Are Sony ready to enter the netbook market?
Sony don't do cheap - their name affords them a sufficiently inflated price tag, and always has. So what are the odds that they're about to jump on the current budget netbook bandwagon? Slim-to-none we'd say, but folk on the other side of the world are getting very excited about the company's latest email marketing.
Sony's Japanese website is currently showing a video for a "new VAIO mobile" due to launch soon:
The dimensions of the product aren't a million miles away from Sony's C1VN Picturebook, a small yet perfectly formed netbook-style laptop first available around eight years ago (and also the same laptop a Nigerian scammer nearly tricked me out of in 2005, continuity fans).
As The Register speculates, it's more likely that the new product is a revamped souped-up Picturebook than a genuine entry into the netbook market; nobody can envisage Sony putting a budget price tag on any kit wearing the VAIO badge. If the model is the height of a seven year-old, it's possible that within the package is a new PSP-style handset. We'll wait and see.