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Sony VAIO P tackles netbooks, iPhone at once

updated 07:45 pm EST, Wed January 7, 2009


Sony tonight at its CES pre-show conference unveiled its long-expected VAIO P. The frequently leaked device is Sony's approach to netbooks but also explicitly takes on tablets and smartphones through a unique, extra-long design with an 8-inch 1600x768 screen and pointer-only mouse control: the system is small enough to fit in many pockets, Sony claims. The wide design has the side benefit of giving the mini PC a much larger keyboard than most systems its size.

The system is envisioned partly as a media player and has an instant-on mode with Sony's PlayStation-derived XMB interface providing quick access to certain types of content without booting into the system's normal Windows Vista environment.

Sony also makes it a point to equip the VAIO P with more advanced hardware than most netbooks. Although running a 1.33GHz Intel Atom chip, the portable also comes with 2GB of memory, a webcam and a 128GB solid-state drive. Wireless is also stronger than on most netbooks and includes 802.11n Wi-Fi along with built-in Bluetooth and CDMA-based 3G; in the US, the new VAIO is ready to use for Verizon. Integrated GPS not only supplies positioning but doesn't require an active Internet connection to provide driving directions as with most cellphone-based mapping.

Despite reports of multiple configurations, Sony is currently listing just one trim level and plans to sell the VAIO P for $900 through its own stores in late January and elsewhere by February.

by MacNN Staff



  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    so apple...

    think you can make me one of these? I'll take it with non-removable battery to fill up the space and 128gb ssd and tethered iphone for connectivity anywhere.

    then you can work your display magic and put that 1600x768 res to work as a high DPI screen that's still readable instead of 2mm tall icons like vista will do.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Nice piece of kit. Sorry to hear about the default OS... it'll be a pretty nice little Ubuntu netbook though, once you wipe it. At $900, it'll be a toy for rich people, as everyone else will get a full size laptop for that price, but it's an appealing design and set of specs.

  1. mjtomlin

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The product page is a little weird. On the photo it shows 9.6"x4.7", but under the Weights & Measurements section it says 10.99"x7.87". Is that the size of the box?

    Secondly, who's pocket does this thing actually fit into? 9.6" long and almost 5" wide? Maybe a jacket's inside breast pocket.

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