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Sony Releases Superlative Vaio P Netbook

Sony has updated its Vaio P series and made it even more lovable than ever before with a combination of incredible technology and some questionable features.

The device (opens in new tab) still have a 8-inch LED backlit LCD screen which has an headache inducing resolution of 1600x768 pixels, an Intel Atom "Pineview" processor running at 1.6GHz, 2GB RAM and up to 64GB solid state drive (or 128GB depending on which part of Sony's site you're on).

Available in five colours, it even comes with GPS functionality, built-in accelerometer, an integrated 3G modem and an ambient light sensor.

The battery life is only 3.5 hours but you will make the most of the Wireless N, Bluetooth, Webcam, SD card reader and MS Duo Slots that come with it.

The netbook runs Windows 7, has Sony's own Xross Media bar, a pointing stick, an 82-key keyboard and an optical touchpad.

The Vaio P - which weighs only 650g - will be launched in the US in June 2010 but there are no release dates for the UK for now. The Vaio P will carry a SRP of $799 in the US with the 1.6GHz Z530.

We're not sure that it will be able to take a Z560 processor as some news websites have put forward; the latter is a 2.17GHz part and may have a much higher thermal dissipation figure.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.