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Looking for a virtual hands-on 360-degree tour of the new Sony VAIO UX-series? I did some digging on Sony’s Japanese UX pages and found quite a dandy here. The video is interactive and allows you manipulate the device via moving the hand with the stylus. Some […]

Sony_virtual_1 Looking for a virtual hands-on 360-degree tour of the new Sony VAIO UX-series? I did some digging on Sony’s Japanese UX pages and found quite a dandy here.

The video is interactive and allows you manipulate the device via moving the hand with the stylus. Some of the takeaways I got from playing with the video demo:

  • The device supports screen rotation, which will make it great for reading digital eBook and magazine content.
  • The device does NOT have any HDMI ports as some folks are claiming. There’s no mention of HDMI in the official specs from Sony and why would you want HDMI anyway? You won’t be pumping any 1080p video or 7.1 digital audio out of this.
  • There is a single USB port as well as a CF slot. These appear for non-U.S. models; the Sony specs indicate 3 USB ports and do not mention a CF slot. – Thanks Jeff!
  • It appears that this device is well vented; there are grille slots on the top, bottom, back and one side.
  • Some stylus or pen-gestures are included: swiping the pen from right to left activates a "back" command in the browser; likewise, a right to left swipe is a "forward". Up and down swipes control the device volume.
  • Sony_gps The Sony UX works with an optional GPS receiver (shown); in the video demo, you can see a web browser open to a map that is tracking the device in what looks to be real time.
  • The camera on the back of the device will capture full motion video. (You have to see this in the demo as a person in a bear costume walks behind the camera and waves. Quite funny!)

You probably won’t make out most of the text in the video, (unless your Japanese reading skills are up to par), however, the interactive video is intuitive enough to easily navigate around.

- kct

  1. Any idea on the dimensions? How does it compare in size to the current U series and to the OQO?

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  2. Dang, I was kinda hoping it would really have that 1024×600 screen, that would have been sweet. If you can’t read it, that’s your problem. :) Vista would have fixed this with scalable fonts anyway.

    But it still looks like a very good follow-up to the U750P. It’s nice to see Sony still releases a good project once in a while.

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  3. Doh, you beat me Kevin! I also wrote about the virtual tour in my blog post about the formal UX announcement. You’re right, that camera demo was pretty amusing. :) I’m sooooo tempted to get one, even though it isn’t running XP tablet, because it’s Vista-ready. Then I’d have a mini-tablet similar to what James is running with his U70. :)

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  4. The CF slot may be for non US models only. It’s not listed in the specs on the US SonyStyle site. Additionally, if you look closely at the pics on the US SonyStyle site and the Japanese site, there’s a bulge on the lower left side the seems to occupy part of the space where the CF slot is. My guess is that the used the CF slot space for the EDGE hardware instead on the US model.

    Dimensions and weight are:

    Sony UX180P (US Model ONLY):
    Dimensions: 5.9″ x 3.7″ x 1.5″
    Weight: 19.4oz – 1.21lb – .550kg

    OQO 01/01+:
    Dimensions: 4.9 x 3.4 x 0.9
    Weight: 14oz – .875lb – .397kg

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  5. Jeff, good catch that raises a great point. Clearly there is a different model for the non-U.S. market. Aside from the CF slot that you point out, the Sony specs for the U.S. model include 3 USB ports, while the video of the Japanese version shows a single USB. I’ll update the post to reflect the new info. Thanks!

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  6. Thanks Kevin. I noticed a couple of other tidbits as well. The small, folding, removable stand looks to be a Japanese build to order included accessory only. It’s not listed on the SonyStyle US site and the Japanese site says specifically that it’s only included in the build to order models and can’t be purchased separately. This is a nice little touch that doesn’t force you to take the dock along just to use as a stand. Hopefully, it will be included in the US model as the attachment points for the stand appear on the back pic of the US model as well. Heck, I’d hope it’s at least offered as an accessory in the US.

    Secondly, the features page on the Japanese site shows the screen having 265 DPI! That should make it very clear. My Nokia 770 has 225 DPI and that makes a lot of difference on such a small screen size.

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