Sony announces 11.1" VAIO X ultraportable: Intel Atom, 1.5 lbs.

Sony announces 11.1" VAIO X ultraportable: Intel Atom, 1.5 lbs.

Summary: Sony just announced the VAIO X at IFA 2009 in Berlin, Germany, a half-inch thin, 11.1-inch ultraportable notebook with an all-day battery that "will set the new standard for stamina," reports Engadget.

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Sony just announced the VAIO X at IFA 2009 in Berlin, Germany, a half-inch thin, 11.1-inch ultraportable notebook with an all-day battery that "will set the new standard for stamina," reports Engadget.

The system is reportedly built of carbon fiber, weighing only 1.5 lbs.

The VAIO X has an Atom processor, which probably aids the battery life considerably. Also begs the question: netbook or notebook? (Does Atom define "netbook"? Screen size? If it runs Windows 7 well, does anyone care?)

UPDATE: It will have built-in 3G support, CNET's Erica Ogg writes live from Berlin. Yep, netbook.

Price? If the Sony P-Series Lifestyle notebook is any indication, this baby will easily run four digits.

(But hey, at least it will come with Google's Chrome browser preinstalled.)

Still, with such form factor innovation, Sony's showing that it's got a lot of mojo -- the kind normally attributed to a company based in Cupertino, Calif.

It also shows the company believes in netbooks -- having also introduced the $499 10.1-inch W Series just two months ago.

Topics: Intel, Hardware

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  • Well...

    if someone copied the design and sold it for about half of four digits, I might be seriously interested. But if the price guess is correct, Sony can keep it.

    And I'd forgo the carbon fiber. They cold add an eighth of a inch to the thickness and a few ounces to the weight at that price. I'd still buy it.
    Economister
    • You might

      but many want the lightest, smallest, and most compact computer. Obviously, the carbon fiber costs money. Making a computer lighter always costs more. That is why so many comparisons between a Mac notebook and a Windows "equivalent" are usually false. The Macs are generally lighter and more compact.

      Sony is one of the few that has beaten Macs at design of ultraportables. Witness the crippled MacBook Air versus Sony's in the same category.
      jorjitop
  • RE: Sony announces 11.1

    Sounds like Nvidias new netbook that was announced earlier. Wonder if Sonys has graphics capabilities as good as Nvidias?
    I Hate Malware
  • The picture says it all

    "Make believe" Does that make Sony a pretender?
    I Hate Malware