Sony Launches $2,500 VAIO UMPC
November 5, 2007 9:44 AM
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ASUS goes for the low-end, Sony blankets the high-end
ASUS's Eee PC has been grabbing headlines
for its relatively low price for an Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) and its
relatively brisk performance
in Xandros Linux and Windows XP. The $399 price point -- $200 above the initial $199 quote -- is still quite palatable given the
$999 Fujitsu LifeBook U810
$1,500 HTC Shift
Sony is no stranger to top-dollar hardware, so the price tag of the company's latest iteration of the VAIO UX should come as no surprise. The new VAIO UX VGN-UX490N/C occupies a price point which is at the polar opposite of the Eee PC: $2,499.
$2,499 will get you a device that hasn't changed much physically since the
VAIO UX series was first introduced in May 2006
. Sony has, however, tinkered with the internal components over the past year and this latest edition is no exception.
Under the hood lies an Intel Core Solo U2200 processor (1.2GHz), Intel's 945GMS Express Chipset and 1GB of DDR2 PC2-3200 memory. Primary duties are handled by a 48GB solid-state disk (SSD), while a MemoryStick slot can accommodate additional storage needs.
Wireless communication is handled via Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, an Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection and WWAN (via AT&T EDGE).
The display is still a 4.5" unit with a 1024x600 resolution. The resolution is actually quite impressive for a UMPC device, but the small 4.5" screen is sure to induce eye strain on many users.
Likewise, the tiny keyboard offers little in the way of feedback, yet it is backlit for those that need to do some late-night typing.
Sony's 1.2-pound VGN-UX490N/C has an estimated battery life of 1.5 to 3.5 hours and runs Windows Vista Business.
The device is available for purchase now from Sony's
SonyStyle retail site
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11/5/2007 12:03:25 PM
I love how DT readers vote you to zero simply becuase they may disagree with your opinion....
Has anyone actually ever seen one of these used in the real world? I've seen it once, at a Starbucks, and the guy was hunched over it clacking away with his thumbs. What purpose would this thing serve?
11/5/2007 12:24:13 PM
"I love how DT readers vote you to zero simply becuase they may disagree with your opinion...."
I don't think its your opinion that got voted down... You seem to have placed your opinion of UMPC's onto everyone else.
"I wish companies would divert their resouces to something much more useful to the consumer, such as ultrathin tablets with touchscreens."
BTW, tablets are the ones that most major laptop manufacturers HAVE made and are not selling very well. UMPC's are becoming quite popular. Also noteworthy, you may not see as many because you don't notice them because they are not in a giant tote, they are in pockets and purses.
"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer
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