Unlike other netbook vendors, Sony doesn't seem to be trying very hard to hit that value sweet spot. The original Vaio P netbook started at $900, and as Engadget reports, Sony has now unveiled another premium ultraportable: the Vaio X, which has an 11.1" display, a carbon-fiber body, and a purported weight of just 1.5 lbs.
The system is meant to have prodigious battery life, too. Engadget talks of an all-day battery that "will set the new standard for stamina." Sony settled on an Atom processor for the prototype, but the CPU choice for the final version of the laptop remains "far from decided." Perhaps Intel CULV hardware could make it in, although achieving the claimed weight and battery life with a Core 2 processor (even a single-core one) might prove a little trickier.
In any case, Sony expects to announce final specification in October and to have units on store shelves "about a week after Windows 7 launches." What about the price? That doesn't seem to be final yet, either, but Engadget quotes "less than $2,000." So, you know, this thing might just end up costing more than a MacBook Air—pricey even by old-fashioned ultraportable standards.