More Sony UX pics

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A jkOnTheRun reader who wishes to remain anonymous just sent me these photos of the secret Sony Vaio ultra-portable.  When I blow up the first photo I see that this baby has Bluetooth, WiFi and WWAN!

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The second photo reveals that Sony just won’t give up on the Memory Stick media that everyone hates.  It also has an interesting "Capture" button.

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The next photo shows the new Vaio with the QWERTY keyboard extended and a couple of zoom buttons on the right side of the screen.

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This last photo shows the device from the front. Notice what appears to be a square joystick nubbin on the upper right side. The slider switch on the lower left is a wireless on/ off switch.  This device is getting more interesting by the minute.:)

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This last photo shows the docking station which appears very similar to the Sony U dock with VGA, Firewire, and USB slots.

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UPDATE:  Sony has just updated the teaser site and it now ends with a question "is it red, green, or blu?"  Could this be implying Blu-Ray support of some kind?  It says all will be revealed on 5/16.

-jk

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scoobie

Jon (who seems to be the main insider leaker) has posted to engadget these details..

Price: $1799.99
Release date: June
4.5 inch 1024×600 touchscreen with XBRITE
slide-out QWERTY keyboard
Windows XP Professional
1.2GHz Core Solo processor
512MB RAM
30GB hard drive with shock protection
802.11a/b/g
WAN (Cingular EDGE)
Bluetooth
dual cameras (VGA on the front, 1.3 MP on the back) with a microphone
biometric fingerprint sensor
1 USB port
Memory Stick slot
headphone and microphone inputs
1.1 pounds
Dimensions: 6″ x 4″ x 2″
Battery Life:3 to 7 hours
Stylus and a case will be included
Docking station which adds 3 USB ports, 1 Firewire port, and VGA/AV outputs
GPS will also be supported through Bluetooth

I was really happy with the first pics and the rumour this was a 7 inch screen, I am now disappointed however with these limitations to the device:
1. Small hard drive
2. Lack of Tablet OS (Amazing they’ve made the same mistake twice after the 750p)
3. The tiny screen! Its too small and you’ll be scrolling all the time.

Nevertheless , I think it will sell, it just won’t take on the likes of the Q1 (tablet os , 7 inch screen)

SmartITGuy

Great…
Another Sony product looking for a market.
I predict a replay of the whole Tablet-PC success (or lack thereof).

JuzMe

Guys, why are you saying that you don’t think the HDMI slot and blu-ray reference applies to the UX (and instead applies to the AR)? Because, if you look closely at the pictures being represented as being of the *UX* you can *clearly* see a HDMI labeled slot.

???

jk

I believe that the scaling of the Memory Stick slot indicates a 5 inch screen. Someone has reported that the UX will be 1024 x 600 and while this might be accurate it is going to be awfully tiny for a 5 inch screen. Also, the HDMI slot and Blu-Ray reference almost assuredly go with the also to be announced AR notebook computer (remember my comments on the teaser URL and have nothing to do with this UPC, the UX.

cobalt

Sorry about the typo above. The dock would be 6″ wide and 1.5″ thick.

cobalt

Someone commented on Engadget that this has “a 4.5 inch 1024×600 touchscreen with XBRITE”. I’ve tried experimenting with the scaling of the picture, and I think the 4.5″ screen is more accurate (although I think it might be 5″ instead). If you look at the fingerprint scanner, that would be massive if the screen were 7″. Also, the old Sony U750P had a 5″ LCD screen.

If you take the next to last picture (the one of the device head on) and scale it to 63%, it will make the screen about 5″. Then the fingerprint scanner is about 0.5″, almost exactly the size of the fingerprint scanner on the Fujitsu P1510 (using it for comparison only), and the keys on the thumb-board are almost exactly the size of the ones on the Cingular 8125 version of the HTC Wizard, just spaced out more.

Also, if you scale the last picture of the back of the dock down to 95%, the iLink and USB ports are now about the proper size. The video port looks like a VGA port and has the screw attachments for VGA as well. Apparently the HDMI and BluRay parts of this teaser campaign refer to a new notebook that is being simultaneously announced.

Likewise, the pic of what I think is the top of the unit should be scaled to 64% to be roughly proportionate. If this scaling is roughly correct, the main unit is about 6.25″ by 4.5″ by 1.75″, and the dock is about I bet the antenna is extendable: it looks like it’s too thin to have out all the time, and it also has a rounded tip, so I don’t think it’s recessed in the body but located in a grooved slot on the back on the unit.

The dock appears to be about the same width or less than the main unit. I presume the bottom of the main device has a specialized dock port. Not clear where the USB port(s) are located.

willy

anyone remember the old Psion series V mx??? Why can’t someone come out with an UMPC/HPC with a keyboard as good as on the Psion???

Erik

It’ll probably use a version of the Cell processor.

JuzMe

Ooh. I’m getting chills. This could be AWESOME! Read all about the blu-disc technology and the HDMI technology on the Sony Canada website linked above. You can see from the UX pics themselves that there is clearly a HDMI port right on the back/side of this sweet baby!

