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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS...IS SONY

Press release   •   Nov 11, 2009 09:00 GMT

The Sony product line up for Christmas 2009 features gizmos and gadgets for every loved one’s festive wish list. From sleek laptops and top of the range WALKMANs to stylish TVs and colourful, eye-catching cameras, Sony has an extensive range of gift ideas perfect for Christmas.

Network products – Laptops, desktops, Reader from Sony, WALKMAN

VAIO X Series – The world’s lightest notebook
The beautifully crafted VAIO X Series is the ultimate laptop for that special someone in your life. Weighing in at just 780g it is the world’s lightest notebook, but does not compromise on style or performance. The durable 11.1” X-black widescreen LCD with LED backlight technology gives a brilliantly detailed view of documents, web pages, videos and more. The extremely low voltage processor and power-efficient LCD panel mean a single charge can see you working throughout the day. This ultra-premium, ultra-slim notebook comes with a choice of three beautiful finishes: gold, black and premium carbon. For extended battery life, team your X Series VAIO up with the VGP-BPX19 extended LL battery, for up to 16 hours of computing on the go.

VAIO L Series – HD entertainment at your fingertips
Enjoy your photos, movies, documents and web browsing like never before with  the chic, space-saving VAIO L Series 24” touchscreen desktop PC. Simply touch, flick, drag and rotate your images, videos and music tracks using the LCD touchscreen. There’s generous disk space to store all your photos, videos, TV programmes and music. What’s more, you can enjoy games on your PLAYSTATION®3 and other consoles using the high resolution screen thanks to analogue video and HDMI inputs, whilst integrated 5.5W + 5.5W speakers and S Master Digital Amplifier technology deliver superior sound quality.

VAIO NW Series – Ease of access to the web
Do you get frustrated waiting for your computer to load when all you want to do is access the web? Simplify your online experience with the VAIO NW Series. The new WEB button makes accessing the internet quicker and easier than ever before, allowing users to browse the internet without fully booting up the computer. You can power through memory-hungry games, video files and high-res digital photos with ease thanks to the powerful Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor, 4GB of RAM and a roomy hard drive. Cameras, camcorders and external memory are simple to connect to the 3 USB ports and VGA for a flawless multimedia experience.

VAIO W Series – The most stylish window to the web around
A chic, eye-catching mini notebook, the VAIO W Series will also ensure you keep up to date with the latest news whether indoors or out. Weighing in at just 1.19 kg, it’s both stylish and easy to carry. Fully equipped with features such as Intel® Atom™ Processor N280, 160GB hard disk drive, 1GB RAM, Windows 7 Starter Edition, and Sony X-black LCD technology for vibrancy of colour, this netbook will deliver photos and videos in all the beauty that they deserve. The VAIO W Series comes in three colours – white, pink and gun metal brown. Take your music on the move with the SRS-M50 portable PR speakers, which make a great addition to the VAIO W Series.

VAIO P Series – Stunningly small and beautifully light
Weighing a tiny 638g and measuring just larger than a standard office envelope, the VAIO P Series is perfect for those on the move. It fits into a jacket pocket, yet it functions as a full size laptop and boasts 2GB of RAM, up to 128GB solid state hard drive and a vibrant 8-inch VAIO X-black LCD display, making photos and videos sharp and vivid.  The P Series comes in four colours - green, black, white and red.

Reader from Sony – Pocket Edition™
Sony has launched a new edition of the popular Reader just in time for Christmas – the Pocket Edition. Fitting easily into a handbag or jacket pocket, the Pocket Edition is a great gift for commuters. It sports a five-inch electronic paper display packaged in a stylish chassis, and is available in rose pink and silver finishes. The Pocket Edition can store approximately 350 standard eBooks and provides up to two weeks of reading on a single battery charge. 

Mills & Boon Reader Pocket Edition™ – for romantic Christmas reading
Especially for romance fans, Sony presents an exclusive limited edition model of the Pocket Edition Reader - the Mills & Boon Pocket Edition Reader comes in an alluring rose pink finish, along with a Proporta leather case with an embossed Mills & Boon rose logo on the cover. Each model comes pre-loaded with three Christmas-themed Mills & Boon titles – Snowbound: Miracle Marriage, Under The Boss’s Mistletoe and Christmas Betrothals – as well as a voucher to download ten further titles.

