Sony prepping Windows 8 tablet slider?

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?

source: Pocketnow via electronista



1. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

o yeah baby windows is on the rise

2. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

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

3. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 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.

11. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

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

4. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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

6. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.....

7. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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

8. Hildy

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

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

9. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I Love you SONY, I

10. Henrik

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 18, 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

12. Alp1111

Posts: 47; Member since: Jan 27, 2012

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

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