The 8" VAIO P Series weighs just 1.4 pounds

Sony is redefining "small" with the latest edition to its VAIO series of notebooks. Although pictures of the device have been leaked by the FCC, the VAIO P Series Lifestyle PC was officially unveiled today at CES.

The VAIO P Series weighs in at an astonishing 1.4 pounds and makes use of an LED-backlit 8" display (1600x768). While the resolution is sure to raise more than a few eyebrows, you may actually end up squinting to read text on the tiny device.

The tiny notebook comes standard with a 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor. This is likely to make the "adequate" performance of today's netbooks "barely acceptable" for Sony's new VAIO P Series – especially considering that the device comes preloaded with Windows Vista. A 1.6GHz Atom will be available as an option. That being said, Sony aims to impress with built-in 3G networking, 802.11n wireless, and Bluetooth. The standard hard drive is a 60GB unit and a 128GB SSD is available as an option.

The VAIO P Series is also available to match your own personal style with such colors as garnet red, emerald green, onyx black, crystal white and classic black.

"The VAIO P Series Lifestyle PC is your portal to the world, delivering entertainment and computing in a head-turning device that's small enough to put in your pocket," said Mike Abary of Sony's VAIO division. "Designed for the fashionista in all of us, it's the ideal companion."

The VAIO P Series will come equipped with Windows Vista and can operate up to 4 hours with its standard battery. Springing for the extended battery will boost the run time to 8 hours.

The VAIO P Series will retail for around $900 when it launches later this month.

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