Sony seems to be throwing themselves into the Windows 8 touchscreen market at the moment with their two announcements at IFA 2012 in Berlin. The Sony VAIO Duo 11 is designed to be a hybrid device so that it can be either an11.6” tablet or a small laptop depending on how you are using it. It includes a digitizer pen for use as a tablet (which means that hand writing is easy) and the “Surf Slider” hinge allows you to lift the screen to reveal a keyboard beneath it. There is no track pad on the keyboard because of its compact size but one would expect that the touchscreen and pen would be more than enough to compensate for that.
The screen will be 11.6” with true HD functionality (1920 x 1080) and you will get HD cameras on both the front and the back of Sony VAIO Duo 11. The hardware on offer appears to make this a very, very powerful tablet compared to most of its competitors and it can hold its own in the mid to high end of the laptop market. As with the Tap 20 Sony is giving you the choice between the i7, i5 or i3 processors and one would expect quite serious price differences between them. You have the choice of 128 GB or 256 GB storage but the best bit is that both of them will be SSD so of course the read/write speed of the device will be about as good as you can possibly get. We don’t know yet about RAM but one would imagine at least 1 GB.
Sony VAIO Duo 11 will feature NFC functionality so that you can easily pair another device (if it is equipped with NFC) without having to worry about manually pairing the two. It will feature two USB 3.0 ports which means that a high speed backup drive will work as intended and it will have HDMI output so that you can stream movies across to a TV or another screen. GPS is going to be built into it and one would imagine that Bluetooth and WIFI will also feature so that it has all the functionality you would expect from a tablet or a laptop.
Sony is hoping to release it at the end of October but cannot guarantee it and they have given no clue as to the price. There are no more details available at the moment but the details we have seen seem to suggest that this will be a very interesting product for Sony and the competition will be taking it seriously.