Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sony Vaio Duo 11 Windows 8 Slider PC

Sony has released a new Vaio model, call the Vaio Duo which is designed around Windows 8. At it's core is an a touchscreen 11.6-inch Full HD display which has an impressive 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. The display is mated to a keyboard which slides under the "tablet" for carry or use as a pure tablet.

Two models are available, both being powerful portables. The lower end model comes with an Intel Core i5-3317U, 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB flash drive all in a package weighing in at less that 2.8 pounds. The higher end model is powered by a more powerful Intel Core i7-3517U, 8 GB of RAM and a 256  GB flash drive. Sony promises 5 hours of battery life.

Both models have all the amenities you expect from a laptop (WiFi, HDMI out and USB 3.0) as well as a tablet (front/rear cameras and NFC). While all this is pretty impressive, at Php69,999 for the Core i5 models, which is the price of an iPad 4 16 GB plus a 11.6-inch MacBook Air 64 GB, I do not see too many of these selling in the Philippines. The the Core i7 model is priced at an even more prohibitive Php99,999.

Asus Android slider tablets did not do too well last year, will see if putting Windows 8, on a much more expensive slider, will make any difference.

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