We’re particular fans of the five eye-scorchingly bright colour options and cute smartphone-like dimensions. But it’s not just a looker. The fresh design approach is evident in its user interface as well.
Take, for example, the accelerometer, which offers tablet-style screen rotation. Plus there’s a baby touchpad tucked away to the right of the 8-inch widescreen display.
Meanwhile, the mouse buttons are located to the right of the touchpad for “two-handed operation while standing or walking”, according to Sony.
Using the accelerometer, you’re able to invert the screen 90 degrees. This could actually be a bit of a boon while you’re reading and makes the Vaio P a pretty natty e-Reader, all things told.
Elsewhere, Sony has tweaked its so-called lifestyle netbook with the addition of Windows 7 Premium, a 3G chipset (Intel Atom Z560 processor), a compass, 2GB RAM and built-in GPS support. You’ll also be able to buy them in 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB options, with staggered price points to match.
How far this is enough to mark the Vaio P out from its obvious competitors, such as Android phones and the soon-to-explode range of broadband tablets, is another matter. But Sony seems confident enough that it’ll find market. Not least because it’s landing in June. That’s the same month that the Apple’s iPad makes its debut on broadband deals in the UK…