Sony Vaio X gets official: Atom internals & $1,299 price

October 8, 2009 at 8:53 am

Sony Vaio XThe truly desirable 11.1-inch Vaio X has now been officially announced by Sony. The waters are increasingly being muddied as to what defines a netbook or notebook, but Sony refers to it as the “world’s lightest notebook”. Not a surprise since they don’t even refer to the Sony Vaio W as a netbook.

The Vaio X is due to come in a number of hardware options. The most powerful option includes a 2.0GHz Z550 Intel Atom processor, although 1.6GHz Z530 & 1.86GHz Z540 options are also expected. Storage will be catered for by 64GB/128GB SSDs. Windows 7 options include Home Premium & Professional.

Sony Vaio X

The Vaio X weighs just 655g in its lightest configuration and measures just 13.9mm in thickness. Despite the size of the chassis, the chiclet keyboard is only 75-percent of a full-sized keyboard. It includes a multi-touch touchpad with a number of gestures including scroll, flick, pinch and zoom. Other features include two USB ports, Ethernet, VGA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (Draft-N), audio jacks, a SD & Memory Stick card reader and webcam. The device also includes integrated 3G.

Sony Vaio X

The company claims that battery life should be good for around an impressive 8 hours. However, an extended battery can be purchased (adding 400g) to give up to 16 hours of battery life. You’ll be glad to know the extended battery adds bulk to the bottom rather than protruding from the back.

Sony Vaio X

Its stunning form-factor and carbon fibre design will be available in three colours (gold, black and premium carbon) when it releases globally on October 22nd. Pricing in the UK is still a mystery right now, but configurations in the US are expected to start at $1,299 that includes the 64GB SSD or $1,499 for a 128GB SSD.

Update: We now know that the Sony Vaio X will cost a mouth-watering £1,299 for the base model, rising to £1,899 for the 2.0GHz Atom version when it hits the UK. You’d better start saving now.

Sony Vaio X

Sony Vaio X


229 Responses to “Sony Vaio X gets official: Atom internals & $1,299 price”

  1. Bob said:
    October 8th, 2009 1:58 PM

    It’s perfect – unbelievably beautiful. With The X Series and Nokia’s 3G Booklet looking the way they do, we should expect a super premium sleek designer netbook OR small ‘light notebooks’ segment soon. I think I see a Premium Carbon with Gold Logo in ’em pics above – thats a masterpiece.

  2. Spence said:
    October 8th, 2009 2:28 PM

    Wot…no HDMI. Does that imply that the graphics capabilities are decidedly non-HD. If so that is a showstopper, especially for that kind of money.

  3. SpencerUk said:
    October 8th, 2009 5:33 PM


  4. Spence said:
    October 9th, 2009 8:28 AM

    £1899 in the UK are they mad…