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Sony Offers Vaio SSD Drive Option in Japan

Sony Offers Vaio SSD Drive Option in Japan

Sony has taken another step into the solid state drive market, announcing plans to offer a flash-based drive option in its Vaio Type-G (Japanese) lightweight business notebooks. However, for now the SSD drives will only be available via Sony Japan’s built-to-order service, and the company doesn’t have any plans to offer the drives to overseas customers. The SSD option will also be expensive, with customers forking over a nearly $550 premium (¥65,000) to use a 32 GB flash drive rather than a traditional 40 GB hard drive.

The Vaio Type-Gs were introduced last year, and sport a 12.1 inch screen, a 1.2 GHz Celeron processor, and a total weight of just 898 grams (that’s under two pounds). The solid state drive actually lightens the Type-G Vaio still further, shaving an additional 39 grams off is weight.

The Vaio Type-G is the first notebook computer from Sony with a solid state drive, although the company also put a 16 GB solid state drive into tits Vaio UX90 ultraportable, which it introduced nine months ago.

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