The VAIO P: Sony's answer to the netbook
By Tim Hanlon
January 15, 2009
January 15, 2009 Sony has set out to prove that form and function aren't mutually exclusive with their answer to the netbook, the VAIO P series. Starting with a tiny form factor and a 1.33GHz Intel Atom CPU, and adding a 128GB SSD, built-in 3G connectivity, 802.11n wireless, and a GPS that doesn't require an active Internet connection (among other things) this is one seriously portable, connected device. Just don't expect an Eee PC price point...
- 8" LED-backlit display (1600x768)
- 1.33GHz Intel Atom CPU
- 2GB RAM (maximum 2GB)
- 2x USB 2.0 ports
- 128GB SSD
- Vista Home Premium
- 4 hour battery (8 hour optional)
- 802.11b/g/n WiFi
- Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) for CD-quality streaming to Bluetooth speakers or headphones
- Memory Stick Duo and SD card reader
- 1.4 pounds
- 245 x 19.8 x 120 mm
Other cool features include instant-on technology, which boots into Sony's Xross Media Bar (familiar to PS3, PSP and recent Bravia owners) to access your media library and the Internet without a full boot of Vista, and the ability to drive an external display at 1600x1200 resolution.
The VAIO P will ship in February for under $900, and will be available in garnet red, emerald green, onyx black, crystal white and classic black - with optional Bluetooth mice and carry cases to match.
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