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.
quote: Better be one huge pocket.
quote: But wouldn't you be better off with a full fledged laptop costing the same 900 bucks and having significantly better features (including larger screen and better keyboard, for starters, and a much better processor) instead of this?
quote: With an aspect ratio like that, forget about watching ANY kind of video there and expect it to look good or fill the screen at the same time...
quote: This is a good laptop, however there are some fundamental flaws that keep it from being great:
quote: Screens this small plus of such high pixel count are hard to read!
quote: One of the reasons I keep ranting about DisplayPort being a waste of time is that it doesn't gain anything significant.
quote: Nobody wants useless plastic bits attached to their laptop.
quote: ...you make actually end up squinting to read text...
quote: why haven't they gone for a 1.6GHz Atom? or a 9400M GPU instead if they're aiming for a higher spec netbook?
quote: The tiny notebook forgoes the 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor used in just about every netbook on the planet and instead uses a 1.33GHz version.