James Patterson Reader Pocket Edition™ - perfect for crime fans
Just in time for Christmas 2009, Sony announces the launch of an exclusive limited edition model of the Reader Pocket Edition for crime fans. The James Patterson Reader Pocket Edition contains the No. 1 Alex Cross novel ‘Cross Country,’ as well as selected excerpts from two upcoming James Patterson books. As if that wasn’t enough, it also features a letter from the author and a very exclusive voucher for a free download of ‘Worst Case,’ the new Alex Cross novel not due for publication until January 2010.

WALKMAN® X Series – serious about sound
For anyone serious about enjoying music, videos or photos on the move, the WALKMAN X Series is a must-have. Packed with the latest Sony audio and video technology, including a 3-inch OLED touch screen and built-in noise cancelling technology, it offers the ultimate personal entertainment experience and fits easily into your pocket. Wake up to the sounds of your music collection on Christmas morning with the new ICF-C8WM clock radio and WALKMAN dock – a great match for the WALKMAN X Series.

Exclusive Limited Edition Disney Hannah Montana WALKMAN® E Series
The must-have accessory for every little princess this Christmas is the limited edition Hannah Montana WALKMAN® E Series. Available in bright pink and adorned with everyone’s favourite double-life leading Disney sensation, it is slim and sleek, fitting perfectly into any handbag. All those Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus tunes will sound better than ever before, thanks to Clear Audio technology by Sony – and a single charge will keep you dancing to up to 30 hours of music. Videos, photos, album art and playlists will look better than ever before thanks to the generously-sized 2-inch screen. You can even accessorise the Hannah Montana WALKMAN with the MDR-E10LP headphones, which come in a range of colours including a matching pink.

WALKMAN® B Series – Brilliant for the active lifestyle
Perfect for today’s active lifestyles, the ultra-compact new WALKMAN B140 Series teams style and value with unmatched WALKMAN sound quality, and comes in a choice of black and Christmas red. Despite its tiny size, the WALKMAN B Series lets you enjoy a generous 18 hrs music playback time, which makes it a great choice for the gym. The B Series WALKMAN also simplifies music searches when you need to focus on other activities like sports using the ZAPPIN™, a unique Sony feature that plays a few instantly-recognisable seconds from within each song.

WALKMAN® S Series – Don’t keep those tunes to yourself
Don’t keep your favourite Christmas tunes to yourself. Share them in rich, stereo sound with the slim, stylish new WALKMAN S540 Series from Sony, which comes in a choice of two colours (black and red). The perfect choice for anyone who loves sharing their music, it’s the first ever WALKMAN video MP3 player that includes two high-quality integrated stereo speakers. If you want to keep your music private, listening on supplied headphones is enhanced with unique Clear Audio technologies from Sony for a dynamic, detail-packed soundstage. Listening options are also boosted by the on-board FM radio and there’s even a handy voice recorder that’s great for capturing college lectures and interviews or refining your own song ideas. The WALKMAN S540 gives up to an incredible 42 hours of listening time on headphones from a single charge, which makes it a great gift for travellers.
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Home – TVs, Blu-ray players, portable DVD players

Consumers can trade in their old television at participating Sony stockists in exchange for money off a new BRAVIA (up to £150). In addition, all new Sony BRAVIA models (26” and over) come with a three year guarantee. For full terms and conditions please visit www.sony.co.uk.

BRAVIA Z5800 – Get ready for the switch
The Z5800 is perfect for those people still needing to prepare for the Digital Switchover who don’t want to compromise on quality. The Z5800 comes with built-in Freesat, avoiding the need to buy a separate set-top box and reducing the clutter of wires around the home. With Freesat, users have access to over 140 TV and radio channels, including the BBC HD channel and ITV HD service, all without any monthly subscription costs. The 200Hz technology ensures smoother and clearer images for those action sequences and essential sports fixtures, and “Idle TV” mode means your TV will consume 25-30% less energy than previous comparable models.

