CES 2009: Sony Reveals Ultra-Wide Ultra-Portable

Sony unveils its ultra-wide Lifestyle PC - it's slim, stylish and very, very light.

Connectivity was clearly high on Sony’s agenda with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth onboard, while the icing on the cake is an integrated HSDPA module. With that sort of line-up you shouldn’t have any trouble getting online wherever you may be. Oh, and there’s a built-in GPS receiver as well.

Strangely Sony has decided to install Vista on the P Series, and I have to say that it seemed to be struggling slightly when I was using it. Personally, I’d rather be running XP on a device like this, where 2GB or memory and an Atom chip should be more than up to the job.

Sony was keen to point out that the P Series would slip easily into a handbag (which I agree with), or a jacket pocket (which I don’t) – you’d have to have a very large jacket to fit one of these in the pocket. One thing’s for sure though, however you carry one of these babies, you’ll hardly notice it’s there. With a weight of around 630g, the P Series really is incredibly light.

The P Series will be available in the US in February and will cost around $900. What that will equate to in the UK is hard to say, especially in the current climate. Even with a straight Dollar to Pound conversion I can see the P Series being a very popular device. In the short time I spent with it, I couldn’t stop myself from wanting one, even though I don’t really need one.

Of course it’s hard to really assess the P Series until we’ve run some benchmarks on it and determined what it can and can’t do. Battery life will also be an important factor, and I can’t help but wonder whether Sony has compromised battery life in favour of that feather-like weight.

As always, I’ll be chasing up a review sample as soon as I get back to the UK, so check back for the full review.

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