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
  • Webcam
  • Vista Home Premium
  • 4 hour battery (8 hour optional)


  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • 3G
  • GPS
  • Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) for CD-quality streaming to Bluetooth speakers or headphones
  • Memory Stick Duo and SD card reader

Form Factor

  • 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.