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October 8, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Sony unveils Win7 showstopper: world’s lightest laptop

Sony is announcing what looks like the flashiest new Windows 7 computer so far: A carbon-fiber laptop that’s only a half-inch thick and weighs 1.6 pounds.

The company notes that the Vaio Series X is “roughly the width of a cellphone.”

The Series X has a carbon-fiber chassis, 11.1-inch diagonal LCD display, solid-state hard-drive and a built-in 3G wireless radio.

It also has an aluminum keyboard frame, GPS and multi-touch touchpad, supporting gestures to zoom, flip, rotate and scroll what’s on the screen.

Mike Abary, senior vice president of Sony’s Vaio PC group, said in a release that the X Series is a “game changer — altering the way people use and think about their PC.”

Sony is taking pre-orders for the system, which will be in stores next month.

The Series X also lightens the wallet: Prices start at $1,300.

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Comments | Topics: Gadgets & products, Microsoft, PCs

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