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Actually, Sony has this “P-series” VAIO on their notebook section in the SonyStyle store, so maybe netbook isn’t the right term. Just ask Psion, if you don’t believe me. Eagle-eye reader Jose was browsing Sony’s online storefront and caught the new P hiding unsuccessfully at the […]

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Actually, Sony has this “P-series” VAIO on their notebook section in the SonyStyle store, so maybe netbook isn’t the right term. Just ask Psion, if you don’t believe me. Eagle-eye reader Jose was browsing Sony’s online storefront and caught the new P hiding unsuccessfully at the front of the VAIO line. Not much to go on, but more than we had before although the picture is a TT-device placeholder. Looks like a 1.33GHz Intel CPU which could mean an Atom (dual core perhaps?), but might also be a variant of Intel’s Core Solo like the Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium UMPC. She’ll come with Windows Vista Home Premium or Home Basic which is unlike most netbooks out on the market today.

Typical of Sony portable computers, the P will have a high-resolution screen. This one is eight-inches with a whopping 1600×768 res. That means you won’t have nearly as much scrolling as the typical 1024×600 netbook display. Of course, that’s assuming your eyes can handle the strain. I suspect many would-be owners will boosting up the DPI and font sizes. Storage comes in the form of a traditional hard drive up to a measly 60GB but you can opt for a 128GB SSD drive, which will likely bump up pricing a few hundred dollars.

First impressions of the limited specifications tell me that this isn’t a netbook in the traditional, expected sense… if you can call a first year product “traditional”. It doesn’t appear that Sony’s offering will compete on price in the netbook market as I’d expect a base starting price near the top-end of fully loaded netbooks. With options, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this small notebook command over a thousand dollars. That fits in with the “fits in a pocket” claim, because you won’t just need big pockets to afford this “netbook”, you’ll need a deep one to tote that 8-inch screen as well. I’m still convinced the form-factor is akin to a clamshell like the old HP Journada. Thanks Jose!

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  1. Heh heh heh. He said netbook. Heh heh.

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  2. So what’s happened to the U series I wonder?

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  3. LOL
    No surprises here then, Sony make another small notebook. I spoke about this with my favourite vaio collector and he said it looks like a re-release of something they’ve done before but without the violet colour scheme!
    The only number that might make this interesting is battery life – I don’t know why but I have a feeling they might of hit 6hrs real world with this. (Its not worth thinking about price because it will be un-netbook-esque).

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  4. 6 hours of battery life is a possibility but without the specifics of the hardware, it’s difficult to say. My Samsung Q1UP runs a 1.33GHz Core Solo on a 54 Whr battery and five hours is pretty normal run-time.

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  5. Some guy walked into my work the other night with a notebook that looked exactly like this. It was small and netbook size with the silver Vaio and hinges.

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  6. Kevin, as a Q1 owner (and member of the appreciation club) I know that 5hrs is possible – the only thing us Q1 users fail to mention as another hr passes is how much tweaking is done to get it over that line. 6hrs real world (un-tweaked) is the first staging post on to the 8hr working day of avg joe and the mainstream.

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  7. you people do realize the Sony guys are just messing with you right? those are NOT the real specs. i cant believe people could even look at that (especially the resolution) & be duped so easily. the resolution is actually 1280 x 768, 8.9″ screen, Atom CPU (Pou)

    the OS really is Vista though, it was the only way to include a WXGA screen. the good thing is they will be offering XP drivers.

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  8. And why should we believe you and not Sony? :p
    Are you saying they made a mistake or someone hacked the site? Very doubtful. We already know the shape of the device is very long which suggests the screen is wider than WXGA aspect ratio, and the 1600×768 backs up that claim.
    It isn’t the first time that we’ve seen insane resolutions in smaller screens. The Fujitsu U820 has a 1280×800 on a 5″ screen.

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  9. Ugh if this is a silverthorne atom at 1.33ghz with vista… well we will all know how that will turn out (see dell mini 12)

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  10. 1600×768 isn’t a proper aspect ratio that anyone makes. 1600×900 is 16:9, so it might be that and the 768 part is a typo, but in all likelihood, it’s another 1280×768 panel (and probably 8.9″ and not 8″).

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