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Dell and Sony hop aboard the Windows 8 bandwagon, reveal new hybrid tablets

by Doug Drinkwater

October 12 2012

The Vaio Duo 11 starts from $1,099
The Vaio Duo 11 starts from $1,099

Dell and Sony this week joined the rush to launch Windows 8 tablet devices ahead of the operating system's official launch date of October 26.

In a week in which Acer and Asus announced their own Windows 8 devices, Dell and Sony took the wraps of their own designs, with Dell announcing the convertible 12-inch XPS Duo 12 and Sony unveiling the Vaio Duo 11 and 20-inch Vaio Tap 20 ‘tablet’.

Dell confirmed that the XPS Duo 12 offers a 12-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display that is protected with Corning’s Gorilla Glass, 4GB of memory, 128GB of SSD an Intel Core i5 processor and a hinge design that transforms the model from Ultrabook to tablet.

The convertible tablet is available at a pre-order price for $1,199 and will launch on October 26.

Sony has also vowed to make Windows 8 tablets, and has announced the convertible Vaio Duo 11 and Vaio Tap 20.

The Vaio Duo 11 is essentially an 11.6-inch Ultrabook, but can be used as a tablet when the display is folded onto the attached keyboard. The model has a Full HD 1080p display, an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD hard drive and comes with Windows 8 Home Premium as well as a stylus pen.

Connections are provided for HDMI, VGA and Ethernet, while there are also two USB 3.0 ports, and there are options to upgrade the device with an i5 or i7 processor, a bigger SSD hard drive and more powerful battery. The hybrid device starts from $1,099.

Sony has also laid claim to launching another Windows 8 tablet, although it is debatable whether the 20-inch Vaio Tap 20 can be classified as that and not a more advanced all-in-one (AIO) PC.

Nonetheless, the tablet has a 20-inch 1600 x 900 display, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive and operates on battery power alone. A stand is included and, as with the Duo 11, users can upgrade processors or add extra SSD storage. The Vaio Tap starts from $899.99.

The Tap 20 and Duo 12 are due to launch at the end of the month.

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