BRAVIA S57 – Small but with a big personality
Perfect for any interior, this 19” LCD screen is lightweight, portable and a perfect addition to any bedroom or kitchen. Designed to suit every customer’s lifestyle, the BRAVIA S57 comes in an array of colours from Satin Silver to Pale Emerald, and comes complete with an integrated illuminated digital clock display. With handy built-in digital tuners to receive digital channels, there will be no need for a separate set-top box. 

BRAVIA WE5 - Show off those green fingers
Improve your eco credentials without compromising on picture quality. Inside the striking white cabinet design, this groundbreaking Full HD ‘green TV’ features a new backlight that reduces power consumption by over 50%. An Intelligent Presence Sensor switches off the picture when you leave the room to make a cup of tea or if you forget to turn it off. The new Energy Saving Switch cuts energy bills even further - flipping a conveniently-placed switch on the WE5 turns the set off completely. Switch back on again and the TV returns immediately to its previous state - a smarter, more convenient alternative to manually unplugging the TV when it’s not in use. Available in 40 and 46-inch screen sizes, and also available in black.

DVP-FX930 Portable DVD Player - Fast paced entertainment
Perfect for those who spend a lot of time on the move, the DVP-FX930 portable DVD player features a new nine inch High Resolution LCD Screen with twisting mechanism for flexible viewing. Featuring a six hour rechargeable battery and twin headphone jack with volume control, this is the ultimate mobile entertainer. It also ships with a headrest mounting kit for easy and safe in-car viewing for rear passengers.

DVP- FX730 Portable DVD Player – Let me entertain you
Travel in style with the DVP-FX730 – available in red, white, blue and pink, there is a colour to suit everyone. The seven inch LCD display and five hour rechargeable battery life make watching movies, music and photos via the handy USB port even more enjoyable.

BDP-S360 Blu-ray Player – Take movies to the next level
The BDP-S360 Blu-ray player offers a host of new and exciting features. Great pictures, stunning sound quality and the ability to access bonus content from the internet means users can experience movies as never before, all at an affordable price.  Full 1080p picture quality and 7.1 surround sound make the viewing experience unmatched, and there’s no need to throw out your existing DVD movie library – Precision Cinema HD Upscale technology converts standard definition DVDs up to 1080p, providing a near-High Definition experience. The BD-Live™ feature allows users to download and stream bonus content such as additional scenes, trailers and movie-based games.

BDP-S760 Blu-ray Player – Watch movies the way they should be
Perfect for every movie fanatic, the BDP-S760 allows users to view movies the way they were meant to be seen. Its wireless capability means that it’s even easier for users to access bonus content from BD-Live, as well as being equipped with HD Reality Enhancer smoothing the image tone and Super Bit Mapping ensuring incredible natural colour. BD-Live function enables users to experience the exciting possibilities of bonus online content available through streaming and downloading, such as director’s commentary and movie-based games. 

BDP-S560 Blu-ray Player – Combine both style and performance
The BDP-S560 comes fully Wi-Fi enabled, giving users easier access to all the extra online content on offer from BD-Live, such as movie-based games, trailers and director’s commentary, as well as making firmware updates effortless. Built-in DLNA certification also makes connecting the BDP-S560 to customers’ home networks easier than ever before.

BDV-E300 Home Theatre System – Intense sound for thrilling cinema quality viewing
Featuring a Blu-ray Disc and DVD player, 1080p upscaling of DVDs and BD-Live™ technology for downloading additional features and network updates, the BDV-E300 Home Theatre System is a complete entertainment solution. For powerful sound to enjoy the movie, 1000 watts of crisp audio and deep bass envelop for a remarkable, cinema-like experience. Expand listening pleasure through the included iPod® cradle and rock out to tunes in a big way.

