Sony’s first ultra mobile PC makes its ME debut

Sony Gulf has unveiled a new addition to its Vaio series – the UX Micro PC, which the firm claims is the world’s smallest and lightest PC.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  July 5, 2006

Sony Gulf has unveiled a new addition to its Vaio series – the UX Micro PC, which the firm claims is the world’s smallest and lightest PC. At a press conference held today in Dubai, Dharmendra Lalai, senior manager of Sony’s IT marketing department stated, “ The Vaio UX is a convenient device that fits in the palm of your hand. It can be easily carried around and provides the same functionality as any home or office PC. We believe the UX will be very popular in the Middle East, especially with gadget buffs and mobile professionals.” The 517g UX boasts a 1.2HGHz Intel Core Solo processor and features Windows XP Professional. On the storage front, the device offers a 30Gbyte hard disk and 512Mbytes of onboard memory, which can’t be upgraded. This model also features a 4.5-inch WSVGA screen, which slides up to expose an integrated keyboard. At present, the Viao UX only boasts an English keyboard, however an Arabic keyboard ‘might’ be added in the future revealed Sony officials. Additionally, the pocket-sized PC is equipped with a stylus and Sony’s Vaio Touch Launcher software, which is designed to provide quick access to frequently-used applications such as e-mail clients, web browsers and games. WiFi and Bluetooth support is also present. For video conferencing, the UX model incorporates two built-in cameras- a 0.3-megapixel camera located in the front and a 1.3-megpixel camera for taking photos, which is located on the back. On the security front, the Viao is equipped with a biometric finger print sensor to prevent data theft. The firm has also added Hard Disk Drive (HDD) protection, which is designed to protect the unit’s hard disk and reduce the risk data loss if it is dropped. For adding peripherals such as a keyboard, monitor or speakers, the PC comes packed with a port replicator. This includes three 2.0 USB ports, an Ethernet and VGA interface, as well as an AV output port. In terms of battery life, the PC has a quoted battery life of 3.5 hours with a standard battery and seven hours with an optional higher-end battery. When asked if the UX would support Vista, Sony officials claimed it would, but stated that they couldn’t comment on which version of Vista it would support just yet. According to Sony, the UX Micro PC will be available in the region from tomorrow onwards for approximately US $2178 (AED 7995).

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