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IFA 2012: Sony announces Vaio Duo 11, a hybrid Windows 8 tablet

Sony has announced a new tablet hybrid at IFA earlier today during a press conference called the Vaio Duo 11.

The device is reminiscent of the Asus Eee Slide and has a mechanism that allows the screen to slide on top of the keyboard.

The tablet runs on Windows 8 pro and is powered by an Intel Core i3-3217U, an Ivy-Bridge model which has two cores clocked at 1.8GHz.

Other features include 4GB of RAM (out of which 128MB is dedicated to the Intel HD4000 graphics sub-system), what looks like a 12.1in 10-point touchscreen display with a full HD resolution, a 128GB Toshiba SSD, NFC capability, two USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth, a front facing camera, one VGA port, a SD card slot and one HDMI one.

It is worth noting that the Vaio Duo 11 doesn’t come with touchpad or a removable battery but it does have a flat nipple button lodged between the “G”, “H” and “B” keys and another one on the tablet facia.

I also found the screen hinge on the convertible tablet slightly tricky to operate especially if you try to transform it into a tablet by pushing the screen from the top right or left corner. Battery life as well as pricing and availability have so far not been revealed.

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