In pictures: Sony's new Vaio W netbook

Sony is the latest computer maker to enter the netbook market. Here's what you can expect from the new Vaio W netbook.

  • Sony Vaio W Specifications

    Model: VPC-W11S1E

    Processor: Intel Atom N280 (1.66GHz)

    OS: Genuine Windows XP Home Edition, SP3

    Memory: 1GB RAM

    Graphics: Intel GMA 950

    HDD: 160GB Hard Disk Drive (Serial ATA) (5400 RPM)

    Display: 10.1" X-black LCD with LED technology, 1366 x 768 resolution

    Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g

    Others: Bluetooth, Motion Eye webcam, Memory Card Reader
  • The Sony W comes with a 160GB hard drive (5400 RPM) and performs well in the connectivity department with two USB ports, 802.11a/b/g and Bluetooth. Running the Vaio W is a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 processor, the same type used in many other netbooks.

  • Included in the Sony Vaio W package is a matching color soft case and a USB mouse for those who prefer it. Sony aims at an eco-concious Vaio W series with Energy Star 5.0 compliance, mercury free LCD and packaging made out of 95 percent recycled cardboard.

  • Sony's New Netbook

    Sony today took [[xref:|the first step| Sony Takes First Step Into the Netbook Market]] into the netbook market, introducing the Vaio W line of mini laptops.

    Featuring a high-resolution 10.1-inch screen (1,366 by 768 pixels), Sony's new netbooks can fit more information on their displays than regular [[xref:|netbooks| Top 10 Netbooks]].

    The Sony W measures 10.6 x 7-inch, is just over one inch thick (not including protrusion) and weighs just under 42 ounces.

    Available in three colors (white, pink and brown for business users), the Vaio W comes with a processor running at 1.66 GHz, runs Windows XP, and has 1GB of RAM.

    Sony is planning to use the higher resolution as one of the key differentiators between the Vaio W and other computers on the market. It will also promote the machine's touch panel, which is about the same size as that found on conventional laptops.

    In Japan it will cost around US$630, which is roughly in line with netbooks from other Japanese vendors such as Toshiba and Fujitsu but more expensive than machines from foreign companies, such as Dell and Acer. It will go on sale in the U.K., France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and Russia from August, and be available via Sony's online shop. North American launch details have not yet been announced.

    Sony's new netbook series will ease your pockets (or credit cards) of $500 when it goes on sale in August. Sony's Web site will be open for pre-orders later today.

    The PC industry witnessed a record decline in the first quarter of this year as grim economic conditions caused many consumers and companies to postpone nonessential purchases. Global shipments fell by 8 percent against the same period of 2008, led by a sharp decline in demand for desktop PCs, according to iSuppli. The mobile segment saw 10 percent growth thanks largely to demand for netbook PCs.

    Sony came close to launching a netbook earlier this year when it put the Vaio P on sale. The computer is smaller than many netbooks but runs Windows Vista on the more powerful of Intel's Atom processors. Sony was keen to distance the Vaio P and its higher price from the netbook market.
  • The Sony Vaio features Intel's GMA 950 integrated graphics chip, and its included battery offers 3.5 hours of life on one charge. The operating system is Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 3.

  • Sony Vaio W features a built-in Webcam above the high-resolution display (16:9 aspect ratio) and also comes with an integrated memory card reader (Memory Stick Duo/SD). The netbook's touchpad is approximately the same size as the one found in conventional laptops, making on-screen navigation easier than on other netbooks.

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