Sony to release new Chromebook -

While the world and its dog focuses on Intel's Ultrabook, Sony does not seem to have forgotten Google's own efforts at a slim PC standard.

According to the FCC,  Sony has applied for permission to sell a Sony Vaio VCC111 which uses Google's always on Chromebook system.

The 11.6-inch laptop has HDMI and USB 2.0 ports and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It is missing a Windows key  which indicates that it won't be running any Voleware. Apparently the manual also refers to Chrome OS.

ZDnet thinks that the machine is probably going to be powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor which would improve the Chromebook idea from the original Atom-based Chromebooks which have been seen so far.

Not only does the Tegra 2 have better battery life, it also would have better graphics which means that the VCC111 can be used as an internet media machine.

Acer and Samsung have released Chromebooks, and with Ultrabooks on the up many had forgotten about the Google standard.

They tend to do a bit better in areas such as education and for companies which rely on the cloud but they have not really taken off anywhere else.

The laptop should be available for sale in the next few months. Industry whispers suggest it should be sold at around the same price as a Samsung Series 5 3G which costs US$420.