Portable computing, its the weight, stupid!

When it comes to computing, portability is critical to consumers. When it comes to portability, the weight lugged around turns critical. The lighter the better. And that's the advantage Sony Corp. is tapping into with the launch of world's lightest 8-inch notebook PC, taking aim squarely at a rapidly growing market for ultra-portable personal computers.

The new Sony Vaio PC will come with Microsoft Corp's Windows Vista operating system, supporting all the software programs found in full-sized notebooks, and sell for about $900, setting itself apart from Netbooks. The new notebook, weighing 1.4 pounds and as thin as a mobile phone, will be available for pre-orders on Thursday and be sold at major retailers in the United States beginning February.


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