Microsoft’s Windows 8-powered surface tablet might be nabbing all the headlines (at the very least somewhat due to the fact that some of Microsoft’s myriad hardware partners were miffed by the business ’ s choice to make it in the first spot), however a newly-revealed convertible gadget from Sony looks like it could be able to offer the Surface a run for its cash.
PocketNow managed to score some pictures of the forthcoming Sony VAIO Duo 11, a Windows 8 tablet with an awfully familiar-looking trick– the (apparently 11-inch) touchscreen slides up and latches into place, revealing a full-size, back-lit keyboard.
The eagle-eyed among you could mention some distinct similarities between the VAIO Duo and the Eee Pad Slider that Asus released towards the end of last year. While I truly dig the fact that the keyboard base actually seems to have some weight to it (envision trying to use the Surface’s floppy physical keyboard on your lap), there is of course one major downside: it’s going to be a substantial little convertible. It ’ s a natural side-effect of consisting of a physical keyboard that ’ s worth using, however the end outcome might well be a gadget that ’ s more cumbersome than the competition when made use of in tablet mode.
You can wager that Sony’s going to attempt and downplay that size concern, and in fact they already are. In some photos it virtually resembles the Duo is lying flush on that table, but the side view (above) reveals a much different story– the gadget’s bottom really curves up to satisfy the keyboard. To round out the package deal, there’s a capacitive stylus pen included prominently in the pictures, however there’s no word on whether it ’ ll come with the Duo or if it will certainly be sold independently. The sad thing is, there ’ s little in the method of juicy details immediately — the spec slab, release date, and Sony ’ s pricing plans are all still shrouded in mystery, however IFA is merely around the corner and it wouldn ’ t be a shock if one of these things appeared on the show flooring.
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