Wednesday, May 17, 2006

New Sony Vaio...full-size power in less than a pound

Sony released details of their new Vaio UX computer today.  While it won’t be released until July, it appears you get a lot of functionality in a package that’s less than a pound. On the other hand, it’s not a UMPC/Origami device.  You do get:

  • Core Solo processor, 1.2 ghz ultra low voltage
  • Slide out qwerty keyboard
  • 512mb ram ( not upgradeable )
  • 4.5” SVGA (800 X 600) xbrite screen
  • equipped with stylus for touch
  • biometric sensor
  • 30 GB Hard drive
  • two built-in cameras
    • one on front for video
    • one on back for taking pictures (1.3 MP)
  • WWAN (Edge), wi-fi, and bluetooth
  • Battery life: 3 hours
  • Docking station support
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs
  • Windows XP Pro

With no Windows XP Tablet Edition it  won’t work as a tablet.  I think this is a mistake.  Sony had a lot of experience building the U-70, which also had a passive digitizer. How did they miss the boat on this one? 

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