Sony unveils netbook-sized Vaio P notebook

Sony Vaio P

Sony is getting into the netbook game without really getting into it. The Sony Vaio P may be the size of most netbooks but it comes with a number of extra features (and price) normally not found in this class of products.

The Vaio P notebook is powered by a 1.33GHz Intel Z530 Atom processor and Windows Vista. It comes with 2GB RAM, an 8-inch display (running at 1600 by 768 pixel resolution), a 60GB hard drive (with 64GB and 128GB SSD options), MemoryStick and SD card slots, a GPS option, another for Verizon’s EV-DO network, a webcam, 2 USB ports and an extra dongle that provides VGA, Ethernet and an additional USB port. It will also feature an instant-on feature using the Xross Media Bar interface, allowing users to bypass Vista for quick access to media and Internet access.

Unlike most netbooks, Sony has done away with the trackpad, replacing it with a pointer nub in the middle of the keyboard. It measures 24.4 by 11.9 by 2 centimeters (9.6 by 4.7 by 0.78 inches) and weighs about 0.64 kilograms (1.4 pounds).

Pricing will start at USD$899 when it is released. With options, prices can reach USD$1,499.

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