If this thing has 3g built into it and Windows XP or Tablet XP, look out, I’ll *fight you* for it! :)

PS I doubt that the keyboard is big enough for touch typing unless you have hands the size of a kindergartner but I’m thinking that maybe if you bought Samsung’s Q1 organizer and keyboard accessories, that might work SWEET with such a device when you want to haul off and write a long, long, LONG email for those of us that type 100+ wpm on full sized keyboards.

PPS Did I mention that I’m EXCITED?! Origiami was okay, but the hype didn’t live up to the reality as I felt that the Origiamis, for the most part, weren’t any better or perhaps not as good as the oQo and Sony U750P which were already on the market. That feeling was reinforced today as I went to a Best Buy “sister” store that actually had 10 Q1s in stock on Friday but were already sold down to only 2 left in the store earlier today when I was there and had opportunity to play with a Q1 for more than an hour. I came somewhat close to *buying* the Q1 and now I’m glad that I waited! I have a feeling that this Sony device is going to meet the hype if not beat it. :)

JoeT

Also as an old Sony PDA user and U750 user, I still have a *good* taste in my mouth about how well-designed and robust these Sony products are. Zero hard resets on any of 4 Clies, all functions still work perfectly after hard use.

Flash HDD sounds great! And expensive!

alienz

One question about flash drives, don’t they give out after a certain number or writes? I can kind of see them working in Ipods, but on a windows machine with a swap drive I’d think they’d die rather quickly?

Or has this problem been fixed?

jk

I hope the Flash HDD report is inaccurate. While they will be fast and battery friendly they are much lower in capacity than a 40 or 60 GB HDD would be.

sc

As an old Sony PDA user, I still have a bad taste in my mouth on how they left us CLIE users high a dry. I’d think long and hard before I invest my time in a Sony non core product.

If I do jump back in…please support non Sony standards…thank the gods ATRAC is nearly dead.

Jerad H

From our good friends at OrigamiProject.com forums, link: http://origamiproject.com/forums/5490/ShowThread.aspx#5490

The rumoured specs are as follows :

Posted to engadget in the comments :

UX: 7″ touch screen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Core Solo, WAN, biometric sensor, dual cameras, “UMPC” with Windows XP Pro (not Tablet Edition).

Posted to the u750p forum

“Got some news from Sony insiders, a new reborn U series will be
introduced soon. Some specs (not final):
7 inch touch screen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Core Solo, WAN, biometric
sensor, Motion Eye, “UMPC” with Windows XP Pro (not Tablet Edition).
Also they promise a flash HDD!”

There must be some accuracy in these sources as both correctly predicted the slide out keyboard, biometric sensor and camera BEFORE Sony’s teaser campaign released these details.

Steve

Mobilitysite’s David Ciccone has posted some specs under their MobilityToday. He also commented that the 3g option will most likely be from Cingular. Also on another forum a member stated that it will run XP and maybe hold a Flash based HD. Smartmobileassets has an entire page that sum’s up all of the rumors and provides the direct links to where they are found. The link is below:

http://smartmobileassets.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b=blogs,m=1147649341,s=0

jk

Sony just updated the teaser- it now shows some more shots of the device and ends with “is it red, green, or blu?” Could this be in reference to blu-ray? It says the secret will be revealed on 5/16.

psychoboogie

man, I have one word, luscious. let’s hope it’s got evdo, and tablet pc. I really love sony’s innovative designs. will have to replace the u50 now.

RaiD

I don’t see an HDMI port, but if you look at the 1st pic, on the left hand side of the device you can see the usb symbol…looks like enough room for a couple ports.

scoobie

Note the screen doesn’t seem to tilt at all, that suggests to use the keyboard and see the screen at the same time you need to have it in your hand, ie its not designed for typing on a flat surface.

It looks really small, I’d say 7.5 inches wide.

Looks like it might fit in your pocket.

scoobie

Please will all other ultraportable manufacturers leave the room and go home now. Ladies and gentleman, I think we have the ultimate ultraportable.

Now please Sony:
– sell the thing in Europe (Sony has a habit of not selling ultaportables in europe)
– Please put a Windows tablet OS on it. Rumour has it this thing runs Windows XP Pro

Mickey Segal

The screen has an aspect ratio of 1.66, suggesting it has the 800 x 480 resolution of a UMPC, not the 800 x 600 resolution of the Motion Computing LS800.

Illuminator

I certainly hope this thing has some onboard USB ports. Notice that the one of the doc is a 4 pin connector, which means that there is probably no power on it.

I must also say that I am a bit skeptical. It will be interesting to see some specs.

JuzMe

Is this a Windows XP machine? if not, what’s the OS? also, when you say WWAN enabled, do you know if it is Cingular’s HSDPA network that is enabled or Verizon/Sprint evdo? please don’t say EDGE enabled…too slow.

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