Sony Unwraps New VAIO Notebook
Sony has taken the wraps off its summer lineup of personal computers for the Japan market and with it unveiled the first VAIO model in its new TR range.
The new machine, which will be available first in June in Japan, is not likely to disappoint Sony fans. Its wide-screen display gives it a distinctive look and a long list of features and good networking support rounds off the machine, for which Sony says it is yet to decide on overseas launch plans.
The PCG-TR1 is based around Intel's recently launched
The display is a 10.6-inch wide-screen TFT LCD with WXGA resolution (1280 pixels by 768 pixels). Just above the display there is a small video camera. It can be used to snap pictures or works with Sony's bundled videoconferencing software although it has a relatively low resolution of 370,000 pixels, which means it can manage around VGA resolution (640 pixels by 480 pixels) quality.
To aid picture capture Sony has put a capture button to the right of the main display. It is one of four buttons placed next to the display; the others are volume up/down and a zoom button.
It weighs just over 3 pounds and measures 10.6 inches by 1.4 inches by 7.4 inches. Battery life for the standard pack is between 4.5 hours and 7 hours with the large battery pack providing enough power for between 7 hours and 10 hours, according to Sony.
Sony will put the PCG-TR1 on sale in Japan on June 7 for a price around $1,970.