S-AIR-SW10Ti – Take the music with you
The Sony AIR-SW10Ti is an easy-to-use, plug-and-play system that lets you enjoy your iPod music wirelessly throughout the home, using an iPod dock and two wireless speakers. The iPod dock is even capable of transmitting two signals simultaneously so that one speaker can play iPod music for the kids in one room, while the other plays an AM/FM radio station for Dad in another. Perfect for those who enjoy hosting parties in the home. 

Digital imaging products – DSLRs, compacts and digital photo frames

X and V Series Digital Photo Frames – Hold on to the best memories 
The new range of Sony S-Frame digital photo frames boasts best-ever HD picture quality plus fun, easy-to-use viewing features. With luxurious styling and a choice of screen sizes – you’ll find the perfect photo frame gift for any member of the family. Just slip in the media card from virtually any digital camera or connect a PC to transfer your photo collection.

MHS-PM1 HD Snap Camera from Sony - Share life’s moments online
The stylish MHS-PM1 Mobile HD Snap Camera from Sony makes it easy to capture and upload high definition videos quickly to the web, making it the perfect gift for the You Tube generation. The PM1 captures life’s moments in 1080/30p High Definition MP4 video and features CMOS Sensor technology to produce crisp 5-megapixel still photos. The compact, lightweight camera fits naturally in the palm and can be taken virtually anywhere, perfect for Christmas parties. Also it has a 270 degree rotating swivel lens, with 4x digital zoom, which flips over to let you see yourself while shooting video and taking photos.

Cyber-shot™ WX1 – Flagship compact camera for perfect pictures
The flagship model of the feature-packed Cyber-shot™ W series, the WX1 is the perfect gift for capturing Christmas, offering ease-of-use and impressive features. The camera’s premium Sony-engineered G Lens is complemented by its Exmor R™ CMOS sensor, which sets a new benchmark for compact cameras and offers excellent lowlight shooting capabilities; perfect for those late night Christmas parties. This camera also comes with a fun Sweep Panorama mode, which allows you to capture breath-taking panoramic scenes horizontally and vertically.

Cyber-shot™ TX1 – The picture-perfect party accessory
Available in five gorgeous colours - grey, sliver, blue, gold and pink - the super-slim Cyber-shot™ TX1 proves that eye-catching looks don’t have to compromise serious photo performance.  The perfect gift for your sister or girlfriend, it is also a feature-packed camera. Just 14.1mm** thin, it’s the first Cyber-shot™ T series camera that includes the Exmor R™ CMOS sensor for sensational imaging performance, even in low light.  Slim and effortlessly chic, the TX1 features a large 3" Clear Photo LCD Plus touch screen with an easy-to-use new touch interface as well as the fantastic Sweep Panoramic function.
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Sony Party-shot™ accessory – the ultimate Christmas party gadget
The brand new TX1 and WX1 Cyber-shot™ models (see above) can also transform into your very own ‘personal photographer’ with the optional Party-shot™ accessory. A world-first shooting concept, unique to Sony, Party-shot™ automatically takes happy, smiling, natural photos of your family, friends... and you. You don’t even have to touch your camera to get great results. By simply placing the TX1 or WX1 in a discreet docking base, the Party-shot becomes programmed to swivel and automatically take pictures at varying intervals of the party happening around it.

Handycam HDR-TG7E – World’s smallest Full HD camcorder to capture Christmas memories
Ultra-compact, light and beautifully styled, the Handycam® HDR-TG7VE is the world’s smallest, lightest Full HD camcorder, but its tough titanium body is packed with features such as GPS and 6 hours Full HD recording on the internal memory. The head-turning TG7 redefines the concept of ‘HD to go’. With stylish looks, smart shooting features and brilliantly simple operation, it’s perfect for capturing your Christmas memories and would make the perfect gift for any loved one.

Handycam HDR-XR520VE – The perfect travelling companion
For the perfect gift for a keen traveller look no further than the Sony XR520VE Handycam. The XR520VE is GPS-capable, allowing travellers and film enthusiasts alike the unique capability of tracking the location of their footage.  The integrated GPS means videos are plotted on Navteq-supplied maps on the Handycam’s LCD screen. It is also capable of storing up to 101 hours of footage, and features Sony’s super-sensitive Exmor R CMOS sensor that illuminates sensitive areas ensuring brilliant, low-noise images even in low light. You can enlarge the recording capacity for this Handycam by adding a Sony Memory Stick™ Duo to give you even more hours of filming fun! 

