New Sony mini notebook to feature digital camera

New Sony mini notebook to feature digital camera

Sony plans to launch a mini notebook with a built-in camera that will hit store shelves in Japan in roughly one month, officials said yesterday.

Kunitake Ando, president of Sony's Information Technology Company, did not provide many details on the features of the machine, however one key feature is the unit's movable, built-in camera that can be used to take digital still images or video, he said.

The unit will likely be launched in Japan within a month. However, overseas shipment plans are still being decided, Ando said. The Sony mini notebook has about a 9in screen and is slightly larger than Toshiba's Libretto mini notebook, he said.

"Competition is welcome so long as it broadens the market," Ando said of the Toshiba machines. "If they come to our fighting arena we will change the arena again . . . we are very proactive."

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