Sony announces Vaio Tap 11 to take on the MS Surface Pro

by Shayne Rana

The Microsoft Surface Pro didn’t quite make as much of an impact as the company hoped for a number of reasons. Sony, with their Vaio series has sought to make a few relevant changes and perhaps change people’s minds. With their Vaio Tap 11 Windows tablet that’s thinner (a mere 0.39 inches) and lighter than the Surface, Sony could just fill in that that tiny gap left between the Ultrabook, Hybrids and Tablet devices for the Windows arena. The Tap 11 will also come equipped with a configuration comprising of Sony’s ‘Haswell’ fourth-gen chips. It can also be configured with a Core i7 processor to run just the basic Windows 8 and not Windows 8 Pro.

These chips should also provide at least a 6 hour battery life for the Vaio Tap 11 which is about 2 hours more than what the Surface offered. The 11 inch touchscreen will have a full HD (1920 x 1080) display. While the Surface featured a Type and Touch cover doubling up as a keypad, the Tap 11 will come with a wireless keyboard that’s attached to the tablet via magnets, similar to the iPad’s cover perhaps. This can also be used as a case. However, the lack of a physical connection implies the use of wireless tech like Bluetooth that does also happen to wane on the battery to an extent. The Tap 11 has a kickstand that will enable you to position for viewing in portrait and landscape modes. A 512GB SSD is also on board. The tablet also come loaded with an IR sensor so it can be used as a remote with the corresponding app just like you would use a smartphone. And like the newly announced Galaxy Tab 10.1 (2014 edition) Sony has also included a pressure-sensitive digitizing stylus for the artist in you to go nuts. Ports include HDMI, USB 3.0 and micro SD. There’s been no announcement on price but we can expect the device to hit the market sometime in October.





[Via – Mashable]