Sony Announces a Pocket-Sized PC

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By: Ed Hardy
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Yesterday, a description of what was supposed to be the first Ultra Mobile PC from Sony appeared on the Web. Today this device was officially announced, and while most of the rumors on this device turned out to be correct, not all of them did.

The biggest discrepancy is the fact that, while this computer will run Windows XP, it won’t use the special version created specifically for UMPCs.

Nevertheless, this will still be a device capable of making many mobile computing fans drool.

For example, this model, which will be a part of Sony’s UX line, will have a 4.5-inch SVGA screen that can slide up to expose a QWERTY keyboard.

In addition, it will have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and — as if these weren’t enough — it be able to connect to Cingular’s high-speed cellular-wireless EDGE network.

Being the company that it is, Sony hasn’t forgotten multimedia support in this PC. It will have two cameras and a VGA adapter allowing it to be connected to a monitor or projector.

This UX-series model will also take security into account. A biometric fingerprint sensor will ensure that only authorized users gain access to the data stored on it.

Coming Home to Dock

While a very portable computer is great when one is traveling, it’s less wonderful while back at the office. Sony has attempted to make this a PC that can be used in both situations.

It will come with a docking station with three USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, a VGA port, and more.

Pricing and Availability

The mobility fans mentioned earlier who at this point are drooling over this computer should prepare themselves for some sticker shock. This device, which Sony is calling a Micro PC,  will be on the market in July for about $1,800.

It will be available from Sony’s web store and or at select retailers around the country.

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