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Sony laptops are also mobile hotspots

MiFi-a-like WiFi for Vaios
Fri Jun 18 2010, 15:29

JAPANESE ELECTRONICS GIANT Sony is putting mobile hotspot technology that acts like MiFi into its Vaio Z and Vaio Y series laptops.

The company is using an integrated wireless technology it calls Share My Connection (SMC). This makes the laptops double up as roaming hotspots for up to five other networked devices like mobile phones, MP3 players and cameras.

The Vaio Z has a carbon fibre and aluminium build, a 13.1-inch high-resolution LED backlit widescreen display and seven hour battery life. If you want an Blu-ray optical drive you'll have to pay extra for it.

The Vaio Y is, you know, for kids, and Sony is selling it in a range of colours. That has a 13.3-inch LED backlit widescreen display and a thin 1.2-inch profile.

We spoke with Sony to see if it has any plans to sell these models in the UK. However, Sony told The INQUIRER that the deal is only available in the US with Verizon at the moment. The MiFi-a-like tech is also subscription only so you have to sign up to use it. So no great loss for the UK, then.

The Sony Vaio Z series laptop is on sale now in the US for £1,300 while the Y Series model is priced at £520. µ


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