Sony shows off at CES with world's lightest notebook

LAS VEGAS Thu Jan 8, 2009 3:49pm EST

1 of 2. Journalists try out a Sony P Series Lifestyle PC during a media preview at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 7, 2009. The computer weighs only 1.4 lbs and is expected to be available next month with a retail price of about U.S. $900. The consumer technology trade show begins January 8 and is expected to attract 2,700 exhibitors and 130,000 attendees.

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LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp plans to launch the world's lightest 8-inch notebook PC, taking aim squarely at a rapidly growing market for ultra-portalbe personal computers.

The new Sony Vaio PC will come with Microsoft Corp's Windows Vista operating system, supporting all the software programs found in full-sized notebooks, and sell for about $900, setting itself apart from Netbooks.

Netbooks, pioneered by Taiwan's Asustek in 2007 and one of the rare bright spots in the electronics industry in recent months, are generally described as low cost, mini-laptops optimized for Internet use, and sell typically for $300 to $400.

Sony said on Wednesday the new notebook, weighing 1.4 pounds and as thin as a mobile phone, will be available for pre-orders on Thursday and be sold at major retailers in the United States beginning February.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

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