Feeds

Sony revives mini PC line for UMPC era

But where's the Vaio UX series' touted HDMI port?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Sony will ship its Vaio UX UMPC on 27 May, the consumer electronics giant said today. The successor to the company's U series of handheld mini PCs will ship as the retail-oriented UX-50 and as the Sony-sold UX-90S and UX-90PS.

As expected, the UX-50 will contain a 1.06GHz ultra-low voltage Intel Core Solo U1300 processor backed by 512MB of 400MHz SDRAM and a 30GB, 4,200rpm hard disk. The unit's display is a 4.5in, 1,024 x 600 panel driven by Intel's integrated GMA950 GPU - the chipset's a 945GMS. The handheld PC runs Windows XP Home Edition. Connectivity comes courtesy of Bluetooth 2 and 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi. There's an integrated webcam and a fingerprint sensor.

sony vaio ux-50 umpc

The UX-90S has a 20GB hard drive and a choice of Celeron M or Core Solo U1300 CPU. The UX-90PS ships with Windows XP Pro in place of the Home Edition software and ups the processor spec to a 1.2GHz Core Solo U1400. It ships with a Bluetooth headset and an English keyboard; the UX-90S has a Japanese keyboard and no headset.

None of the machines appear to provide an HDMI port, though Sony is offering a cradle accessory that incorporates a d-sub connector for an external monitor, along with 10/100Mbps Ethernet, four-pin Firewire and extra USB ports. What was labelled as an HDMI in leaked pics of the device appears to be the cradle interconnect.

The unit weighs 520g, Sony said, and measures 15 x 9.5 x 3.2-3.8cm. The UX-50's battery provides seven hours' operation, the company claimed.

The UX-50 will retail for around ¥170,000 ($1,547/£819), while the UX-90S and US-90PS will cost ¥148,000 ($1,347/£713) and ¥190,000-210,000 ($1,729-1,911/£915-1,011), respectively. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?
Tip: Put the shades on and you'll look less of a spanner
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot
Latest cleaner available for world+dog in September
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.