Sony’s Win8 Tablet to Challenge Microsoft’s Surface?

29 Aug

While the full range of details has yet to be revealed, a good number of reports are already centering on what appears to be Sony’s possible answer to Microsoft’s Surface: the Vaio Duo 11.

With an 11-inch 1920×1080 screen, a beautifully designed, minimalist body, and a built-in, back-lit keyboard that turns the tablet into a miniature laptop, Sony’s Win8 portable device is likely to become anything but an ordinary substitute to Microsoft’s Surface. As pointed out by Gizmodo, Vaio Duo 11 will feature Windows 8 Pro system, have 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and will allow for either 128GB or 256GB of storage capacity. Included with the tablet is a touch screen stylus which makes the navigation process potentially easier and allows one to engage in the convenient “handwriting” feature.

Spec-wise, PC authority revealed that the Sony Vaio Duo 11 will be equipped with an Intel Core Ivy Bridge Processor and will have a number of uncommon tablet features, including two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI socket, Ethernet, VGA, and a multi-format memory card slot.

Other than some of the key specs that were revealed by Sony, little else can be reliably confirmed until the final retail product is fully tested and reviewed. While some believe Sony’s tablet will pose competitive problems for Microsoft, others dismiss the idea by pointing to Sony’s tendency to overprice its products and the potential burdens associated with the tablet’s un-removable keyboard. According to Laptopmag, the product is currently set to be released at a price of $1379 USD. At 17.85mm thick, the tablet also weighs about 1.7 kg, which may be a turn-off for consumers looking for an easy-to-carry, readily portable product.

Considering that Windows 8 is due out in the coming months, it shouldn’t be long before we get more specific details regarding Sony’s Windows 8 tablet along with its worldwide release date (believed to be October 2012).

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