CES 2009 – Sony unveils VAIO P-series - the high-end netbook

Apple may have failed to deliver its rumoured netbook, but Sony used its CES press conference to fill the gap for high-end ultraportables for style ju

Apple may have failed to deliver its rumoured netbook, but Sony used its CES press conference to fill the gap for high-end ultraportables for style junkies.

The new VAIO P Series comes in four colours, and is the world's lightest 8in laptop (although sharp-eyed readers will note that most netbook screens are either 7 or 9inches, so that doesn't leave a lot of competition).

The P Series is also one of the world's most expensive netbooks, with an expected street price of around £850 i the UK (or a more palatable $900 in the US). In either currency this seems expensive compared to rivals from Acer and Asus - but you're paying for more than a name.

For a start the build quality of the P series is fantastic. The laptop is feature-packed, too - Sony has managed to cram 1600x768 pixels into the ultra-wide 8in screen, along with a GPS receiver and 3G modem.

Processor details are unclear, but the P series will ship with Windows Vista - so it better have a bit of oomph.

There's also a quick-start feature that launches into the cross-bar browser familiar to PlayStation - and now Bravia - owners.

While the Sony P Series is unlikely to trouble the low-end of the market, it provides an interesting alternative to the top-end ultraportables like Asus S101. Keep your eyes on the blogs for a full hands-on review and video of the Sony P Series laptop.

Other news from our CES 2009 Live Blog:

Live at the Sony Press Conference

Next gen Sony Reader is touchscreen

Full hands-on video of the Asus T91 Eee PC tablet

Windows 7 works on netbooks

Wireless charging on the way