It’s official – Sony has announced the VAIO Duos 11, their own hybrid Windows 8 tablet. The VAIO Duos 11 combines both touch and type in one device. The Duos 11 uses a 11-inch OptiContrast touch panel that has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 that’s combined with a chassis that’s capable of sliding out which reveals a full QWERTY keyboard. If you think that particular design looks familiar, you’re right, as Asus was the first one to use it with their Eee Pad Slider. Nevertheless, Sony’s Surf Slider design is different enough to keep the idea fresh, and Sony says that the Duos 11’s mechanical hinge is tough enough to endure thousands of openings. Sony’s gracious enough to include a stylus that they say is one of the most accurate out in the market today.
Even with sliding mechanism included, Sony has managed to keep the overall thickness of the device at only 17.85mm and it only weighs in at 1.3 kilos. There’s also a bunch of ports on the device itself which includes 2 USB ports (with one being USB 3.0), Ethernet, VGA Out, HDMI and a card reader. The device also has a NFC capability built-in, as well as a built-in gyroscope and a digital compass. There’s also two cameras in the device – one on the back and another one on the front.
Inside the hood lies the latest Intel Core i5-3317U processor, that’s paired with 4GB of RAM. You’re looking at a 128GB of SSD storage, and of course, the entire experience is powered by Windows 8. Unfortunately, this is still an x86 machine, so when it comes to battery life you shouldn’t really expect much. Even then, Sony says that you’re looking at 4.5 hours of usable battery life with the Duos 11.
So, how much will it cost? You can expect it to drop for Php 69,999 when it’s finally available at stores at the end of October.