Sony unveils Vaio Tap 11, its first Windows 8 tablet
Sony has decided to dip its toes in the Windows 8 tablet game, and has announced the Vaio Tap 11, a tablet that looks designed to steal customers away from Microsoft’s Surface Pro.
When you look more closely, the Vaio Tap 11 resembles Sony’s Xperia line of tablets, with an understated front side, sharply angled corners, and an extremely thin and attractive profile. The display is a 11.6-inch Triluminos unit of full HD resolution, with support for a digitizer stylus that can be used to make annotations on pictures, scribble notes, and more.
The Tap 11 is powered by a 1.5GHz Intel Core i5-4210Y processor, though a 1.7GHz Core i7-4610Y option will also be available. There’s 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD (which can be extended up to 512GB), and a 8-megapixel camera on the back with Sony’s Exmor RS sensor takes care of the imaging needs. Storage is expandable via a microSD slot, and connectivity features include Wi-Fi, 3G, LTE, USB 3.0, and microHDMI.
It comes equipped with ClearAudio+ mode for optimized sound output, Sony’s SlideView app that turns the tablet into a second screen for compatible Bravia TVs, an IR blaster for TV remote control, and an NFC chip that can be used beam over content between two devices, such as a webpage link from the Tap 11 to an Android tablet, play music through NFC speakers, and more.
Available in a choice of black or white finishes, the Vaio Tap 11 will also include a detachable keyboard with wireless touchpad, with a launch in Europe slated for Autumn. Going by how Microsoft’s Surface fared in the market, Sony will have to tread carefully when it comes to pricing, or the beautiful and sleek Windows 8 tablet might not be seen much outside stores.