It may cost a fair bit more than some of the MSI Winds and Dell Minis of the world, but the Sony VAIO P “lifestyle PC” is also meant to be a step above the rest of the netbook fold. Well, Sony Japan is stepping up to another level with the announcement of the new Sony Vaio P50. It’s an upgrade with a downgrade for an upgrade.
Confused? The first batch of Sony Vaio P
netbooks portable computers came loaded with Windows Vista. The beefier operating system worked, I suppose, but it could have certainly been peppier. To address this, the Vaio P50 actually comes with Windows XP SP3 instead.
This should help a little on the performance front, since XP is lighter weight than Vista. I anticipate that Sony will once again update its Vaio P lineup with Windows 7 when an official release of that OS becomes available.
Looking through the rest of the specs, the standard Sony Vaio P50 gets an Intel Atom Z520 (1.33GHz) processor, 1GB RAM, 8-inch 1600×768 display, 80GB hard drive, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, WWAN, SD/MMC slot, and two USB ports. You can upgrade to a 2GHz CPU and a 256GB SSD as well.
Prices start at $895 with your choice of green, white, or red. Look for the launch in Japan on June 6.