Report: Sony plans OpenBook-based laptop

— 10:18 AM on June 2, 2008

VIA's recently introduced OpenBook reference notebook design may be more widely adopted than its predecessor. Whereas the company's NanoBook only wooed the likes of Everex and Packard Bell, Sony may have its eyes set on the OpenBook.

According to PC World, Taiwanese contract manufacturer Quanta Computer displayed an OpenBook-based prototype system in its booth at the WiMax Expo in Taipei, Taiwan. The system ran Windows Vista Home Basic and was apparently usable by attendees, which led the site to make a surprising discovery:

A check of the laptop's properties confirmed the laptop is based on a 1.6GHz C7-M processor from Via and listed Sony as the manufacturer. When the existence of Sony's name on the machine was pointed out to a Quanta executive manning the booth, he quickly closed the properties window and declined to explain why Sony was listed as the manufacturer.

Quanta is the world's largest notebook contract manufacturer, so it'd be an obvious choice should Sony want to produce an OpenBook-based laptop. As PC World points out, Quanta's contracts often force it to stay mum about its customers, but it has to make notebooks under their names—hence the apparent hiccup at the conference.

The "Sony OpenBook" will reportedly start shipping in the third quarter.

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