Confirming leaks from earlier this week, Sony has unveiled its keyboard-toting VAIO Duo 11 Windows 8 tablet. Similar to Microsoft's upcoming Surface products, the Duo 11 is a hybrid solution that aims to serve as both your tablet and notebook. However, unlike Surface's magnetic detachable keyboard, the Duo 11 has what Sony calls a "Surf Slider." If you need to access the full-size backlit keyboard, the slate's body glides on a hinge and parks on an integrated kickstand.
The device measures 17.85mm (.0.70 inches) thick when closed and weighs 1.3kg (2.86lbs). It carries an 11.6-inch 1920x1080 "OptiContrast" display with a digitizer, your choice of an Intel Core i3-3217U, i5-3317U or i7-3517U processor, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB or 256GB SSD. It also packs an HD camera in the front and back, NFC support, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, USB 3.0, VGA and HDMI-out, a memory card reader, stereo speakers and a rotation lock button.
Along with the Duo 11, Sony has revealed its VAIO Tap 20, a new all-in-one with a 20-inch 1600x900 touchscreen and a flexible stand that allows the system to lay flat -- a feature that has prompted Sony to call the device a "tabletop PC." Unlike most all-in-ones, the Tap 20 can run off an integrated battery, allowing the system to be a little more mobile around your home, though at 11.4lbs, you probably won't want it on your lap.
It'll offer the same processor options as the Duo 11, a 750GB or 1TB 5400RPM HDD, NFC support, a 1.3MP camera, and various touch apps by Sony, including one that lets two people "draw, paint, sketch and daub simultaneously." Unfortunately, there's no pricing info here either, but the Tap 20 is expected to launch around the same time as the Duo 11, which is expected to arrive alongside Windows 8 in late October.
The Apple iPad (3rd-gen) includes a Retina Display operating at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Powering the new iPad is a dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, it also gets upgraded optics in the form of a 5MP backside illuminated sensor that features a 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X chip. Apple claims The new iPad is good for 10 hours of battery life and nine hours when using 4G LTE.
Amazon sent a wave crashing through the mobile industry when it announced its Kindle Fire would land with a price of $199. This is likely the best value in a tablet on the market, and will make tablet computing accessible to many people that either couldn't afford an iPad or couldn't tolerate Honeycomb tablets.
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