Sony VAIO W Landed in Singapore with Specification, Price and Press Release

Remember a few days ago, I blogged about Sony VAIO W? The press release is finally here. Just a recap, the Sony VAIO W is the first Netbook from Sony (although they mentioned that VAIO P is a netbook). It is under pre-order now and if you do it, you will get a free casing (worth S$49.90). Press Release after the break.

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Sony Debuts VAIO W Series As The Perfect Leisure Companion

The beautifully rounded VAIO W series is equipped with impressive high-resolution 16:9

(1366 x 768) screen for multimedia and web experiences

(Singapore, 30 July 2009) – Sony Singapore unveils its new mini notebook, the VAIO W series, offering consumers easy portability and multimedia and web experiences wherever they are. Beautifully rounded and compact, the VAIO W series is perfect for use as a secondary notebook for surfing the web, checking e-mails, and social networking. Featuring a high-resolution (1366 x 768) and isolation keyboard, the VAIO W series optimises multimedia and web experiences for users at any place and time.

“The new VAIO W series mini notebook offers consumers greater freedom to surf the web and watch YouTube® videos at leisure,” says Mr. Takeo Kobayashi, Managing Director of Sony Singapore. “Sony prides our products on premium design and we are confident that our consumers will appreciate the stylish compact form factor of the VAIO W series and carry it wherever they go.”

An ideal web surfing companion

Enabled with Wi-Fi connectivity, the VAIO W series is an ideal companion for surfing the web and catching up with friends virtually. Built with a carefully designed touchpad and mouse keys, as well as well-isolated, springy and responsive keys, the VAIO W series is extremely comfortable for typing even after many instant messages and emails. Additionally, the mini notebook has a built-in webcam and microphone, allowing users to conveniently video chat with family, friends and colleagues.

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An ideal multimedia companion

Watching YouTube® videos on the VAIO W series’ is also an enjoyable experience with its 16:9 widescreen movie ratio. The high-resolution (1366 x 768), 10.1-inch wide, LED backlit display further complements users multitasking lifestyle by allowing them to comfortably view web pages while having a side window for chatting and widgets.

Bundled with exclusive VAIO Media plus software, the VAIO W series is able to provide easy access and management of photos and music files. Users can simply transfer photos from a digital camera or music from an MP3 player, to and from the VAIO W series, via the unit’s two convenient USB ports. Providing ample storage for songs, photos, and videos, a roomy 160GB hard drive is also included in the VAIO W series so users can save spare file copies to share with friends. Enabling easy and familiar operation, the VAIO W series comes pre-installed with Microsoft® Windows XP Home Edition operating system.

A stylish companion to carry around

Weighing only 1.19kg including the battery, the VAIO W series is light enough for both girls and guys to carry around. With its head-turning style and soft rounded edges, users will want to be seen with this stylish mini notebook that catches others’ attention easily. Available in three delicious colours of white, pink, and brown, the interior of the mini notebook is also lined with a subtle shade that accentuates and complements the exterior hue finishes. Tactile and visually appealing, the VAIO is designed with a dimpled palm rest that resists stains and finger prints, and a patterned touchpad that is smooth to touch. In addition, users who appreciate colour coordination will be pleased to know that matching mouse, pouches, and other accessories are available with the VAIO W series.

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Sony and the environment

Sony is consistently engaged in a review of our manufacturing operations and business practices to ensure products are developed in an environmentally responsible manner. The VAIO W series is ENERGY STAR® 5.0 compliant and incorporates eco-conscious features such as a mercury-free LED backlit LCD.

Pre-sales promotion and availability

The new VAIO W series mini notebook will retail at S$899.00 inclusive of GST and be launched in Singapore from mid August 2009. Pre-sales promotion offering the mini notebook with a free colour coordinated carrying pouch (worth S$49.00) is available from now until 12 August 2009, at Sony Style stores (except Changi Airport Terminal 3), Sony Centres and VAIO Pro Shops.

Optional Accessories

  • Colour Coordinated Carrying Case VGP-CPW1 – Suggested retail price: S$49.00
  • Colour Coordinated Mouse VGP-UMS30 – Suggested retail price: S$79.00

Specification sheet for VAIO W series

Series

VAIO W

Model

VPCW115XG/P,/T,/W

Processor

Intel® Atom™ Processor N280 (1.66 GHz)

Operating System

Operating System

Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition 32-bit (English Version) with Service Pack 3

Main Memory

Pre-installed/Max

1 GB DDR2 SDRAM (Max)

SO-DIMM slots

1 SO-DIMM slot (The pre-installed memory module uses one)

Hard Disk Drive

160 GB?(Serial ATA, 5400 rpm)

Graphics Accelerator

Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950

Dedicated Video Memory

?

Display

10.1″ wide (WXGA: 1366 x 768) TFT colour display

Interfaces

USB

High Speed USB 2.0 x 2

Network (RJ-45) Connector

10Base-T/100Base-TX

Display Output Connector

Analogue RGB, mini D-sub 15 pin x 1

Headphone

Stereo mini jack x 1

Microphone

Stereo mini jack x 1

Memory Stick Slot

Memory Stick Duo (Memory Stick PRO compatible, MagicGate compatible)

SD Memory Card Slot

SD Memory Card (SDHC compatible, MMC compatible)

AC/DC IN

DC IN x 1

Wireless Connection

Wireless LAN*7

Integrated Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11b/g/Draft n
?Data rate: maximum 11Mbps (802.11b)/54 Mbps (802.11g)/150 Mbps (Draft 802.11n)
?Frequency: 2.4 GHz (802.11b/g/Draft n)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth standard Ver. 2.1+EDR

Camera

Effective pixels: 640 x 480

Battery Life

Bundled Battery

VGP-BPS18  Lithium-ion battery: up to 2.5 hours of use

Dimensions (W x H x D) (approx.)

267.8 x 27.5-32.4 x 179.6  mm

Weight (approx.)

1.19 kg (including the supplied battery)

Included Software

Video Playback: WinDVD for VAIO
Home Network: VAIO Media plus
Word Processor/Spreadsheet: 60-Day Trial Version of Microsoft® Office Professional 2007*11
Tool: Roxio Easy Media Creator, Adobe® Reader® 9, McAfee PC SecurityCenter 30-day Free Trial*12
Utilities: VAIO Control Center, WebCam Companion, Magic-i™ Visual Effects
Support: VAIO Recovery Utility, VAIO Update

Supplied Accessories

AC Adaptor (VGP-AC19V39) ? Lithium-ion battery (VGP-BPS18)

About Sony Singapore Marketing Company

Sony Singapore Marketing Company is responsible for the marketing and sales of consumer products in Singapore, as well as for broadcasting and professional products in Singapore and several countries in the region. It also handles export business for consumer products from Singapore to various parts of Asia. Since establishing our presence in Singapore in 1973, we have grown steadily over the years to become a leader in the consumer electronics market. For more information on Sony’s products and services in Singapore, please visit http://www.sony.com.sg/