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IFA: Sony unveils ultra-slim laptop

LaptopsSony has shown off its latest lightweight, ultra-slim laptop at the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin. The Sony Vaio X is being billed as the successor to Sony's 2004 Vaio X505 - a forward-thinking laptop that was thinner than the MacBook Air.

Sony says nothing is set in stone as far as specs are concerned, according to Engadget, but here's what I was able to cobble together based on a variety of reports:

  • Weight: 680g
  • Thickness: 13mm
  • Screen: 11.1in backlit LCD screen in either matt or glossy display
  • Processor: Intel Atom (could change to CULV)
  • Storage: 120GB hard disk drive (HDD), according to Sony Insider
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Ports: 2 x USB; Ethernet; SD card reader; Memory Stick Duo slot; VGA output; headphone
  • Battery: 31Wh battery that "will set the new standard for stamina".
  • Body material: carbon fibre
  • Operating System: likely to be Windows 7
  • Cost: rumoured to be under $2,000, according to Slash Gear
  • Availability: probably the week following the October 22 launch of Windows 7.

Since there's no official word about this laptop yet, the above specs should be treated as rumour until we have a finalised device from Sony. The look of the Vaio X is very nice, but Sony may end up delivering nothing more than an over-priced Atom-based laptop. Atom processors are typically found in low-powered netbooks, like Sony's Vaio W series, which sells in the $500 range. With Sony talking about a price tag under $2,000 for the X series, this ultra-slim laptop may not come cheap.

A high price tag won't help against the competition either, since the X Series looks poised to compete against devices such as the MacBook Air. Apple's ultra-slim laptop has two models that sell between $1,500-$1,800; however, the Air sports a faster Intel Core 2 Duo processor as opposed to the X's current Atom CPU. If Sony really wants to compete against the Air it looks to me like they have two choices: price this device below $1,000 or bump up the processor specs.

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