Sony readying Eee PC rival

Way back in February, a loose–lipped Sony exec said the Eee PC and its rivals were in “a race to the bottom”. But with Asus’s

Way back in February, a loose–lipped Sony exec said the Eee PC and its rivals were in “a race to the bottom”. But with Asus’s dinky lappie shifting faster than GTA IV (well, nearly), the tech giant is backtracking, readying their own UMPC, based on the Via Openbook.

Currently seen kicking it at the Computex powwow way out East in Taiwan, the new laptop’s features have leaked out through Quanta Computer, who’ll be building the mini–monster for Sony.

Toting an Eee PC 901–matching 8.9in screen, it’ll pack a relatively weighty 60GB hard drive, a 1.6Ghz processor, 1GB memory, Wi–Fi and Bluetooth. It’ll run Vista Home Basic, a major shift away from the cheapo XP and Linux notebooks we’ve got used to.

The later version of Windows, coupled with the bigger hard drive surely means one thing – a hefty price. But seeing as it remains a prototype, any word on this is a long way off.

The details were all revealed thanks to one exec leaving a window with Sony’s details open on the demo machine. Looks like the tech giant is about to eat a huge slice of humble pie after slating the Eee PC.