May 15, 2006 9:01 PM PDT

Sony trots out new PCs

Sony Electronics plans to put a full-size computer in your pocket while it jumps on the Blu-ray bandwagon.

The Japanese electronics giant is expected to take the wraps off two new products Tuesday. The first, the Vaio UX Micro PC, is an $1,800, 1-pound, pocket-size PC that runs Microsoft's XP Professional operating system. It will be available in July.

Sony Vaios

Depending on which wireless connection is needed at a given moment, UX users can switch between WLAN for Wi-Fi, WWAN for EDGE and Bluetooth for information exchange.

The UX also has a digital camera for pictures and a video camera for video conferencing. It has a fingerprint sensor for biometric login in lieu of passwords. The 4.5-inch screen slides up to reveal the Qwerty keyboard.

The second new product, the Vaio AR notebook computer, comes in two flavors with very different price tags. The wide-screen Vaio AR Premium can be used to record, edit and share Blu-ray disc content, as well as directly record from a camcorder in 1080p HD resolution. The cheaper version of the notebook, the AR Standard, costs $1,800, but does not offer Blu-ray capabilities.

In March, Sony released a Blu-ray enabled desktop for $2,300, and in November 2004, it unveiled the Vaio U, a PC-personal media player, for U.S. customers for about $2,000.

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Very nice. Apple?? Sony seems to think these will sell! Why don't you?
Very nice. Apple?? Sony seems to think these will sell! Why don't
you?
Posted by CentrOS (126 comments )
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Are the rootkits preinstalled?
I used to be a hugh Sony fan. The only way they will get money
from me again will be to sell tickets to their going out of business
sale.
Posted by rcrusoe (1305 comments )
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exactly
My thoughts exactly. Why would anyone buy a computer from this distructive corporation?
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