It looks like Sony may be planning to launch a low cost ultraportable this fall. IDG reports that system maker Quanta, )which takes contract orders for PCs which are then sold under other brand names) , was showing off a computer based on the VIA OpenBook reference design at the WiMax Expo in Taipei. Under the system properties, Sony was listed as the manufacturer, but the Quanta rep would not go into any details (and quickly closed the laptop after this was pointed out).
According to PC World, the laptop sported a 1.6GHz C7-M processor. But the OpenBook design is actually built around the upcoming VIA Nano processor, which will as much as quadruple performance while keeping energy use low. It’s not clear whether the Quanta computer was showing a C7 chip simply because the Nano wasn’t ready to include in the prototype, or if the software simply mistook a Nano for a C7 chip.
[via UMPC Portal]