Apparently having just one X series product range wasn't satisfying enough for Sony. So here's another: the Vaio X series -- one of the thinnest, lightest 11.1-inch laptops we've ever held in our hands.

Sony's keeping its lips tightly sealed with regards to the machine's specs, but we know it'll run Windows 7 Professional, has an LED-backlit screen with a built-in camera, an integrated 3G modem and weighs a staggeringly tiny 680g -- almost half the weight of Sony's old 11.1-inch TZ series ultraportable.

All this is encased in a ludicrously thin carbon fibre chassis -- so thin, in fact, it actually bends. But there's a distinctly premium feel about it, helped in part by a dazzling high resolution display, and a compact, but intelligently laid-out keyboard. Typing was comfortable, though the trackpad was far too obnoxiously miniature for our liking.

Around one side you get Ethernet and VGA ports, to the other, a couple of USB holes and a headphone socket. No sign of a card reader unfortunately, or indeed the crucial price tag. Knowing Sony though, it'll be a costly little machine aimed at men who get driven more than they actually drive. We're expecting something upwards of £1,500.

But we'll find out a cost soon, because you'll be able to start ordering in the next couple of weeks we hear. Windows 7 doesn't launch until October 22 though, so don't anticipate the postman delivering your thin-and-light gift to yourself before then. More pics in the gallery over the page to tide you over in the mean time.

Showing off how thin the screen is.
Ludicrously thin, but robust despite its bendiness.
Here's the keyboard, but you knew that.
The tiny little trackpad.
Some holes for shoving stuff in.

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