Sony to release a range of Windows 8 devices


Sony has announced a bunch of new Windows 8-oriented devices including its very first hybrid ultrabook – the Vaio Duo 11 – and a mobile tabletop PC – the Vaio Tap 20. Sony’s new products also include the T Series Ultrabook and several other new Vaio notebooks.

VAIO Tap 20 is a family tabletop PC designed to take advantage of the intuitive ease of Windows 8. Featuring a 20-inch screen, this mobile desktop PC can lay flat on a coffee table for the whole family to play games on the large screen. With a removable battery, users can easily move it from room to room in the house – from bedrooms and kids’ play areas to the kitchen or garage.  Powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 by Sony for amazing picture quality, VAIO Tap 20 ensures crisp, clear images while the built-in stand and wide angle panel enables viewing at many angles. Users can also stand VAIO Tap 20 upright and use it as a fully-functioning desktop PC to work on documents, surf the web and check emails with the supplied wireless keyboard and mouse.

Additionally the VAIO Tap 20 comes with a choice of apps that are optimized for responsive 10-point multi-touch operation, including Fingertapps Organizer, a calendar app for family members to communicate digitally via posted to-do lists and recorded messages and videos.

The versatile VAIO Duo 11 PC transforms almost instantly between a power-packed Ultrabook and a multimedia tablet with scratch-resistant glass. With Sony’s high build quality, VAIO Duo 11 features a durable Surf Slider mechanism to switch smoothly between keyboard and tablet for a dual functioning computing experience.

Slim and light, VAIO Duo 11 weighs approximately 2.84 lbs. and features an 11.6-inch screen. VAIO Duo 11 also offers a pressure-sensitive digitizer stylus for the satisfyingly expressive feel of natural handwriting directly on the touchscreen. A choice of swappable pen tips allows for a firmer or softer writing feel. It’s excellent for writing, sketching and interacting with media and applications on the bright, detail-packed Full HD touchscreen.

Featuring an LCD display and backlit keyboard, the VAIO Duo 11 is available on latest-generation Intel Core processors for maximum productivity. In addition to performance, looks and mobility, VAIO Duo 11 includes full functional I/O port connectivity and Sony’s unique Sheet Battery technology (sold separately).

VAIO Duo 11 makes it easy to crop photos and graphics with Active Clip developed by Sony. Just draw roughly around the edge of the chosen picture with the digitizer stylus and Active Clip automatically detects edges and cuts out the background, allowing users to drop the cleanly bordered image straight into documents or presentations. In addition, the Note Anytime application available for download on VAIO Duo 11 is for digitally jotting down handwritten notes on the touchscreen.

The top selling stylish T Series Ultrabook made with an ultra-smooth brushed aluminum shell now comes with a touch display on the new T13 Ultrabook to allow consumers to experience Windows 8-based touch in a clamshell form factor.

Sony is also introducing the T14 Ultrabook incorporating the same port connectivity as the T13 model and includes an optical disc drive to support Blu-ray and DVD media.

In addition to all these models Sony has also added the E Series and the S Series. The VAIO E Series family is an excellent portable companion for students and everyday users. Featuring Sony’s signature wrap around design, the E Series now includes a touchscreen-enabled aluminum E Series 14P model with signature VAIO diamond cut logo as well as a new E17, 17-inch model with a Full HD Display (1920 x 1080) and a quad core processor. Also available in 11-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch models, the PCs include backlit keyboards (14-inch and 15-inch), the latest Intel Core processors (14-inch and 15-inch), with clear high contrast displays and AMD Radeon graphics options.

The S Series continues to offer an enhanced combination of mobility and performance in an elegant design crafted in tough, weight-saving magnesium, aluminum and carbon fiber materials. The 13-inch model is now available in a new Burgundy Red color. The S Series is also available in 13.3-inch Premium and 15.5-inch models.

All Sony VAIO’s will feature either Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro.

All new PCs and laptops will be available at the end of October at Sony retail stores and other Sony retailers in the USA. The VAIO Tap 20 starts at 879 USD and up and will be available in Black and White. The VAIO Duo 11 will cost 1099 USD and up and will be available in Black. The E Series 11 will sell for 449 USD and up in Black and White; the E Series 14 will cost 449 USD and up and will be available in Black, White and Pink; the E Series 14P will start at 689 USD and up and will be available in Gun Metallic and Gold, Silver and Blue, Pink and Pink, Black and Red and White and Blue.

The E Series 15 will cost 449 USD and up and will sell in Black, White, Aluminum Silver and Pink; the E Series 17 will sell for 729 USD and up in Black and White.

The T Series 13 will start at 669 USD and up and will be available in Aluminum Silver; the T Series 14 will cost 669 USD and up and will be available in Aluminum Silver again.

The S Series 13 starts at 799 USD and up and will come in Black, Silver, White, Pink and Burgundy Red. The S Series 13 Premium starts at 1199 USD and up and will come in Black, Gold and Gun Metallic. The S Series 15 starts at 849 USD and up and will come in Black, White and Silver.

Finally the L Series AIO PC starts at 1199 USD and will come in Black and White.

Source: Sony