Sep 2, 2012
Sony seems to be playing a different tune to entice the consumers and business customers with their release of the VAIO Duo 11 tablet. This tablet hybrid was tweaked a little different that looks more like a laptop than a tablet because of its unique sliding touch-screen display. With the VAIO Duo 11 tablet, you can easily convert your laptop to a tablet by simply sliding the display down.
The Sony VAIO Duo 11 tablet seems to borrow the ‘sliding display’ technique from ASUS Eee Pad Slider, but here, this tablet runs Microsoft’s Windows 8 equipped with a stylus for handwriting and sketching. According to SlashGear, the glossy plastic covering the touchscreen display is a fingerprint magnet. But it features a 1080p 11.6 inch display that is incredibly crisp and bright.
To use Sony VAIO Duo 11 tablet as a laptop you have to pull up the touchscreen display holding just above the front-facing webcam. Doing this will slide the touch screen back revealing a full QWERTY keyboard. Since you’re only left with approximately 11 inches wide screen plus the area occupied by the sliding display, the Sony VAIO Duo 11 tablet keyboard will have to fit in a smaller frame size giving you a somewhat compact size keyboard. Though smaller compared to a regular notebook, SlashGear indicates that the keyboard was still very usable for typing.
I previously said that the Sony VAIO Duo 11 is more like a laptop than a tablet because Sony is not after the sleekness of their product. What Sony has done is somewhat different by concentrating on usability of the tablet by providing more connectivity options compared to other tablet-laptop hybrid. With Sony VAIO Duo 11, you will get an HDMI, USB connections and a full-sized VGA connection.
In addition to the connectivity ports mentioned above, this tablet-laptop hybrid comes with an extended battery bolt on that can prolong usage up to twice of its current battery life. Of course, this bolt on extended battery will surely increase the current width. But you have no choice because that is the only place where you can put the stylus pen if not needed.
Unlike the Dell XPS 10 tablet on my previous post, Sony gave us more information regarding the specs of the Sony VAIO Duo 11 tablet. The processor is powered by Intel’s Core i7-3517U that is coupled with 4GB or 8GB RAM. The storage capacity of this tablet-laptop hybrid can be maximized up to 256GB utilizing a much faster SSD storage. For the pricing, it was believed that Sony will announce it in late October.
What do you think of Sony VAIO Duo 11 tablet? Could it be more appealing than the Dell XPS 10 tablet because of the sliding touch screen display? Tell us what you think by posting your comments below.
The Sony VAIO Duo 11.6″ Touch Screen Ultrabook Tablet Computer (SVD1121BPXB) is equipped with IPS (in-plane switching) technology so you can enjoy a crisp image from any viewing angle, perfect for giving an important presentation or watching the latest blockbuster hit. The LCD is made tough and scratch-resistant to help withstand the abuses of everyday use. The unique Surf Slider design allows smooth transitions between tablet and laptop modes. Interact with the tablet by using the stylus or your fingers on the 10 point capacitive touchscreen. When you need the speed of real keys, simply slide the screen back to reveal the keyboard. It’s thin and light design is perfect for the mobile user on the go.
Watch the video below by SlashGear to see the Sony VAIO Duo 11 in action.