SAN DIEGO, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- At a shade over 1 pound, Sony's new
VAIO(R) U Ultra Portable PC, announced today, has the heart of a PC but the
soul of an entertainer.
Doubling as a portable media player, this "pocketable" PC allows you to
download entertainment content and enjoy it virtually anywhere you go.
Integrated 802.11 b/g wireless LAN connects you to thousands of hotspots
across the country and helps you stay in touch with the Internet, email and
your favorite digital content download services.
Multiple input modes contribute to the PC's extreme versatility. Using
the stylus and virtual keyboard on the unit's touch panel screen, you can
compose email messages or navigate files even while standing up. Handwriting
recognition software simplifies note-taking or annotating documents. Users
can also quickly launch programs or execute common commands with thumb-
controlled action buttons, or draft longer text files with the included
"The U-Series expands the usability of portable PCs beyond the realm of
even the lightest traditional notebooks," said Mike Abary, general manager of
VAIO PC marketing for Sony Electronics' IT Products Division. "It fits a
full-fledged Windows(R) operating system, Intel(R) processor and all the
entertainment capabilities that make it a Sony, into a 'go-anywhere' package
that's smaller than a paperback novel."
The unit's 5-inch display with XBRITE(TM) LCD technology brings movies and
photos to life with crisp, high-contrast playback. Memory Stick(R) and
Compact Flash media slots make it easy to import files or digital photos from
a variety of digital still cameras. With intuitive thumb controls, users can
change the display orientation on the fly, from landscape to portrait mode and
back, for optimal viewing of virtually any content.
Included accessories make the PC even more effective in a variety of
different environments. The inner-ear headphones and remote control make
digital music and movies a joy whether you're on a plane or on the run. The
mobile AC adapter, foldout keyboard and VGA/Ethernet adapter combine for an
ideal road package. At home, the port replicator facilitates charging while
connecting the PC to a variety of external devices such as a mouse, display,
hard drive and/or optical drive.
An Intel(R) Ultra Low Voltage Pentium(R) M processor and Microsoft(R)
Windows(R) XP Professional operating system ensure that the power and the
platform for general computing tasks exist on the VAIO U notebook. And
exclusive applications, such as SonicStage(R) software, allow users to take
maximum control of their digital content, reinforcing Sony's commitment to
The VAIO U Ultra Portable notebook will be available next month at
SonyStyle stores and other select retailers, as well as online at
www.sonystyle.com for about $2,000.
For further information please contact: Valerie Motis of Sony Electronics
Inc., +1-858-942-8016, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Christopher Downing of
Ruder-Finn/Switzer, +1-415-348-2733, email@example.com, for Sony
SOURCE Sony Electronics Inc.