- Sep 3, 2007
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Sony has entered the netbook market with the Vaio P range of laptops Photo: AFP
rega dalam rm3 lebey kotSony has launched an ultra-portable "netbook" computer, aimed at people who want to be able to surf the internet, edit documents and check their emails on the go.
The Vaio P range of laptops weigh just 618g, have an 8in screen, and are small enough to fit inside a business envelope. They can get online via wireless internet hotspots or using the 3G mobile phone network, come with 2GB of memory and up to 128GB of storage, and offer around four hours' battery life.
However, consumers will have to pay a premium for such diminutive proportions. The Vaio P laptops will cost around £849 when they go on sale in the UK next month, almost four times as much as some other netbook computers, such as the Asus Eee PC, which sell for around £200.
The launch of the Vaio P Series range of computers marks a significant change in direction by Sony, which last February warned that the growing trend for netbooks risked squeezing the industry's already-tight profit margins.
"If [netbooks] start to do well, we are all in trouble," said Mike Abary, Sony's senior vice president of the IT product division. "That's just a race to the bottom."
Nonetheless, consumers have been snapping up netbook computers in recent months, viewing them as an inexpensive way of getting online when they're away from their home or office computer.
Some gadget experts have warned that the premium price tag could be too much for many consumers, with technology blog Engadget calling it "tiny but pricey".
The netbook market is expected to grow by 80 per cent this year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.