updated 08:05 pm EDT, Wed October 7, 2009
Sony launches VAIO X netbook
Sony's unveilings tonight were highlighted by the VAIO X. The 11-inch netbook crossover is billed as the lightest ever notebook and uses a carbon fiber shell to reach a weight of just 1.6 pounds. As it's based on a smaller and cooler running Intel Atom chip, the system can also afford to be extremely thin and measures 0.55 inches thick across its whole length.
The Atom similarly contributes to battery life. Although the stock battery nets a strictly average 3.5 hours of use, a second, extended battery that comes with every system quadruples the longevity to 14 hours. A multi-touch is new to Sony and supports pinching, rotating and similar controls.
VAIO X systems launch at $1,300 and have a 2GHz Atom, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB solid-state drive and Windows 7. Every model has 3G through Verizon as well as data-independent GPS, but a special Signature Collection model at $1,500 both comes in all-gold and doubles the permanent storage to 128GB. Pre-orders begin this evening and will deliver systems next month.