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To be fair, this price is based on the current exchange rate of dollars to yen. Sony's new Vaio W will sell for 60,000 yen locally, roughly equal to what Toshiba and Fujitsu charge for netbooks sold in Japan, but more expensive than imports from Dell
Even so, Sony is positioning its netbook as a higher-end model. The new Vaio boasts a high-resolution screen and an oversized touchpad, making the device more closely resemble a traditional laptop.
But Haas may as well have been speaking to a broader industry trend, one in which netbooks stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their larger peers -- and occasionally steal sales from them. Sony apparently hopes to profit from this shift, and it's pricing the Vaio W accordingly.
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