Ultra Personal Computing in the Palm of Your Hand

Sony VAIO U-Series Notebook Combines Power of Full-size PC

With Portability of PDA

Nov 09, 2004, 00:00 ET from Sony Electronics Inc.

    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
 foldout keyboard.
     "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.
     Whatever, Wherever
     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, valerie.motis@am.sony.com; or Christopher Downing of
 Ruder-Finn/Switzer, +1-415-348-2733, downingc@ruderfinnswitzer.com, for Sony
 Electronics Inc.

SOURCE Sony Electronics Inc.