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Sony's new VAIOs include Flip convertible laptops, Tap 11 hybrid, Tap 21 all-in-one

Michael Brown | Sept. 5, 2013
Pricing and availability of these laptops were not announced though.

VAIO Tap 11
Sony also introduced a new PC/tablet hybrid called the VAIO Tap 11. The 11.6-inch touchscreen display, which is just 0.39 inches thick, and the aluminum keyboard are completely separate. The keyboard attaches to the display with magnets and serves as a cover during travel. The display will also charge the keyboard's battery when the two are attached.

A mouse is not included, but the keyboard has an integrated multi-touch trackpad. The VAIO Tap 11 will feature Haswell-class processors (starting with an entry-level Pentium processor and going all the way up to a Core i7). Sony's digitizer pen will come as standard equipment, as will a 128GB SSD. The Ultrabook also features a built-in infrared blaster that works in conjunction with Sony's TV SideView software to control your TV and other hardware in your home-entertainment center.

VAIO Tap 21
Sony's last big announcement for the day is the VAIO Tap 21, an aluminum-clad version of its earlier Tap 20. The Tap 21 sports a 21.5-inch display and a native resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels; the Tap 20 had a 20-inch display and was limited to 1600 by 900 pixels. Weighing just eight pounds, the Tap 21 is 50 percent thinner and 30 percent lighter than the Tap 20. Also, the Tap 20's hinge has been redesigned so that it can be positioned at any angle from completely flat to nearly vertical without your needing to pull on it.

Sony didn't announce pricing or availability for any of these new systems, but we're guessing they'll hit the market about the same time that Microsoft ships Windows 8.1 to retail.


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