At the IFA in Berlin Sony have had some extremely good stuff to show off at their technology stand, and their VAIO Duo 11 is one of those products which makes you think “wow, what a great idea!”.
So what’s so great then? The Sony VAIO Duo 11 slider hybrid Ultrabook combines good and proper PC productivity with tablet convenience. The Surf Slider design transforms a full-function traditional Ultrabook PC into tablet operating mode for on-the-go computing, allowing consumers to experience the very best of both worlds. Essentially you should think of this as a tablet / laptop hybrid, without the ability to detach the tablet.
Display wise the VAIO Duo is on the smaller side, with an 11.6-inch full-HD 1080p touch-screen accompanied by a handy (and not separate) digitizer stylus pen, for specific and incredibly accurate input. The hybrid tablet is very aesthetically pleasing too, measuring just 17.85mm thin and weighing a featherweight 1.3kg.
Looking at the device, the display looks to be a stand out feature; 11.6-inches of real estate with a 1080p resolution makes for an incredibly beautiful media viewing experience, with pin sharp icons accounted for.
Connectivity wise the VAIO Duo 11 features an ethernet port, USB 3.0, Bluetooth, HDMI and VGA outputs for wiring up a screen or monitor. As you may already be able to tell from the high-res display, rather dull / blacked out styling and ethernet port, the Duo 11 is aimed at business users, or more specifically professional users on-the-go rather than your average consumer. Nether the less, the design of the thing is incredibly intriguing, and is sure to attract a lot of consumer attention.
UK pricing and release dates have not yet been announced by Sony for the VAIO Duo 11, however we will update you guys on any new developments. Stay tuned!
Official Sony Vaio Duo 11 Specifications
- Intel® Core™ i7-3517U, Intel® Core™ i5-3317U or Intel® Core™ i3-3217U Processor
- Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro
- 4GB or 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz SDRAM
- 128GB or 256GB SSD
- 29.4cm (11.6″) OptiContrast™ Panel;
- Full HD (1920×1080) with wide (16:9) aspect ratio; capacitive touchscreen
- Intel® HD Graphics 4000
- WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth® Ver. 4.0 + HS; Ethernet (1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T x 1); USB 3.0 (x1), USB 3.0 with USB charge (x1); VGA out; HDMI out; Memory Stick Duo / SD memory card combined slot; stereo speakers with xLOUD™ ; Full HD Web Cameras (x2, front and rear facing) powered by ‘Exmor for PC’ (2.07 megapixels); Sensors (NFC, GPS, Accelerometer, Gyro, Digital Compass); Windows button; rotation lock button; digitizer stylus; optional extended battery pack
- Approx. 320 mm x 17.85 mm x 199 mm
- Approx. 1.3kg (with standard supplied battery)