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New hybrid Sony VAIOs on the horizon

by Alistair Lowe on 28 August 2012, 11:45

Tags: Sony (NYSE:SNE)

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Leaked images, obtained by Pocketnow, demonstrate Sony's new upcoming Sony VAIO Duo 11, a hybrid tablet-notebook which features what appears to be the full-fat Windows 8 operating system.

Sony VAIO Due 11

The device is reminiscent of the ASUS Eee Pad Slider, where a keyboard is physically attached and slides out from underneath to make the transition from tablet to notebook. Unlike the Eee Pad Slider, however, this device appears to be running an Intel CPU and Windows 8, given the presence of full Microsoft Office in one of the pictures.

Sony VAIO Duo 11 Full Microsoft Office

Appearing to aim at the professional market, images demonstrate a back-lit keyboard and a stylus, though it's not possible to distinguish whether this is a standard capacitive pen or not.

Sony VAIO Duo 11

We already know Samsung is gearing to announce its own hybrid product, possibly tomorrow. Likewise, we've seen some interesting offerings from ASUS in this department. The real question is, do our readers think that these products will offer the same appeal and functionality as Microsoft's self-branded Surface tablets? Or will Microsoft perhaps be able to ride on the wake of brand-power just like Apple? Let us know your thoughts!

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Well, I think it will come down to price and MS should have an edge there as they are making the OS! It also doesn't hurt that the surface seems to be really well designed. I see it as a postive overall because it can only push the other OEMs to spend time carefully considering their designs rather than just churning them out.
Wouldn't bother with windows 8 unless it is on a touch screen device.
Besides Sony is usually overpricing their products; not to say they don't make quality products.
Really cute and handy. However, I believe it's going to be on the pricey side…
Sony never gone for value for money,that's why I ditched their products long time ago. Unless there is great differentiation, there is very little reason to choose Sony. Sony has to remember the products they are getting into are now mainstream and becoming commodities as we know it.