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CES 2009: Sony unveils world’s lightest eight inch notebook

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CES 2009: Sony unveils world's lightest eight inch notebook

Las Vegas (NV, Booth #14200) – This evening at CES, Sony unveiled its new VAIO P Series Lifestyle PC, the world’s lightest 8″ notebook. “About the size of a business envelope and roughly as thin as a cell phone, the VAIO Lifestyle PC weighs just 1.4 pounds and is small enough to slip into a jacket pocket or handbag while integrating full-PC features,” including running Vista.

The 8″ notebook uses a 1600 x 768 built atop Sony’s XBRIGHT-ECO LED backlit LCD ultra-wide display. It includes built-in WAN 3G mobile broadband on the Verizon network, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, a built-in webcam, four hours of battery life with the standard battery, and an eight-hour battery option which also increases the weight by an unspecified amount.

It’s powered by an Intel Atom 1.33 GHz CPU, 2x 1 GB memory (2 GB total), SATA, 128 GB SSD, two USB 2.0 connectors, headphone, line-in, one SD slot, one Memory Stick Duo media slot. With an optional 60 GB HD, the weight increases to 1.5 pounds. It comes with an integrated Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 500, with 760 MB max memory, and supports an external VGA-connector with resolutions up to 1600 x 1200.

The Lifestyle PC includes a real-time GPS, and an instant-mode option allowing the notebook to boot into Sony’s Xcross Media Bar interface (separate from the OS), allowing access to music, video, photos and the web. It comes standard with Windows Vista, and despite its small dimensions (no exact figures given, though approximately size of a business envelope), supports traditional applications typically available in larger notebooks.

The VAIO P Series Lifestyle PC (VGN-P598E/Q) costs $900. It will be available for pre-order tomorrow at www.sony.com/pr/pseries, and later this month at Sony Style stores, and most major retailers beginning in February.

The full fact sheet can be viewed here.