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CES 2009: Sony's VAIO 'pocketbook', 'Webbie' HD camcorder, OLED prototypes [day 2]

Sony made their grand debut just prior to Steve Ballmer's keynote, and boy, they know how to put on a show. Here's what's notable (I'll leave the many Bravia announcements to Home Theater blogger Sean Portnoy, who was in attendance with me and will post tonight).
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Sony made their grand debut just prior to Steve Ballmer's keynote, and boy, they know how to put on a show. Here's what's notable (I'll leave the many Bravia announcements to Home Theater blogger Sean Portnoy, who was in attendance with me and will post tonight).

VAIO P-Series Lifestyle PC 

About the size of a woman's wallet (or a man's wallet for a suit), this 1.4 lb. Netbook-that-resembles-a-wallet (the P is for Passport) was the biggest announcement. It supports integrated WAN, LAN (incl. Verizon 3G) and Bluetooth, and packs GPS that doesn't need the Internet (in the U.S. and Canada). The screen is a high-res (1600x768), 8-inch ultrawide LCD intended for viewing entire web pages on one screen, eliminating horizontal scrolling. Oh, and it comes loaded with Windows Vista.

It comes in five colors (red, green, white and two shades of black) and will retail for $900. It's available now for pre-order and will be at select retailers next month.

Digital Photo Frames

Two new models: First, the 10-inch DPF-X1000, which is 800x480 SVGA LCD (15:9 aspect ratio) and has 2GB internal memory, HDMI output, an alarm clock, and auto dimmer, white balance correction, and is Bluetooth ready. Second, the 10-inch DPF-V100, which includes all the previous stats but has 1GB of internal memory.

Both will be available in March, for $300 and $250, respectively.

HDR-XR520V 240 GB HD HDD Handycam camcorder

The barnburner: Full 1920x1080 HD video and 12 megapixel still image capability. Features a large capacity 240GB HD that holds 101 hours of HD video in LP mode, back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor for low light, photo and video geotagging via a built-in GPS receiver and NAVTEQ digital maps, image stabilization, "Smile Shutter" for photos even when recording video, and face detection.

This bad boy will be available in March for $1500.

HDR-CX100 HD Flash Handycam camcorder

For those who prefer flash camcorders, Sony announced this as well. Has Full 192x1080 HD video and 4 megapixel still image capability, plus 8GB embedded memory expandable via Memory Stick PRO Duo. Packs 10x optical Carl Zeiss Vaio-Tessar zoom with Steady Shot up front. Comes in three colors -- red, black, silver -- and includes Smile Shutter and face detection. Will be available in March for $600.

MHS-PM1 "Webbie" HD MP4 camcorder

Available tonight for $170, this is Sony's YouTube-friendly device. It captures HD MPEG-4 video and 5 megapixel stills, has a 4 ounce body, comes equipped with PMB Portable software for quick online upload, and has a rotating swivel lens. Expandable storage via Memory Stick PRO Duo, and of course, comes in three colors: eggplant, orange and silver.

The company also had two more things to note: OLED prototypes in various sizes (expect this tech to develop further) and a "major" announcement tomorrow. Stay tuned.

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