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Sony prepping Windows 8 tablet slider?

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Sony prepping Windows 8 tablet slider?
According to marketing materials obtained by Pocketnow, Sony has plans to add to its Android tablet offerings with a Windows-based tablet, presumably in the second half of 2012. The Marketing material bills the device as part of the Vaio U line, and it may be a precursor of the new form factors we will see when Windows 8 launches later this year.

The Vaio U is a tablet/notebook hybrid device with a keyboard that slides out. Concept hardware was shown at CES in January, but a lot of concept hardware never gets shipped as a real product. With the marketing material revealed, it would appear that Sony is a bit more serious about this particular tablet concept.

Depending on when the device comes to market it’s possible it could ship with Windows 7, but there’s almost no demand for Windows 7 tablets, so we expect the launch to be delayed until Windows 8 is available. The new Metro UI in Windows 8 lends itself to these sorts of dual-purpose touchscreen devices. It will work as a slightly chunky slate when closed, running the same apps you can use on your Windows Phone 8 handset, and then slide it open when you need to do some serious spreadsheets, or finish out that thesis you’ve been procrastinating on.

Does Sony’s tablet hybrid appeal to any of you?

Sony prepping Windows 8 tablet slider?

source: Pocketnow via electronista

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posted on 07 Mar 2012, 15:54 8

1. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

o yeah baby windows is on the rise

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 15:55 5

2. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

This is what I've been waiting for!
Then dual boot for Android! :)

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 16:23 3

3. Jyakotu (Posts: 852; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

I would definitely look into this because this makes more sense to me as a tablet. Then again, I'll always prefer a physical QWERTY keyboard to a virtual one. Hope this actually makes it to market.

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 07:17

11. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

i agree. i think these and transformer type tablets, or even every tablet having a bluetooth keyboard is the future for this market.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 16:30 1

4. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

like I said before a Sony windows 8 Tablet with Sony Music and Movies plus Microsft Xbox games and the ability to play Sony play station games sold with a blue tooth game controller would be a dream Tablet for adult gamers and KIds to have. Wow what a very
Powerful product for Sony to have. Go Sony GO.. Make some money baby

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 18:10 2

6. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

I am so impressed with Sony lately. I really hope they follow through with this. This style would be the only I would consider a tablet over a more conventional laptop. Really interested.....

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 19:00 1

7. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Oh yes please. If its keyboard is as good as the VAIO F-series, it'll be wonderful... just give it plenty of USB ports

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 20:19

8. Hildy (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)

YES. Depending on size, weight, and stylus support. I've been looking for this since my OQO 02 died.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 22:15

9. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

I Love you SONY, I

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 05:24 1

10. Henrik (Posts: 141; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)

Any tablet with Windows 8 (on ARM or x86) that I buy will have to have a keyboard attachable, so if it's built-in by default - even better! And since I'm a Sony fanboy too ... ;P

posted on 21 Apr 2012, 03:52 1

12. Alp1111 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)

i am a sony fan. and i really love sony products. this is one of my favourites.

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