Sony Japan have kicked off a teaser campaign for a "VAIO New Ultra Mobile" that's apparently imminently ready for announcement. No details on the device itself are given, though there's a cryptic paperclip included on the teaser banner that some are suggesting might be a reference to clipping papers in a tablet-style manner, or alternatively might represent some sort of multi-folding device.
Ah, it's Thursday. We're well into the final stretch, folks, so stay on track! We're happy to have you here with us, partaking in the Daily Slash that we love so much to bring to the world. We've got quite the assortment for you tonight, so we're going to have to get right into it. Hopefully you don't mind. First up, in the Best of R3, we've got some pretty impressive numbers for the Android community; we've got plans for the iPad Camera connection accessory; and finally we've got an internal document that may bring a little extra to a newly official handset. And then in the 'net, Sony seems to be outsourcing their VAIO lineup; Google is bringing the goats back to Mountain View; another report says the next iPhone is definitely getting announced in June; and finally, Boxee loves all screens types.
Sony have unveiled their latest netbook, the Sony VAIO M Series, and they're positioning it right at the entry-point of the market. The 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 ultraportable packs Intel's Atom N450 1.66GHz processor, along with a 250GB hard-drive, and will be available in black or white.
As painfully garish color schemes go, Sony's new VAIO E series will take some beating. The company has taken a 15.5-inch notebook with an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and up to a 500GB hard-drive, and clad it in a variety of hues and finishes; they'll even sell you a matching (or eye-wateringly contrasting) keyboard skin.
Sony have outed their latest VAIO Z-series ultraportable, and for once there's no compromise between weight and performance. Two new models are on offer - the VAIO VPC-Z11Z9E and the VAIO VPC-Z11X9E - with 2.66GHz and 2.4GHz Intel Core-i7 processors respectively and NVIDIA GeForce GT330M 1GB GPUs; they also have Quad SSD drives (in RAID 0 format), offering 256GB and 128GB of speedy storage respectively.
Sony didn’t leave the netbook fan in the cold at CES this year and has unveiled the Vaio W netbook that is ecosensitive. The new Vaio W has a plastic case that is made from 23% recycled CDs. The reusable carry case the machine comes with is made from recycled PET bottles.
A few months back the Vaio T series notebooks were phased out due to increasing competition from other CULV notebook manufacturers. They have resurfaced again on Sony Japan's wesbite, now they are sporting CULV processors and a slew of other features. While they look the same as ever there is a lot of new stuff under the hood. For starters new processor options: the Celeron SU 2300 (1.2GHz, dual-core), Core 2 Duo SU9400 (1.4GHz, dual-core) and Core 2 Duo SU9600 (1.6GHz) are all available. The new T series supports up to 8GB of memory and new storage options include a 500GB HDD or a 512GB SSD.
There's a lot to like about Sony's VAIO X ultraportable - its indecently-skinny build, the engineering intelligence that went into its design, and its lengthy battery life just to name a few things - but if you're less than inspired by Windows 7 then how about a Mac OS X version? That's not one of Sony's official options, but insanelymac forum member Asama took it upon himself to throw OS X Snow Leopard onto the VAIO X himself.
To do so he used the hacked together build of Snow Leopard that's been put together for the Sony VAIO P, reasoning that many of the components used in that don't-call-it-a-netbook machine were the same as used in the VAIO X. Happily it installed quite merrily, though as expected the WiFi doesn't work. Where fixing that in the VAIO P is a case of taking out the wireless card and swapping in a different one, it's a more arduous task on the VAIO X since so much has been soldered into place in the name of space-saving.
While we always enjoy the post-launch teardown photosets that spring up following a particularly noteworthy piece of hardware, sometimes we wish there was an engineer to hand to tell us whether what we're looking at really is all that impressive. TechOn did just that with Sony's indecently-skinny VAIO X, in a seven part hands-on and teardown that pits an unnamed engineer - who, from the sound of it, works for a rival OEM - against Sony's ingenuity. In case you hadn't guessed, the VAIO X really is a masterpiece of manufacturing.
The Sony VAIO X super-slim ultraportable may be on sale in the US, but units actually reaching customers hands are still in short supply. That's why we turn to Germany for our unboxing edification, with NewGadgets.de doing the honors in stripping the half-inch thick notebook from its bulky packaging.