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Sony adds Flash-SSD and digital mobile television to its tiny handheld

If you thought that Sony's VAIO UX50 was impressive, then the new VAIO UX90 is sure to up your pulse rate. The VAIO UX90 builds on the formula of its predecessor and adds such features a solid-state hard drive and mobile digital television.

The VAIO UX90 brings a 16GB flash-solid state disk (Flash-SSD) to the table instead of the traditional mobile 30GB hard drive used in the VAIO UX50. The Flash-SSD allows the system to respond 3 to 6 times faster than the VAIO UX50 (Outlook application load times drop from 9 seconds to 1.5 seconds) while also improving battery life by as much as 13%. Weight has also dropped from 1.15 pounds to 1.08 pounds thanks to the Flash-SSD.

Another new addition to the UX90 is OneSeg digital television support which we also saw in the recently introduced VAIO TX3 Series. Many of the features that we saw in the VAIO UX50 carry over to the VAIO UX90 including the 1024x600 screen with XBRITE technology, sliding keyboard, three USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth, Firewire, built-in webcam and fingerprint scanner. Users have a choice of Core Solo U1300/U1400 and Celeron M 423 processors while 512MB of memory is standard fare. Users also have a choice of either Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional.

Sony has set a 209,800 yen price tag ($1,800 USD) and July 3 launch date for the new VAIO UX90 in Japan -- no word yet on US pricing or availability.

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