D-SLR α850 - A compelling step up to the creative possibilities
This is the perfect gift for the photography enthusiast in your life as it offers another level of shooting possibilities, bridging the gap between hobbyist and pro. At the heart of the D-SLR is a full frame 24.6 effective megapixel Exmor™ CMOS sensor that captures flawless, detail-packed images with vibrant, lifelike colours and fine textures. The camera can also be connected to your BRAVIA™ or any HD TV for a big-screen view of your shots to share with your friends and family. The new Sony SAL28-75mm F2.8 lens perfectly complements the newly launched α850.

Essentials – Headphones, iPod docking systems, alarm clocks, PC speaker systems

MDR-XB Series headphones – how low can you go?
Hip-hop? Dubstep? Drum’n’bass? Whatever you’re into, there’s a new range of headphones from Sony for music lovers with tastes that go a little deeper. The dramatically styled new XB series creates a heavy club vibe with rich, powerful bass you can really feel. Standing for “eXtra Bass”, the new XB range accurately reproduces ultra-low frequencies without compromising crystal-clear midrange vocals and high frequency sounds. Styling is as striking as the sonic performance; sumptuously crafted from synthetic leather, the king-sized ear cushion of the XB-500 and XB-700 headphones reduces sound leakage for booming bass with excellent sound isolation. The unique urethane cushion spreads pressure evenly, providing comfortable wear over extended listening periods. Complementing the king-sized ear cushion, a wide headband features a new ‘seamless’ design for cutting-edge looks plus extra wear comfort.

MDR-NC300D headphones – World’s first in-ear digital noise cancelling earphones
The stylish MDR-NC300D earphones are the world’s first to feature AINC (Advanced Artificial Intelligent Noise Cancelling) technology, which continuously monitors and analyses the surrounding noise levels to select the ideal anti-noise setting, resulting in a crystal clear music experience with an extraordinary 98.4% reduction in ambient noise. The earphones feature Sony’s exclusive S-Master Digital Amplifier technology and listeners can select from three different sound modes to fine-tune frequency response to suit your personal preference. The earphone’s vertical in-ear shape is designed to give maximum comfort, coming with 7 different sizes of soft silicone ear bud, whilst battery life is impressive as a single AA battery gives up to 20 hours of uninterrupted listening. The MDR-NC300D headphones are the perfect accessory for the NZW-B142F Walkman.

ICF-C8WM – Wake up to your favourite music
The ICF-C8WM is a multi-functional clock radio docking station that will charge your WALKMAN or Sony Ericsson phone while you sleep, and wake you up by playing your choice of music from either device. Or if you prefer, you can have your favourite radio station instead thanks to the built-in FM/AM tuner. Control is a breeze thanks to a simple interface and the omni-directional wireless remote. You can choose from three brightness levels for the display, whilst you can doze off and wake up with a sleep timer, a snooze timer and a dual alarm. Finally, if there’s a power cut, you will still get out of bed on time thanks to the NO Power NO Problem feature: an internal backup battery that ensures uninterrupted operation even if the mains goes down. Wake up to your favourite tunes by teaming the ICF-CWM with its perfect counterpart, the NWX-X1050 WALKMAN.

SRS-GD50iP PC speaker system – Sony’s first PC speaker system with dock for iPods and iPhones
The SRS-GD50iP PC speaker system is the first from Sony to include a dock for iPods and iPhones, allowing music lovers to enjoy Hi-Fi Sony sound whether they are using a PC or Mac. Music, movies and games all sound great with the speaker system as the dock, which is compatible with the iPod, iPhone, iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS, will also charge your iPod’s battery whilst it synchronises with the iTunes Library. There’s also a headphone jack if you want to enjoy your favourite sounds in privacy without disturbing others.

The full Sony Christmas Gift range is available now. See www.sony.co.uk for more information.

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