Sony certainly has a respectable track record when it comes to designing innovative products that test new frontiers.
And the Japanese-based electronics giant is once again proving its knack for wading into unknown waters by prepping two next-gen notebooks: a Chrome-powered VAIO and a new hybrid PC.
Sure, the VAIO with Chrome OS seems impressive, but will it be worth the money?
Well, let's see.
Sony's plans to to launch a Chrome-based VAIO coincide with recent reports that another industry player, ASUS, is working on a Chrome OS notebook of its own.
Even though Sony's newest laptop has not yet hit the market, a look at the "leaked" specs of the Chrome VAIO provides a pretty good idea of what users can expect from this new offering.
First, Google's Chrome OS has largely stayed true to the search engine giant's minimalist principle in all its products. This is probably why the new VAIO can run on 1GB RAM, memory that current versions of competing operating systems would likely struggle with. I would consider this one up for the VAIO.
On dimensions, the VAIO with Chrome OS measures 11.6 inches. At just 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds), the new notebook will be light to carry.
It features a 768x1366 LCD screen and runs on the power-intelligent Nvidia Tegra 2 processor which generates an impressive 8-hour battery life.
Based on this, the ultra slim VAIO with Chrome OS is a device that can dovetail well with the average computer user's requirements and may be the perfect laptop for frequent travelers.
However, for power users like me that typically install large, energy-sipping applications, I can boldly state that the VAIO will not always measure up.
Other than that, the VAIO with Chrome OS is expected to have the standard laptop vanities - Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS - although insiders suggest all the features may not be enabled at the time of the product's initial launch.
Overall, this definitely seems like a great product from Sony but definitely may not be suitable for everyone.