Sony launched their VAIO Duo 11 yesterday, which is a tablet-notebook hybrid running on Windows 8. Having used Windows 8 on an ordinary notebook for quite a bit, I can say that having a “œtouch” option makes it more usable and feel natural. I won’t be surprised to see an influx of tablet/notebooks in the near future.
Going back to the VAIO Duo 11, it’s a slider notebook that reminded us of the Android-based Asus Eee Slider. Sony calls their design “œSurf Slider” where you just lift the display from behind to reveal the keyboard underneath. Press it back down to convert it back into a tablet, a 1.3kg one.
There’s a digitizer stylus included (no slot for it though) that provides a nice writing/drawing experience. This is a digital stylus, not those typical ones you buy for your tablets. It has a left and right-click buttons which proved to useful when annotating or drawing on your PowerPoint presentations. Using it feels natural and it also detects pressure when you want to sketch/paint. The screen also ignores palm presses to prevent unwanted scribbles.
This notebook sports an 11.6-inch screen on a Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution with Sony’s OptiContrast panel for accurate colors and wide viewing angles. It is protected by a Gorilla Glass panel so you don’t have to worry much about the lid of your notebook being the screen itself.
Powering the Sony VAIO Duo 11 is a low-powered 3rd generation Intel Core i5-3317U processor coupled with a 4GB RAM and integrated graphics. It packs a 128GB SSD for its storage.
You’ll start seeing the Sony VAIO Duo 11 in stores once Windows 8 is launched on the 26th of this month. This slider notebook will retail for Php69,999 once it becomes available.
|Sony VAIO Duo 11 Specs:|
|Intel Core i5-3317U Processor|
|4GB DDR3 RAM|
|11.6″ OptiContrastâ„¢ Panel, Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution|
|Intel HD Graphics 4000|
|WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth Ver. 4.0 + HS; Ethernet|
|USB 3.0 (x1), USB 3.0 with USB charge (x1), VGA out, HDMI out|
|Memory Stick Duo / SD memory card combined slot|
|xLOUD stereo speakers|
|Full HD Web Cameras (front and rear facing) powered by “˜Exmor for PC’|
|Sensors (NFC, GPS, Accelerometer, Gyro, Digital Compass)|
|VGP-BPS31 Lithium-ion battery: up to 4.5 hours of use|