VAIO lives on, plans to release a tablet / PC hybrid in the future

VAIO lives on, plans to release a tablet / PC hybrid in the future
VAIO, now being an independent company instead of a Sony brand, has announced its first tablet since it has been purchased by JIP. It reminds us a lot of Microsoft's Surface series in both form and supposed function.

The device is currently called the VAIO Prototype Tablet PC, though, since it's not scheduled to hit the market any time soon, we assume the name is subject to change. It's meant to be a high-end, Windows-powered, ultrabook replacing device, with a 12.3” screen, an Intel Core Haswell line CPU with Iris Pro graphics, 2560 x 1704 resolution, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 HDMI output, and 1 Mini Display port. It is pictured next to a stylus and a compact keyboard / cover combo and sports a familiar looking retractable kickstand.

VAIO's plan is to create specific, high-end devices for a focused group of customers, instead of throwing different computers at the market and hoping something sticks. So, we can see that the Prototype is aimed at the business class, trying to replace at least two devices – a tablet and an ultrabook. But Microsoft has been doing that for a while now with the Surface Pro line and one has to wonder – does VAIO plan to introduce something mindblowingly different with the Prototype?

The device's lowest spec'd version will cost around $1,800 and availability is not yet known. There is no word on whether the accessories would be included or sold seperately, too.

source: VAIO (translated) via Neowin



1. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

And premium smartphones please

14. Gellor

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

Aploine.. SXZ3 is their Best and latest premium smartphone.

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Good to know! But come on, can't they release a tablet or laptop with a cheaper price? $1800 is just too pricey and it will definitely give them a rough start.

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I have a feeling that at first the new Vaios will be Japan exclusive. Like all the best stuff :( And I guess Japanese are more willing to pay for a more quality experience. I hope the prices will drop for international release though. I also like that keyboard it's not a very smallish looking like the Surface one.

3. Sreddy unregistered

Phew, this is a good news indeed.. Hope sony carries on their legacy with the vaio series. The specs listed are without a doubt, awesome, But for that price range.. it would be only a selected few, who might consider it.

7. Guti986

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 26, 2013

It's no longer sony though. But Yea, hope the legacy remains

4. funnyguy

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

Good luck

5. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

That 95% Adobe RGB rating + 2k screen!!!

6. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

And a Quadcore i7 with iris Pro ; thats the same as a rMBPro 15... nicely done Vaio...

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

There's no computer for my needs right now in Finland. Except some super expensive Toshibas and Fujitsus. I want Vaio back!

10. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

i'm surprised there's no rumor yet of z4. LOL

11. ausnote2

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

still rocking 4 sony vaio z with hybrid graphics in bluray built in at under 1.5kg :) This new design however looks like a disaster. Didn't they look at the surface pro 1 2 and 3 failures???

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013


13. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Hope it remains the quality of the vaio's from sony. Im just disappointed sony sold this brand as they could've make it profitable again

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