Preview of the Sony UX50 now available

New Sony UXDigital World Tokyo got a chance to fondle the Sony UX50 Micro PC in Japan and have published a brief overview.  They reported that although the high resolution of 1024 x 600 makes things tiny on the 4.5 inch screen they were able to see everything.  The zoom buttons on the right of the screen can be used to instantly blow things up when the screen gets too crowded.  Their impressions of the small thumb keyboard were mixed, with the flush keys not providing a lot of tactile feedback, but they admitted they were able to type with no errors.  There are some other good nuggets of information in the article so check it out if you are interested in the new Sony.  My favorite observation from the article:

It’s difficult to hold the UX50 in your hands and not be impressed with the amount of technology crammed into it. It compares favorably with Samsung’s Q1 ultra mobile PC, which is based on the recently launched Origami platform, and will definitely draw looks when you use it in public.

At Tuesday’s launch Sony said there’s also a second version on the way. This will use flash memory in place of a hard-disk drive so it’s likely to be a little lighter and more expensive. That should launch in the middle of this year.

A flash memory version of this device would be a killer feature, and should make for faster performance with less battery drain than the hard drive version.  Does anybody know what the largest capacity flash drive is currently available?  The only down side I can see to this is if the drive is smaller than the 30 GB drive in the current version.

-jk

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