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Sony launches world's lightest laptop

Sub-2lb model fit for business in Japan

Sony is launching what’s said to be the world’s lightest notebook as part of its bid to attract more business buyers in Japan. The Type G Vaio, which is expected to sell for around £990, weighs less than 2lbs.

The secret to the Type G's lightness comes in part from a Carbon body. Sony has also employed Carbon in the heatsink for the processor and graphics chips to reduce the size and weight.

The machine, which has a 12.1in screen, will work for about six hours on a fully-charged standard battery and will survive a drop from a table without damage, said Sony. There's also a light AC adapter that's the same thickness as the computer so it won't cause a bulge in a bag.

"The small, thin and light market within the business market is growing and that's the area where we can show our strength in terms of product and technology," said Yoshihisa Ishida, a Sony senior vice president and head of the company's Vaio business, in an interview.

The company announced its business push last week with the launch of the Vaio Business brand, which it hopes will expand enterprise sales so they account for 30 percent of its domestic sales by 2009.


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