Vendor is struggling to meet VAIO P demand ? expects free supply by end of March

Sony warns of laptop shortages

Sony has warned of supply shortages for its VAIO P ultra-mobile PC until at least the end of March due to huge demand, despite its large price tag.

The device, which was unveiled at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show, is priced at £850 for the consumer version and £1,000 for the business model, but despite that, Sony has said that it is currently only able to supply around 50 per cent of orders.

"The products will start to ship next week and [both models] will be in short supply because the level of demand has been quite scary," VAIO business unit head Nicolas Barendson told MicroScope.

Sony has said that it is upping production and that it is hoping to be able to meet demand by the end of March to the beginning of April, with shortages ending thereafter.

"For the moment we are supplying 50 per cent of demand, it will free up probably around the end of March or early April because we are talking about increasing the production capacity," he added.

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