Sony Electronics has introduced the VAIO UX Micro PC, a product that places full-size computer performance in a pocket-sized package. Weighing just over a pound, the new PC has a Microsoft XP Professional operating system and an Intel Core Solo Ultra Low Voltage CPU as the platform to build upon.
The UX model also features a 4.5-inch wide SVGA screen that slides up to expose an integrated keyboard. This allows users to access familiar applications easily in the same way they would on a full-sized computer.
The pocket-sized PC also comes equipped with a stylus and Sony�s VAIO touch launcher for quick access to functions frequently used such as Internet access, e-mail, various computer applications, games and music.
The new computer incorporates Sony�s SmartWi technology, that allows users to toggle between wireless WWAN, LAN and Bluetooth technology for access to the Internet and e-mail.
While wireless LAN is available for Wi-Fi connections at home, office or hotspots and Bluetooth technology for peripherals, the WWAN built-in access provide connectivity to GPRS and EDGE networks. In the USA the VAIO UX can connect to Cingular�s EDGE network.
The UX model also incorporates two built-in cameras, one in the front for VoIP and video conferencing and another located on the back for taking photos. A VGA adapter is included to connect the PC to a projector.
Security is enhanced through an integrated biometrics fingerprint sensor, while an incorporated G-Sensor shock protection has been added to protect the unit�s hard drive, reducing the risk of data loss should it be dropped.
A docking station with three 2.0 USB ports, Ethernet, VGA, iLink IEEE-1394 interface and an AV output comes with the unit, making it easy to connect to peripherals like a full-sized keyboard, display and speakers when back in the office or at home.
The VAIO UX Micro PC will be available in July for about US$1,800.