Sony Unveils the Vaio Tap 20 Tabletop PC & Vaio Duo 11 Hybrid Ultrabook at IFA 2012

Sony Unveils the Vaio Duo 11 Hybrid Ultrabook


Sony Vaio Duo 11

The Vaio Duo 11 is a hybrid because it can be used as either an Ultrabook or a tablet. But it isn't a convertible because you can't detach the keyboard.

The Vaio Duo 11 is touted to be a high-performance, hybrid Ultrabook with a sliding 11.6-inch LCD display (with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels) that switches seamlessly between slate and keyboard mode. The new Vaio Duo 11 puts touch and handwriting right at the heart of your Windows 8 computing experience, and allows high-precision writing with a digitizer stylus. Featuring an Intel Core i7 or i5 processor, it measures just 17.75mm thin and weighs about 1.3kg.

Like the Vaio Tap 20, the Duo 11 features the One-Touch function that makes use of NFC to stream music to other NFC-enabled devices. The Socialife app is also available for the Duo 11.

On the left flank you'll find the headphones port, the Memory Stick / SD card combined slot, and the VGA port. We wonder if Sony could make the Duo 11 smaller if they were to remove the VGA port.

The power button, two USB ports, and the HDMI port are on the right hand side.

Here's how the Vaio Duo 11 looks like when you close the screen to the keyboard.

Here's a closeup of the underneath of the sliding screen.

Here are the key specs of the Vaio Duo 11 hybrid Ultrabook:

  • Intel Core i7-3517U or Intel Core i5-3317U
  • Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro
  • 4GB or 8GB DDR3L 1,600MHz SDRAM
  • 128GB or 256GB SSD
  • 11.6-inch OptiContrast panel
  • Full HD (1920x1080) with wide (16:9) aspect ratio; capacitive touchscreen
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth v4.0 + 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
  • Sensors (NFC, GPS, Accelerometer, Gyro, Digital Compass)
  • Windows button, rotation lock button, digitizer stylus, extended battery pack (optional accessory)
  • Approx. 320 x 17.85 x 199mm
  • Approx. 1.3kg (with supplied battery)

The new Sony Vaio Duo 11 will be available in the APAC region from end October 2012.

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