Sony Vaio Tap 11 takes Win 8 tablets to a whole new level of thin and light

Sony Vaio Tap 11 takes Win 8 tablets to a whole new level of thin and light
We don't know what Microsoft will be doing with the design of the Surface 2, but it better be prepared to beat Sony at its own game. Almost as thin as an iPad, the lightweight Vaio Tap 11 features a 4th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 4 GB of RAM, plus your choice of SSDs up to 512 GB of capacity. It might not be a fanless design yet, as the 4.5 watt Haswells aren't in consumer devices yet, but at sub-10mm thickness and less than two pounds of weight, the Vaio Tap 11 is still a remarkable engineering achievement.

The black or white chassis actually reminds of the Z Ultra phablet or the Tablet Z, though this one sports a 1080x1920 pixels 11.6" display with Triluminous technology. You also get a full USB 3.0 port, microSD slot and microHDMI port for TV hookup. Speaking of, when you need to watch movies on the tablet, there is built-in stand on the back, which can be adjusted at different angles - the tablet-in-bed puzzle solved.

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.

The company touts this Vaio Tap 11 as the "world's thinnest Windows 8 tablet," and with every right, showing us that you can have your slim tablet cake, and eat it too, with full Win 8 and Intel Core power at your disposal. With such a thin chassis, something had to give, and here it is the battery capacity, with Sony reps citing up to six hours of battery life, which is rather low for the Haswell standards.

Pricing for this beauty is yet to reveal itself, but it should be hitting stores next month, so we'll know pretty soon what the first elegant yet powerful Windows 8 slate can set us back.




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Vaio Tap 11
  • Display 11.6" 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP
  • Processor Intel Core i3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3800 mAh

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21 Comments

1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Just wow.....gorgeous beauty... But I'm getting same gorgeous beauty sony viao flip.

2. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

This is called innovation......It will not take so long for Shamesung to copy this.....

3. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

You a funny guy. Its basically a Microsoft Surface but lighter than thinner. With the keyboard attachment being aluminum instead of a soft felty touch, and with a backstand looking as sturdy as a toothpick 'Innovation'? Doing something different? This is hardly that.

6. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Its not innovation it's evolution. They just improved their devices making slimmer and stylish as always.

24. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

innovation was what surface pro was this is follow on trend set by MS

4. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Sony Z tablet is 6.9 mm thin, they know how to maximize components in small spaces while not losing style.

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Wohh that's a home run for sony Gorgeous..... Design wise Sony is unmatchable.

7. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Sony making windows tablet seems odd. Sony competing with Microsoft in console space, Sony saying no to Windows Phones...

11. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Since when did Sony say no to Windows Phones?

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Beautiful...Just beautiful... Good job, Sony!

9. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Would take this over a surface any day.

10. pellegrini

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

It's indeed a beautiful tablet, but 5hrs of battery life is a bit sad.

12. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

I was really starting to feel this... Design was nice, specs were good...then they said 5 hours of battery life.... What. The. F$&%? No way. And then I seen the stand. Adjustable is good but stable it cannot be. That would tip left or tight with ease. Surface 2 is still on the plate.

20. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

They're taking their tablet to a whole new level of short battery life! Good job OEMs.

21. suneeboy

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

I think I've just found my next laptop/tablet/PC

22. papss unregistered

Other than battery life this is an amazing tablet. Great job sony

25. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Now whats the standby time? Im sure if you're going to be using this for 5 hours straight then you're most likely going to be near a power outlet. If you got by on the battery life of laptops i don't see how you can't with this.

26. Antonyjoseph

Posts: 217; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

This is gorgeous. MS will have a tough time matching this.

28. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

All this needs is better battery life and guaranteed no heating issues and RT is officially dead.

29. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

this is not the Final version. I hope that they create a hard dock for it like the Lenovo lynx or transformer has with a built in battery to extend it's battery life. then it would be great.

30. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

like xperia tablet z ~ windows 8 version

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