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Sony VAIO P Summer refresh tipped: faster Atom?

Sony VAIO P Summer refresh tipped: faster Atom?

According to the latest model numbers dug up by Sony Insider, it looks as though Sony are preparing six new variants of the "it's not a netbook" VAIO P ultraportable.  The codes - which jump from the 500-series of the current generation to a new 700-series - suggest the same array of color options, but also specification updates: VGN-P710T/B, VGN-P710T/R, VGN-P710T/G, VGN-P710T/W and the VGN-P730A/Q and VGN-P730T/Q.

Sony VAIO P benchmarks: 1.33GHz to 1.86GHz plus SSDs

Sony VAIO P benchmarks: 1.33GHz to 1.86GHz plus SSDs

Sony is still causing no amount of frustration among would-be VAIO P buyers with the various levels of configuration and the bemusing differences in availability.  Three processors have been employed - ranging from the 1.33GHz Atom CPU you can buy in the US, through the 1.60GHz version, and up to the 1.86GHz VAIO P that you'd have to source through importers if you wanted it.  Now there are finally benchmarks of all the different configurations (including SSD and HDD versions) to help decide.

Full benchmark results after the cut

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Viliv S5 gets unboxed, compared to VAIO P & Compal MID

Viliv S5 gets unboxed, compared to VAIO P & Compal MID

Since we're still waiting to hear when the Viliv S5 MID will land in Europe or the US, our unboxing joy will have to be achieved vicariously through photoshoots like UMPC Fever's.  They've managed to score one of the 4.8-inch touchscreen handhelds, and have photos not only of the unboxing but of the GUI, accessories and even a few group shots with the Sony VAIO P and what looks to be Compal's MID.

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Sony VAIO P gets Apple OS X Leopard hack

Sony VAIO P gets Apple OS X Leopard hack

Details are scant right now, but if this image is to be believed somebody has got OS X Leopard running on the Sony VAIO P.  The picture, which was flagged up on the Pocketables forum, shows the compact "I'm not a netbook!" ultraportable using the Apple OS, although apparently not everything is fully operational.

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Sony VAIO P gets Windows XP tutorial: GPS & WWAN both working

Sony VAIO P gets Windows XP tutorial: GPS & WWAN both working

We've already discussed on way of getting more performance from the Sony VAIO P this morning: stump up for an imported 1.86GHz Atom Z540 version.  Of course, there's another way to make the most of the official US-spec 1.33GHz VAIO P, and that's get rid of bloated Vista.  Unfortunately switching to Windows XP isn't as easy as you might think, with the VAIO not wanting to offer the right drivers for WWAN and GPS.  Happily we now have a tutorial explaining how.

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Sony VAIO P 1.86GHz Atom Z540 video unboxing

Sony VAIO P 1.86GHz Atom Z540 video unboxing

One of the more frustrating aspects of Sony's VAIO P, at least in the US, is the sole 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor choice.  It was enough to concern us in our first impressions of the "not-a-netbook" ultraportable and, after benchmarks and real-world testing, enough to mount a sizable criticism in our final review.  Happily there are 1.86GHz VAIO P units available from importers, and one of those has landed with jkkmobile.

Unboxing and demo video of the 1.86GHz Sony VAIO P after the cut

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