Sony recently announced plans to start selling what it claims is the world’s lightest laptop computer, dubbed “type G” Vaio.
The laptop will be available in Japan this December for about $1,881, Reuters reported
Oct. 31. It weighs in at 898 grams (just shy of 2 lbs.) and features a 12.1-inch LCD screen and 12.5 hour battery life.
Sony Senior Vice President Yoshihisa Ishida said at a recent press conference that the recent laptop battery recalls are expected to have little impact on the company’s personal computer (PC) operations, Reuters reported.
Just how “little” the battery recall will turn out to be remains uncertain. The headaches for Sony started August 14 when computer manufacturer Dell (News
) announced the recall
of 4.1 million laptop batteries made by Sony because of their potential under certain conditions to overheat and catch on fire.
Several other laptop manufacturers followed suit, including Apple (recall
of more than a million laptop batteries in late August), Toshiba (News
of 830,000 batteries Sept. 29), and Hitachi (recall
of 16,000 batteries Oct. 6).
As of October 19, the number of Sony laptop batteries recalled was estimated
at 9.6 million.
Sony may be hoping that its latest Vaio laptop will help overcome the losses incurred by the battery recalls. The company has set a goal of selling 4.2 million units of Vaio PCs between now and March, 2007, Reuters said.
This latest laptop is part of Sony’s bid to boost its presence among Japanese business users, XINHAU News Online
said in a report
Friday. Sony has no current plans to offer the laptop overseas.