Sony to enter netbook playing field


Vaio_logoSony is one of the last remaining holdouts in the netbook space but according to an interview of one of Sony’s executives that holdout will be ending soon.  Laptop Magazine asked a Sony senior executive if Sony planned to produce a netbook and his answer was good news:

When we asked if Sony has plans to enter the netbook market, Abary gaveus a firm “stay tuned.” He would not reveal anything else about thedesign, but he added “we are letting the pioneers in the market makethe mistakes. Sony has to participate because consumers are our corecompetency. We have to participate.”

I wonder what mistakes that Sony will correct?  Somehow I don’t think pricing is one of them but it’s good news to think of a Sony netbook.



The UMPC focused question is will this device be badged a U series, or is a UX replacement on its way too at some point?

Pam T.

I agree – I lusted over the Sony TZ for years, but couldn’t justify the price.

But – they have to restrain from installing all that bloatware they usually use.

Having used the HP Mini’s 8.9″ screen, I’d rather have 10.2″.

Make sure you use quality speakers – the Mini’s sound is awesome and I’m totally spoiled at not having to use external speakers for entertainment now.


I agree, if they can make it within reasonable price range,

make it 8.9″ to 10.2″ screen (usually Sony screens are top notch)

yes, oh please a usable keyboard for touch-typing

80-160GB HDD or a 32 to 64GB SSD

Webcam, bluetooth, Wifi, 3G or Express Slot


Then I’m sold!

P.S. 3 to 4 hrs of battery life

Chris K

Perhaps they’ll fix the mistake of netbooks being too affordable and having usable keyboards.

A Bitter UX Owner.


I’m probably the one to say that if Sony hadn’t made their tiny laptops so expensive, there would be no need for the Netbook category.

But last I heard of the Sony Netbook, they were going to use VIA (which by now, they better use the VIA Nano chip)

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