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Sony Vaio Tap 11 Sets Its Sights on the Microsoft Surface
by Ed Hardy -  9/4/2013

[click to view image]Sony is bringing out a Windows 8 tablet that everyone immediately thinks is aimed squarely at the Microsoft Surface.

The Vaio Tap 11 will have a built-in stand, a clip-on keyboard, and a pressure-sensitive stylus -- all hallmarks of Microsoft's own Windows tablet.

Other features will include an 11-inch IPS that will have a native resolution of 1920 x 1080. The touchscreen will use N-Trig technology rather than Wacom's.

There will be a variety of configurations introduced, with either a Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 and solid-state drives with 128GB, 256GB or 512GB. A microSD card reader will offer additional capacity.

[click to view image]The Vaio Tap 11's external keyboard is going to clip to the tablet with magnets, but will communicate with the tablet over RF so the two don't have to be in contact to work together. Unlike either of the Surface's keybaord options, it will have a trackpad. It's not clear if Sony's keyboard will be included with this computer or sold separatly (like Microsoft's).

Other features will include an 8 megapixel camera, a USB 3.0 port, NFC, and a micro-HDMI port. There will be a Wi-Fi-only configuration, as well as one with 3G/4G built in.

At 0.39 inches, Sony claims that this will be the world's thinnest Windows 8 tablet with an Intel Core processor.

[click to view image]No Price has been revealed yet for the Sony Vaio Tap 11. It is set to debut in Asia later this month.

Sony Vaio Fit, Too

Sony made another Windows-related announcment at IFA today: the Sony Vaio Fit series. This will be composed of three laptops that can be folded flat into tablet shapes. Buyers will have a choice between screen sizes of 13 in., 14 in, and 15 in.

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