Sony could be looking to launch a notebook that is powered by Google's Chrome OS, one which will use Google's own CR48 reference design as the blueprint complete with some VAIO software.
Sony Insider says that the computer will come with a 11.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels, an Nvidia Tegra 2 system on chip clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, embedded 3G, less than 20mm thick, eight hours battery life, Bluetooth, GPS, 16GB onboard storage and a launch date scheduled for summer 2011.
The website claims that the laptop will have eight hours battery life and weigh only 2.2 pounds, just over 1Kg, the same as the convertible Dell Inspiron Duo or the Samsung TX100 slider notebooks.
Sony has already produced a number of ultra slim Vaio laptops like the Vaio X series but it would be the first time that the company would venture into non-x86 territories so far.
It is not the first time that a mainstream Japanese company announced such as notebook. Toshiba launched the AC100 nearly nine months ago.
Like the rumoured Sony laptop, it came with an Nvidia Tegra SoC, but had 512MB RAM, a 10.1-inch WSVGA display, Wi-Fi, a 8GB Flash storage, optional embedded 3G, up to 10 hours life, 1080p video, Android 2.1, Bluetooth, a webcam but was ultimately let down by a poor user interface. You can still pick it up from Amazon for a modest £220.