More details of Sony's new laptop revealed

Another day, another Sony laptop specification revealed? At the beginning of this week, Sony New Zealand began a teaser campaign for a new Vaio laptop. That was followed by Sony Japan on Wednesday, which offered a visual clue to the new machine, and Sony U.S. on Thursday apparently let the laptop's specifications out of the bag.

Expectations for the new laptop began in early December after an image of a laptop appeared in a on the Federal Communications Commission's Web site. The machine was identified as the PCG-1P1L and the few details available indicated it will offer cellular as well as Wi-Fi connectivity.

At the beginning on this week, Sony New Zealand -- in a campaign that has since been removed from the company's Web site -- started promoting a "revolutionary" Vaio laptop that will be revealed on Jan. 9 in the country. That works out to just a few hours after Sony CEO Howard Stringer is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 8.

On Wednesday, Sony in Japan started a new Vaio laptop and offered a better idea of the machine's design - a compact laptop that could fit in a woman's purse.

On Thursday a on Sony's U.S. shopping site, SonyStyle, offered details of a Vaio P laptop. Sony used the "Vaio P" name back in 2003 for a desktop PC but at present it doesn't offer any machines under that name.

The computer, according to the site, has an 8-inch LED backlight screen with 1,600 pixel by 768 pixel resolution. Other snippet,s including a 1.33GHz Intel processor, Vista Home Premium or Home Basic, and the choice of a hard-disk drive up to 60GBs or a 128GB solid-state disk (SSD).