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BERLIN: JAPANESE HARDWARE FIRM Sony unveiled two new additions to its Vaio range of laptops at IFA on Wednesday, the "world's slimmest" Windows 8 convertible Vaio Tap 11, and a Windows 8 "tablet PC", the Vaio Fit.
Sony Europe president Massaru Tamagawa announced the devices at a press conference in Berlin, claiming that they offer "full power PC performance in a product that is is as light and as thin as a tablet".
Powered by Intel fourth generation Haswell processors, the Vaio Tap 11 is touted by Sony as the "world's slimmest" tablet PC running Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system (OS).
Boasting an 11.6in touchscreen display featuring Sony's triluminos display technology, the Vaio Tap 11 supports full HD 1920x1080 resolution with a wide 16:9 aspect ratio.
The Vaio Tap 11 will arrive with up to 4GB of DDR3L SDRAM running at 1600MHz, Intel HD Graphics 4200 and an SSD drive with up to 512GB of storage.
Weighing 780g and measuring 9.9mm thick, the Vaio Tap 11 also features a slimline wireless keyboard and touchpad as well as a digitizer stylus pen.
"The keyboard can also be attached to the screen when not being used, doubling as a protective cover for the PC screen," Sony said. "Whenever you want to, remove the cover and type comfortably with the keyboard on your lap or on a desk. Then, when you're ready to move, just re-attach the keyboard and it automatically re-charges as you go."
Available in a choice of black or white finishes, the Vaio Tap 11 Windows 8 tablet PC will be available in the UK from October this year.
Sony's Vaio Fit is touted as a laptop that converts into three modes. With a "multi-flip" design that allows it to switch between laptop, tablet and viewer modes, the Vaio Fit is a Windows 8 convertible powered by an Intel Core i7 4500U processor with up to 8GB of DDR3L SDRAM and an Intel HD Graphics 4400 chip. It has up to 512GB of SSD storage.
The Sony Vaio Fit will arrive with a choice of three different display sizes of 13.3in, 14in and 15.5in, each with a full HD 1920x1080 resoluton with a wide aspect ratio of 16:9, all packed into a 14.3mm to 17.9mm thick chassis that weighs 1.2kg.
The Vaio Fit will also be available in the UK from October. However, Sony has not announced prices yet for either the Vaio Fit or Tap 11.
Check back soon for a closer look and hands-on reviews of Sony's latest Vaio additions. µ
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