Sony has announced it will be releasing the VAIO U750 (VAIO VGN-U750P to be specific) in the U.S., this device was sold in Japan as the VAIO U70. This handheld notebook device offers a fully fledged Windows XP Professional operating system, Pentium M 1.0GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and unique touch screen input functionality and handwriting recognition, although it does not run the Tablet PC OS and there is no option for such a thing it does have Tablet PC like characteristics.
This device is the VAIO U50 sold in Japan, it has the same design as the VAIO U750 to be sold in the U.S.
Overall this is kind of a strange move for Sony to be making. They actually cancelled selling the equivalent VAIO U70 device in Japan due to poor sales. And anyone that knows anything about the Japanese electronics market as compared to the U.S. is that smaller always sells better in Japan while in the U.S. it is more of a niche high-end market. Either way, since the product has already been designed and produced they may as well give it a go in the U.S. Follow this link for a review of the VAIO U750 device: VAIO U750 Review
VAIO U750 next to the Dell Axim X30 PDA
One reason Sony might be making this move is to compete with the recently released OQO Model 01 handheld computer. Also, since Christmas is coming up the absolute earliest of the early adopters might be eager to buy a device such as this.
Sony VAIO U750 Specs
1.0 GHz Intel Pentium-M
|Operating System:|| |
Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2
5.0 inch 800 x 600 transmissive/reflective hybrid LCD on Intel 855GM video chipset with 64 MB shared memory
|Memory & Storage:|| |
512 MB DDR266 RAM, 20 GB 4200 RPM hard drive with 2 MB cache
|Size & Weight:|| |
6.6 inches long by 4.25 inches wide by 1.0 inches thick, 1.2 pounds (19.2 ounces)
USB 2.0, 4-pin FireWire, One Memory Stick Pro slot, One CompactFlash Type 2 slot
Included port replicator offering VGA-out, 4x USB 2.0, 1x DC-in, 1x 4-pin FireWire/iLink, 1x 10/100 Ethernet; included dongle offers Ethernet & VGA-out
Integrated 802.11G WiFi wireless networking, 10/100 Ethernet
Monaural internal speaker, 3.5mm audio output/headphone jack
11.1 volt 1800 milliamp-hour (20 watt-hour) standard battery; optional 11.1v 3600 mAh (40 watt-hour) extended battery
Touchscreen, 5-way directional pad, TouchStyk mouse pointer; optional USB keyboard