms its pocket-sized VAIO P Series notebook

By on January 8, 2009 at 11:32 AM.

Sony confirms its pocket-sized VAIO P Series notebook

Sony P series notebook

All the rumors about Sony’s supposed pocketable notebook were spot on. The only surprise Sony had in store for us was an unusual case design that completely removes the trackpad in favor of a pointing stick and includes a 6-row 82 key QWERTY keyboard instead of the smaller 5-row keyboard found on most 8.9″ netbooks. Well, that and the notebook label as opposed to netbook. Here is a detailed rundown of the specs for Sony’s latest notebook offering :

  • Intel (presumably Atom?) processor 1.33GHz  with 512kb  L2 cache and 533MHz FSB
  • 8.0″ XBRITE-ECO, LED Back Light LCD with 1600 x 768 resolution
  • 2GB (2GBx1) 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (max)
  • Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 500. Total Available Graphics Memory of 760MB. Max. External Resolution via VGA of 1600×1200
  • Intel High Definition Audio
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP
  • Atheros 802.11 b/g/n Wireless LAN
  • Integrated 3G Mobile Broadband
  • up to 60GB HDD or 128GB SSD
  • QWERTY keyboard, 82 keys with 1.2mm stroke and 16.5mm pitch and a pointing stick
  • WLAN & Bluetooth on/off, Instant On, and Xross Media Bar action buttons
  • Built-in MOTION EYE camera and microphone
  • Memory Stick Duo media slot with MagicGate functionality (1), SD slot (1)
  • Headphone Jack (1) and USB 2.0 Ports (2)
  • Standard Capacity Lithium-ion Battery
  • 9.65″(W) x 0.78″(H) x 4.72″(D) and approximately 1.4lbs
  • Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
  • Available in Onyx Black, Garnet Red, Emerald Green, and Crystal White

The VAIO P Series is available for pre-order starting today and will make its debut in Sony Style stores later this month. Major retailers will have to wait until the beginning in February for their inventory to arrive. If you can’t wait to get your hands on it and want to see it now, the Sony Style stores in Las Vegas and New York City will have live display units. Start saving your pennies as the P-Series notebooks start at $899 and climb up to $1499 for the premium 128GB SSD equipped model.

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Sony leaks information about its P-series VAIO

By on December 26, 2008 at 9:54 AM.

Sony leaks information about its P-series VAIO

SOny Vaio P Series Netbook

That mysterious Sony VAIO netbook that was rumored to be the subject of multiple teasers ads on various Sony websites was partially revealed on SonyStyle website for a short time on Thursday. Claiming that “It fits in a Pocket,” a new P-Series VAIO was introduced on Sony’s website and then removed almost as quickly as it came. The product page for the presumed netbook styled VAIO included a placeholder picture of the current TT series notebook and a short list of specs that raise some eyebrows. The specs include:

  • Intel 1.33GHz Processor
  • Windows Vista Home Premium or Home basic
  • 8″, 1600×768 display
  • Up to 60GB hard drive or 128GB SSD

The processor is presumed to be the 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z520 processor seen in other netbooks. Similar to the Dell Inspiron Mini 12, it will ship with Windows Vista installed. An interesting choice as the Inspiron Mini 12 has been criticized for being sluggish because, in several reviewers’ opinions, Vista requires more than the Atom processor is able to deliver. The new Pocket VAIO also has a smaller 8″ screen with an exceptionally high resolution of 1600×768 pixels. Most netbooks ship with an 8.9″ screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution and widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio making this a bit of an odd duck. The high resolution screen of the Pocket VAIO is reminiscent of the Fujitsu U820, which packs a 1280 x 800 resolution into a 5.6″ screen. Such a high resolution screen may make it difficult to use, especially within Windows menus, without a fair amount of squinting. Anyone who has used the Fujistu U820 knows what we are talking about. The high resolution is not all bad as it does offer its advantages in web browsing, image viewing, etc. Though unusual, these specs do fit well with the possible clam shell shaped design of the VAIO that was leaked by the FCC and also hinted at in the Sony teaser ads. An unusual-sized device, unusual for the typical recent netbook, would require an unusual display. Whether these specs are for real or just entered for amusement by Sony remains to be seen. We will have to wait until January to get the real deal on this new netbook offering from Sony.

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