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Sony to release 10.1" Vaio W netbook in August; $499

Finally getting into the netbook market a bit more than the ultra-premium Vaio P-series "Lifestyle PC," Sony on Tuesday announced the 10.1-in.
Written by Andrew Nusca, Contributor

Finally getting into the netbook market a bit more than the ultra-premium Vaio P-series "Lifestyle PC," Sony on Tuesday announced the 10.1-in. Vaio W, set to ship in mid-August for $499.

The W netbook is intended as a "secondary PC," Sony says, for around-the-house use.

Inside, expect a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 160GB hard drive, 1GB memory, Windows XP Home edition, Bluetooth support, 802.11b/g/n wireless, VGA out, two USB ports, Ethernet, webcam, microphone and SD/MemoryStick card reader.

[ZDNet Image Gallery: Sony Vaio W series netbook]

Outside, expect a 1366 by 768-pixel resolution, LED backlit display and Energy Star 5.0-compliant hardware. The W series has a three-cell battery that holds a charge for about three hours (six-cell optional). It also sports Sony's signature "isolated," or chiclet-style keyboard, which is 86-percent size.

Looking for 3G, GPS, and optical drive or SSD? No dice, said company representatives on Engadget. But you will have a choice of "berry pink," "sugar white" or "cocoa brown" finishes.

The W series also comes with VAIO Media plus Multimedia Streaming software, a media sharing application that lets users wirelessly stream content across DLNA-enabled devices throughout a home network, including over a Playstation 3.

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