Sony has just announced that they are taking pre-orders for their new second generation Vaio P Netbook. Some of the the netbook’s notable characteristics include its low weight (weighing a measly 1.3 ponds), its high price ($899), and of course its unique design consisting of rounded corners and bright color cases. The Vaio P comes in Icy White, Neon Green, Classic Black, Hot Pink, and Electric Orange.
Unfortunately for Sony, there is nothing all that notable about its specs: 1.60GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, 2GB of RAM, and choice of 64GB or 129GB of storage. It also comes with WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1,and Windows 7 operating system.
With plans to launch with the Windows 7, Sony gives us a look at the newcomers to its Vaio line: the Vaio CW and Vaio X, both preinstalled with the upcoming Microsoft OS.
Of the two, the CW is more affordable, giving you a 14 inch 16×9 screen with a starting price of $780. I’ll admit that this alone may sound good, but wait until you get a look at the goodies that can go on this machine: Blu-ray drives, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 320 GB hard drive, and an Nvidia GeForce G210M GPU. You can wipe the drool off your chin now, but those specs are almost certainly not going to be on the one that costs $780.
Then we come to the X.
The Vaio X is a sleek, beautiful machine that would not look out of place in an art gallery or a cosmopolitian high-rise penthouse. At half an inch thick, with a 11.1 inch 16×9 scratch resistant screen and made with carbon-fiber, this little beauty weighs in at a mere 1.6 pounds. Some notable features of the X are: 64 GB of solid-state drive, multi-touch trackpad, and standard and long-life battery packaged in the box (which Sony claims will provide up to 17 hours of battery life). Unfortunately, the only thing known about the processor is that it’s an “Intel processor, 2.0 GHz”. The starting price for all this? $1300. Doesn’t it just burn a hole in your wallet?
Sony executive Mike Abary has recently confirmed that the company will be releasing a touchscreen Vaio netbook in the future that takes advantage of the Windows 7 operating system. In his interview with Laptop Magazine (click here for the link), Abary said:
There are certain things that will be native on Windows 7 that we are certainly going to take advantage of. Without giving too much away, we think touch on Windows 7 is something we find compelling and we will certainly introduce touch into some of our products at the launch of Win 7. You will see touch capabilities introduced on VAIO products that take advantage of Windows 7.
It is currently uncertain what type of Sony Vaio the upcoming touchscreen netbook will be like, but it one fact is certain – the market for touchscreen netbooks will be sure to have more competition after the release of Windows 7 in the Fall of 2009.
Touchscreen netbooks may become a popular trend in the future, and a couple manufacturers are getting ready to come out with touchscreen versions of netbooks. Apple for one, is rumored to be releasing their MacBook Touch in the upcoming October.
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