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Sony Vaio X is World's Lightest Notebook

Say what you want about Vaio notebooks, but one thing you can't deny is that they have style. Sony today announced what it claims to be the world's lightest notebook – the Vaio X series.

The X series features a lightweight carbon-fiber chassis, helping its starting weight of 1.6 pounds (with standard battery) and a thickness of just over a half-inch thin. It has a 16:9 11.1-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution, which Sony says is scratch-resistant.

The unit’s touchpad features a multi-touch functionality for zoom in and out, pictures flipping, rotate items clockwise and counterclockwise, and scroll vertically and horizontally.

The X Series also integrates wireless 3G Mobile Broadband from Verizon Wireless, but of course a subscription is required. One rather unique feature in the space is real-time GPS functionality for mapping, which will support the United States or Canada right out of the box.

For storage, the X Series incorporates a solid state drive in either 64 GB or 128 GB capacity.

As for the CPU, Sony lists a 2 GHz Intel processor, but upon further inspection, we're fairly sure that it's an Atom on an Intel chipset. Sadly, that means no fancy GPU, but we suppose that asking for an Nvidia Ion in this thing would be like asking for perfection.

The standard battery will power the machine for up to 3.5 hours, which isn't bad, but the super-extended capacity battery will run for up to 14 hours. The best news is that the Vaio X will ship with both batteries in the box. Of course, the super extended battery will expand the size of the notebook, but all-day computing does have its price.

The Vaio X Series notebook will come in two colors, black and gold, and start at about $1,300.

  • 1raflo
    this thing will be so overpriced for sure... sony is the apple of the pc sellers
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  • coonday
    Thin notebooks are so 2008.
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  • tayb
    I see what they did there. Called it a notebook instead of a netbook. I wonder what the lightest netbook is?

    I've seen larger "netbooks" than this. The naming scheme is getting really out of hand.
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  • ice_mountain_
    luxury is a different market
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  • duckmanx88
    so its basically a $1000+ netbook. i just don't understand companies anymore.
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  • thackstonns
    duckmanx88so its basically a $1000+ netbook. i just don't understand companies anymore.
    I do. Sony still has name recognition from when they were a good company. So they can throw together 200 bucks worth of netbook parts, throw in some carbon fiber and charge all the morons triple what it is worth.
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  • virtualban
    taybI see what they did there. Called it a notebook instead of a netbook. I wonder what the lightest netbook is? I've seen larger "netbooks" than this. The naming scheme is getting really out of hand.That's why they did not like the UMPC term, because it has to be confusing between net and note books.
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  • virtualban
    Just noticed: The girl in the picture keeps the n*tbook at an inappropriate screen angle for viewing. Is reflection on the screen so bad?
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  • pug_s
    Unlike most people, Sony caters to customers where price is not the main concern.
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  • Brainbent
    From the site:

    Intel® Atom™ Processor Z550 (2GHz)
    Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
    Features: 11.1" LED backlit LCD, 2GB RAM, 64GB SSD, GPS, Verizon Broadband, Bluetooth, Standard and Extended Batteries
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