CES 2009: Sony announces P Series ultra portable notebook at 1.4 pounds

I am a big fan of highly portable devices and I just saw a new device announced by Sony that may just have me putting my MSI Wind up on ebay soon. Sony announced their new Vaio P Series ultra-compact notebook that has some good specs and an interesting design. The tagline is that the P Series is the lightest 8 inch notebook in the world. Rather than go for a large display in a small form factor, Sony looks to have targeted maximization of the keyboard with sacrificing the screen size and going for a small form factor.

CES 2009: Sony announces P Series ultra portable notebook at 1.4 pounds
I am a big fan of highly portable devices and I just saw a new device announced by Sony that may just have me putting my MSI Wind up on ebay soon. Sony announced their new Vaio P Series ultra-compact notebook that has some good specs and an interesting design. The tagline is that the P Series is the lightest 8 inch notebook in the world. Rather than go for a large display in a small form factor, Sony looks to have targeted maximization of the keyboard with sacrificing the screen size and going for a small form factor.

The Vaio P Series comes in Onyx Black, Emerald Green, Garnet Red, and Crystal White. I like the green one myself.

Specifications for the new notebook include:

  • 1.33 GHz Intel processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • Windows Vista Home/Premium
  • One-button quick-boot option (very cool)
  • 8 inch LED backlit, 1600x768 resolution display
  • 60GB hard drive (or 128GB SSD)
  • 4-hour or 8-hour battery pack
  • Secure Digital and Memory Stick slots
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • Display/LAN adapter port
  • Integrated GPS receiver
  • Integrated WWAN connectivity (through Verizon Wireless)
  • Integrated 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth radios
  • Motion Eye webcam
  • Weight of only 1.4 pounds (SSD model). The HDD model weighs 1.5 pounds
  • Dimensions of 10.99 x 7.87 x 0.93 inches

Sony P series keyboard

You can actually pre-order one now starting at US$899.99 (60GB HDD model) from the Sony store and my finger is was hovering over the orange Buy Now button at the moment. The 64GB SSD model is US$1,199.99 and the 128GB SSD model is US$1,499.99. The upper end SSD models also have limited colors available. Availability is estimated as 3 February 2009. I can't wait to read some hands-on reports and think this looks like a fantastic mobile solution.

UPDATE: Gizmodo has a very nice hands-on look at the P Series with lots of photos and thoughts about the device. I will have to see it in person before I decide if it is worthy of a purchase because that short and wide display has me doubting how much work can really be done on it.