Sony announces flash-based UMPC

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inRemember we told you about Sony’s UX micro PC last month? Well, the company has announced a slightly amended version of the Vaio UX, which drops the hard drive in favour of a flash storage unit.

What does it mean? Well, they’re certainly lighter, but with less capacity unfortunately, a drop to 16GB from 30GB. Apart from that, the specification is much the same – 512MB of 400MHz DDR SDRAM; a choice of 1.2GHz Core Solo U1400, 1.06GHz Core Solo U1300 or 1.06GHz Celeron M 423 processor; 802.11a/b/g/ Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 2.0; 4.5in, 1,204 x 600 display and Intel 945GMS integrated chipset. It’s available in either Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Pro versions.

With the flash drive, Sony reckons you get a much faster response time. For example, Microsoft Outlook loads in 1.5s off the flash drive, compare to 9s from the 30GB HDD. So a machine with a faster response against a machine with higher storage – it’s your choice, with prices for both models exactly the same.

Sony website

Via The Register

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Dave Walker