Sony announces 'world's lightest' notebook

— 11:25 AM on November 1, 2006

Despite its current woes, Sony still has the ability to crank out some neat products. The company has announced a new 12.1" notebook it says is the lightest in the world. This claim may be unsupported, but the new Vaio G's weight of 889 g (1.98 lbs) is nonetheless extremely light.

At 889 g, the Vaio G packs a 12.1" 1024x768 display, a 1.06GHz Intel Core Solo U1300 processor, 512MB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive, 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a fingerprint reader, and a battery that can keep the machine running for up to six hours. Users will also be able to opt for slightly heavier models with a 1.2GHz Core Solo U1400, 60GB hard drive, and up to 12.5 hours of battery life. Sony will make the machine available in Japan on December 2 starting at ¥215,000 ($1,837) for the base model and going up to ¥245,000 ($2,093) for pricier variants. Thanks to Engadget for the tip.

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