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Sony launches Vaio P update running Windows 7

New Sony netbook includes GPS and accelerometer

Sony Vaio P Series Windows 7 netbook - pink - with GPS and accelerometer

Sony has announced an updated version of its ultra-portable PC, the Sony Vaio P Series, which features GPS and an accelerometer, and runs Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system. 

The original Vaio P Series was launched at CES 2009, and Which? tested its performance in our netbooks review

Sony claims that the Vaio P’s size is perfect for mobile computing, saying it’s ‘smaller than a notebook and smarter than a smartphone’.

The Vaio P has an 8-inch screen, a touchpad on the right of the screen and mouse buttons on the left. The built-in accelerometer lets you flip or tilt the Vaio P to navigate through web pages or read documents. 

There’s also built-in GPS on board, which is coupled with Sony’s Vaio Location Search software. The company claims that this will offer a real-time map view outisde the traditional web browser running services such as Google Maps. Sony says that Location Search will show map position, orientation, nearby points of interest and local weather conditions.

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Sony Vaio P upgrades from Vista to Windows 7

The Vaio P’s processor has been updated to a faster Intel Atom ZS60, which should make Windows 7 Home Edition on the new P Series run more smoothly than its predecessor which ran Windows Vista. The new model retains the original P Series’ 2GB Ram and 64GB flash drive.

The Vaio P’s weight is also unchanged, at 632g including the supplied battery. Connectivity includes ‘Wireless n’ wi-fi, Bluetooth 2.1, 3G up to 7.2Mbps, and two USB ports. 

Pricing for the Sony Vaio P is yet to be confirmed but, since the original Vaio P launched, netbooks have dropped in price, and tablet PCs such as Apple’s iPad have entered the arena. Having launched at around £700, the original Vaio P is now available for £500, so we might expect to see its replacement priced similarly.

Sony Vaio P colour choices include in black, white, green, pink and orange.

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