Sony revamps VAIO P, adds accelerometer, touchpad, more

By on May 10, 2010, 3:26 PM
Sony has followed up on its recent "New Ultra Mobile" teaser by announcing a refreshed VAIO P, just as tipsters previously indicated. The revamped VAIO P is powered by an Intel Atom Z540 and still features the GMA 500, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a 64GB SSD, a webcam, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, WWAN, GPS, two USB ports, an 8-inch 1600x768 display, and Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit.

At first glance, it doesn't seem like much has changed, and for the core machine, that's mostly true. However, along with painting the series lively shades of green, orange and pink, Sony has lowered the starting price and expanded on the system's features, making it a little more difficult to dismiss the VAIO P as an oddly shaped, overpriced netbook.

It now has an accelerometer to adjust screen orientation and a digital compass in case you're stranded in the wilderness or NYC. The company has also added a tiny touchpad built into the right side of the screen bezel, with left and right-click buttons on the opposite side. The system is lighter at 1.32lbs and pledges a lengthier runtime of five hours or up to 10 hours with an extended battery.

The new VAIO P will kick off in June for $800, and Sony is currently accepting preorders.

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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

LOL...I don't care if it has a virtual compass or not. I ain't paying $800 for what these offer.

---agissi--- ---agissi---, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Yeah I'm not really sure if the Atom fits an $800 price tag. But I suppose its battery life is a good one.

Guest said:

Typical Sony - Overpriced.

I'll keep waiting for an Android tablet.

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Where is the pre-order page? Not that I'm going to order right now, but I'm looking for what's included in the $800 price. This sounds to me like a pretty good deal. I think that Sony has addressed the limitations of the previous model quite well (mainly price and battery life). I've been interested in this form factor for a while, and kept an eye on the Fujitsu UH900, the UMID and the Viliv N5, but I think the P series is going to the top of my list. I noticed some more details are available elsewhere, and I'm going to pursue them.

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