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Netbook sales are predicted to increase by up to 300 percent this year and Sony is looking to snare some of the action with its Vaio P Series Pocket Style PC. Offering instant email and net access in a notebook the size of a business envelope and weighing just 594 grams with flash memory (around 20 grams more with hard disk drive), the ultra-portable offers an 8 inch 1600 x 768, LED backlit widescreen display that allows two full web pages to be viewed side by side. There’s also an extended version of a QWERTY keyboard to help minimise the typing errors typical to smaller form factors.

Two models will be released by mid-2009, and with the ability browse several web pages at once, play HD video and watch stutter-free YouTube video the unit with the faster processor is the one to get. Don’t expect characteristic sub-$500 Netbook pricing though; these teeny high-spec notebooks will set you back between $1,500 and $2,500.

Sony Vaio P Series Pocket Style PC