Sony Japan has revamped
their Vaio computer lineup announcing several desktop and laptop models, with the Vaio G getting most of the attention thanks to the addition of a 32GB solid-state flash drive option instead of a conventional 40GB hard drive.
Among the benefits of using a solid-state flash drive are faster seek times, about 30 extra minutes of battery and weighting a mere 1,89 pounds - thanks in part to the lightweight carbon fiber shell - making it the world’s lightest 12.1-inch laptop.
The Sony VAIO G features a carbon fiber shell, 12.1" XGA screen an Intel 945GMS Express chipset and is available with Celeron M, and ULV Core Solo processors. Other niceties include 802.11a/b/g wireless, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, PCMCIA slot, multi-card media reader and a fingerprint reader.
Sony has been eager to push the use of solid-state flash dives over mechanical disks with the Vaio UX90 ultra-portable handheld being the first
of Sony’s computers to use one. The announced price for this notebook in Japan with the SSD option included is ~$1,930 (the SSD option alone costs about $545). There is no confirmation yet on availability for the US market.