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Specs Leak On Sony's Ultra wide Netbook

Gordon Kelly


Specs Leak On Sony's Ultra wide Netbook

It's always nice to kick off Boxing Day by hearing about the netbook you wish you were bought instead so here we go...

The specs from the impending Sony P Series netbook have arrived and as usual they illustrate that the King of Proprietary is determined to do things its way. Accidentally leaked onto the SonyStyle site and subsequently removed (but not before being snagged), they use a TT as a placeholder and leave blank a number of important stats but reveal easily the most interesting one...

An '8in LED backlit 1600 x 768 display' - surely that can't be right I hear you cry, but think about the the FCC filing and form factor snap (see below) which emerged at the start of the month (and confirmed Bluetooth and HSDPA options). Besides, such a native resolution would also be superb for multitasking and allow for a nice keyboard though you have to wonder about weight and how it would affect battery life - two of the notable specs left off the list.

Elsewhere the '1.33GHz Intel processor' seems likely to be an Atom but with Vista Home Premium and Basic listed as the OSses of choice (I wouldn't rule out an XP option yet) I'd hope it would be something with a bit more oomph. Meanwhile a 60GB HDD is pretty underwhelming and while the 128GB SSD option certainly isn't it doesn't really keep to the spirit of humble netbook pricing.

All in all then I'd suggest the Sony P Series will sport a price that excludes it from being called a netbook in the truest sense, but that certainly doesn't exclude it from being one of the more interesting laptop launches for 2009...


Sony Style


December 26, 2008, 11:13 am

tie a big stick to it and it'll also become a paddle


December 26, 2008, 8:03 pm

And after seeing the price you can beat Howard Stringer over the head with it!


December 26, 2008, 9:08 pm

I wonder if they've re-worked their UMPC innnards into a different form factor to get this device out. Should make for an interesting device especially if it carries an ULV Core Solo @ 1.33GhZ

Don't expect it to be netbook priced though - more UMPC in netbook form factor.


December 26, 2008, 9:54 pm

I stopped reading at the bit that said 1.33Ghz cpu and Vista.


December 26, 2008, 10:27 pm

Check out the Sony Vaio UX380N and UX490N for hints on what Sony can stuff into a small chassis. I bet they've simply re-worked the bits into their Picturebook form factor,creating what they know for now will be the most powerful netbook out there with fabulous battery life to boot! It will be expensive and run Vista, but as usual with Sony/Apple - not many people you know are likely to have one..

Hamish Campbell

December 27, 2008, 2:14 pm

Clearly you don't know who I know......ok you're right, no one.


December 27, 2008, 3:35 pm

If it's anything like recent Sonys I look forward to the flexible creaking plastic, poor quality hinges and exploding batteries.

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