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Sony is showing off some new stuff at the IFA in Berlin, and Engadget has reported the announcement of the thin Sony VAIO X netbook. The VAIO X is only half an inch thick and from the photos looks to be very sexy for a notebook. […]

Sony is showing off some new stuff at the IFA in Berlin, and Engadget has reported the announcement of the thin Sony VAIO X netbook. The VAIO X is only half an inch thick and from the photos looks to be very sexy for a notebook. Not much has been shared about the specs, although when pressed, Sony admitted the prototype has an Intel Atom processor. This would make it a very expensive netbook-class device, but Sony indicated they were not locked down on the Atom processor yet. Let’s hope they throw some CULV love in there to go with the 2 GB of RAM, or something else exciting.  The VAIO X only weighs 1.5 pounds due to the use of carbon fiber in the case.  Sony is also touting all day battery life with the 31Whr power pack that “will set the new standard for stamina.” It looks really nice, but please, Sony, no Atom. Mmmm kay?

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Image courtesy Engadget

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  1. I agree with you about the Atom 110% James.

    This is a gorgeous looking laptop but apart from the outstanding specs my only other concern is related to the build quality. It looks like Sony may have sacrificed strength to make this so thin. If you have a look at the following video you’ll see the screen flex an almost uncomfortable amount when they try to open it (at the 1:09 minute mark): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1eVitUAGx4

    It really is incredibly thin and sexy though.

  2. wow great, 1/2″ thin. but its still 11″ with a thick bezel. so this is a relatively big laptop & no more portable than others in its class. how about making it 3/4″ thin & giving it even greater battery life.

    does Sony care about anything other than gimmicks ??

  3. Why can’t Apple produce something in this form factor? This is what the Macbook Air should have been.

    1. Exactly. I want an 11.5 inch Macbook Pro.

  4. yup, agreed on atom cpu choice; do not want another netbook/atom based unless its under $500 :)

    the reason why i love my macbook air (besides the drools it looks evokes), it has a real c2d cpu.

    i love my wind w/win7 and all for surfing and very minimal streaming/video (nothing over 480p, online or off), but the real cpu in the air starts to shine when i start doing imovie work and even playing 720p local content.

    digging the looks and battery life claim (a little leary on battery life claim though, mba and 5hrs ring a bell? hehe). plus, i have always been a fan of sony design.

  5. Hey, I for one don’t need a “real” CPU. I’d gladly take all-day endurance over modern games and 3ds Max. Office, web, email, cool-running all day. That’s my machine. Atom is sufficient.

  6. I think sony should make two versions of this netbook. Make a cheaper version with atom and a more expensive with a better cpu.

  7. Too pretty for an Atom… ;)

  8. there are enough atoms out there, thank you very much.

    and, if they make 2 versions it may not be feasible (heat dissipation requirements different). i guess it’s more feasible for them to offer different cpu speeds and conventional hdd / ssd, like other models.

    really looking forward to this. no atom, please.

  9. I was going to “show a little Atom love” just for laughs. But scary enough, someone beat me to it, and he was dead serious.

    I guess the world is totally gobbling up all the Atom garbage Intel can dish out. Do they all hook the machines up to their cars, or are we experiencing an explosion of noobie computer buyers, or a slow death of tech living from the recession, or what? Because 5 years ago, very few would buy a notebook with barely enough power for internet porn, but as a trade-off, will run for 5 hours or more. Had that been the case, the Newton MessagePad would’ve taken off like California fires.

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