Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony has decided to start offering a laptop with a flash drive in place instead of a hard disk drive, based on the continue popularity and greater capacity of flash drives. Sony VAIO Type G was first launched last year and is notable because it’s the lightest 12.1-inch screen-class laptop on the market with weight of just 898 grams. Right now, Sony is refreshing its lightweight VAIO Type-G laptop and has begun offering a solid-state flash drive as an option. Besides, the new laptop is going to replace the 40 GB hard disk drive with 32 GB flash drive to further lighten this machine by 39 grams.

The 32 GB flash drive \makes the Sony VAIO Type G the first laptop from Sony to be available with using purely flash memory to store data, with weight at only 859 grams. However, flash drive is more expensive than the traditional hard disks. Customers will see the price of a Type G jump by ¥65,000 (US $545) when they choose a 32GB flash drive over a 40GB hard disk drive, said Shoko Yanagisawa, a Sony spokeswoman in Tokyo.

This Sony VAIO Type- G is based on an Intel Celeron M 443 (1.20GHz) processor with the flash drive option will cost about ¥229,800 (US $1950). Other than lighter notebook, flash drive version users will have additional few benefits of flash drives when compared over the hard disk drives, including faster data read and write times, greater shock resistance and lower power consumption (can get extra half-hour of battery life which allows usage up to 12.5 hours).

Unfortunately, Sony have no current plans to release the flash-drive Sony Vaio Type-G outside of Japan. This machine will be available exclusively through Sony’s build-to-order sales channel in Japan.