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Sony Vaio W 10.1-inch Netbook Announced

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    Sony's Vaio P elite netbook claimed top notch hardware specs when it was first unveiled, but its price made it unattractive to buyers, so now it is time for it to step down in flavour of the new Vaio W netbook. The new VAIO W sports a useful 10.1-inch LED-backlit LCD display that offers a better-than-usual resolution of 1366x768 pixels. Available in berry pink, cocoa brown or sugar white it also brings with it a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N280 processor, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics and a 160 GB hard disk drive. Like most netbooks, Sony VAIO W comes with Microsoft Windows XP OS installed, other trimmings include Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n, VGA out, two USB ports, Ethernet, webcam, and a MemoryStick / SD card reader. The system should launch in Japan this August with an estimated retail price of ¥60,000 or around $500. Read the full press release below.

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    Source: Engadget
     
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    When am I gonna get a 720p dual core atom ion platform 10" netbook? If I'm gonna pay $500 for a netbook, that better be what it has in it.
     
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    Several companies have plans to release Ion based netbooks with an Atom processor and GeForce 9400M IGP capable of 720P playback. Check out the upcoming Lenovo S12 for example.
     
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    A little too large, but still worth considering. I prefer to stick with the 10" formfactor. I also would like the ATom dual core, unless Nano proves to be able to play HD content without need of the gpu.
     
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    If you want to watch HD movies at full resolution a 10" screen is really pushing it. For watching movies on the go, I would rather squeeze 2 extra inches into my bag than have to watch movies at less than 720P or a small screen. Having 1366x768 resolution on a 10" screen like this Sony Vaio W is not typical and I would be surprised to see any more netbooks available like that, let alone one based on Ion (or some other hardware capable of HD playback). I think that S12 is the best of both worlds, especially if they can indeed get the nVidia IGP to work with a Nano processor.
     
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    I don't think it's pushing it at all. I want the formfactor, but I also want the resolution for improved web surfing. HD playback is just the added benefit.
     
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    w00t! Sony Notebook at cheap prices (compared to their premium ultra portables!)

    This is definitely going on my check it out list, esp. with what looks like:

    1./ Matte screen
    2./ Non-sticky-in-the-heat trackpad

    DOWNSIDE:
    1./ Silly magicgate prop slots. We WANT SSD thank you
    2./ Non ION, but Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950

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    I don't see why 720p screens aren't normal, there's a 720p screen in Sony's DSC-T900 camera which has a 3.5" screen, if they can put that in a camera, why can't other companies put it in a netbook?
     
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    ^er, Davek? Am I missing something? A 768 screen can play 720 content, AND WITH A TASKBAR or window frame or subtitles out of the main frame, as a bonus. Or the extra 48 pixels can be faded to black... and is visually no worse than the surround bezel of any TFT.

    Why would you want LESS resolution in the y?

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    More specs in the PDF here: http://vaio.sony.co.uk/pdf/GeneratePdf.action?product=VPCW11S1E/T&site=voe_en_GB_cons

    LOL at the fingernails.... Must be the "pink" edition ;) ->
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    I should have worded my post better, I meant to say other netbooks should use 1366x768 (or even 1280x800) screens, if Sony can put a 720p 3.5" LCD in a camera, surely netbook companies can put a 720p capable screen in netbooks.
     
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    Agreed. I'd go one further, and say netbooks would hit a sweet spot with 11" screens but with narrower bezel (same footprint +1cm) but have 1600x1024 resolution for a lot more "y" and PDF readability, turning them into e-book-readers not just mail and footle tools.

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    I just found out while searching the SONY site that the P series (8" screen) is 1600x768. So an 11" screen should be pulling off 1600x1024 or better.
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    Just found this flash showcase. http://content.vaio.eu/showcase/w/index_uk.html

    I think SONY have pulled off what Mac-fans have been hoping for with an Apple netbook. I suspect the SONY will be popular.

    Does anyone know if there is a "gateway" brand in the EU? http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529668268.php
     
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    nothing about battery life...
     
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    In the PDF link I gave earlier, they used "Mobilemark 2007" to analyse battery life as 160 minutes. I dont know how that compares to other netbooks... since I am sure that Mobilemark 2007 tests the machine under load, not idle.
     

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