Sony has updated its Vaio P series of ultraportable notebooks, an in addition to gaining a built-in accelerometer (so users can shake and flick their way through things), the new Vaio P features a new two-handed pointer design that builds the mouse right into the unit’s bexel for two-handed operation while standing or walking. Plus, the Vaio P will come with a built-in GPS, weigh just 600 grams (about 1.3 pounds), and come in five fashion-friendly colors.
Sony says the new Vaio P is designed to be easy to use when standing or walking: there’s a central trackball, but the edge of the LCD display features additional touchpad and mouse buttons for two-handed operation with the thumbs while holding the unit.
The Vaio P is also Sony’s first notebook with a built-in GPS receiver (and new Vaio Location Search software that can load maps without launching a Web browser). The unit also features built-in 3G connectivity and a built-in accelerometer so users can flick and shake their way through images and pages, as well as automatically flipping the unit between portrait and landscape mode. The Vaio P will feature a 1,600 by 768-pixel LED backlit screen, an Intel Atom processor (either a Z530 or Z560, depending which unit). The Vaio P will feature Windows 7 32-Bit, a 64 GB SSD drive, and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity. The units will also be available in five colors: black, white, and very bright versions of green, orange, and pink.
The main issue with Sony’s Vaio P ultraportable has been pricing, and Sony has says the new Vaio P’s will be on sale for “about $800,” which is about $100 less than the current models but still not quite pocket-change money. But if the ability to have a super-small Windows-running computer—now with GPS and 3G—is important, the Vaio P may deserve some attention. Sony says it will be on sale in June.