UK to get Sony's mini-VAIO

UK to get Sony's mini-VAIO

Summary: The US and Japan have had Sony's UX series ultra-mobile PCs for a while, and now it's the UK's turn. Today the company announced that we are to get the VAIO VGN UX1XN, pictured below.

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The US and Japan have had Sony's UX series ultra-mobile PCs for a while, and now it's the UK's turn. Today the company announced that we are to get the VAIO VGN UX1XN, pictured below.

With its 4.5in. touch-screen and slide-out keyboard (see below), the UX1XN may look more like a Windows Mobile handheld, but this baby runs full-blown Windows — Vista Business no less. The rest of the spec is impressively upmarket: 1GB of RAM, an Ultra Low Voltage Intel Core Solo processor, dual digital cameras (one for videoconferencing, the other for image capture), Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11g Wi-Fi and 32GB of flash memory in place of a hard disk. You also get a fingerprint scanner and a docking unit that adds extra connectivity options.

The downside? Apart from the challenge of using Vista on a 4.5in screen, the UX1XN will cost a princely — nay, a kingly — £2,000.

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