The new Sony VAIO Z and Y series laptops will be able to deliver MiFi-style mobile Wi-Fi, connecting to the Internet via 3G and extending the connection to nearby Wi-Fi devices.
Sony calls its version of MiFi “Share My Connection”, and it uses the Sony VAIO Z and Y series laptops’ built-in 3G modem, along with the ability to create a private, local Wi-Fi network for up to five further gadgets to get online. That means you can connect your smartphone, handheld games console, iPod Touch, iPad or Wi-Fi equipped camera to the Internet without having to hunt down the nearest hotspot. Basically, you have your very own mobile hotspot.
While the Sony VAIO Z and Y series laptops (which are both 13.3-inch models) aren’t quite as portable as the palm-sized MiFi gizmos offered by the likes of Three and T-Mobile, it sounds like a pretty handy feature for us. Share My Connection will be available in partnership with the Verizon network in the US, and while no UK plans have been revealed, we’ve contacted Sony to see if anything is in the works. We’ll let you know what we find out.