World's thinnest Win 8 tablet Sony Vaio Tap 11 gets a price and a release date
Remember that crazy thin Sony Vaio Tap 11? Thin for Windows 8 tablet standards, that is, but at but at sub-10mm thickness and less than two pounds of weight for an 11-incher, the Vaio Tap 11 would be a remarkable engineering achievement on any platform.
Long story short, Sony just filled in the all-important price and release date details today, and it seems that the Vaio Tap 11 will lift off at $799, which is fairly reasonable considering you are getting an 11.6" full HD Triluminous display and frugal Haswell processor that powers full-blown Windows 8, and can fire up legacy Windows programs if needed.
There will be a choice of Pentium 3560Y, Core i3, i5 and even Core i7 processors, 128, 256, or 512 SSDs, and the tablet even has its own USB 3.0 and microHDMI ports for your portable convenience. Sony solved the tablet-for-work conundrum, too, by simply providing a detachable keyboard towards the tablet, which serves as cover when attached to the screen with magnets, and juices up from the slate itself in the process. It is aluminum-clad, with chiclet keys and trackpad, so you can get some serious work done when you detach it from the tablet. Sony has also provided a stylus, with accompanying apps for taking notes, drawing and annotations.
$800 is apparently the price for the lowest configuration, which would still offer quite a bit, and release date for the US is pegged at the end of October, so not much to wait. Check out our Vaio Tap 11 hands-on from the MWC expo last month below.