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.