Sony Vaio Duo 11 Windows 8 Tablet-PC starts to build up the hype as release date nears

Sony Vaio Duo 11, a Windows 8-powered tablet-laptop hybrid, is now starting to build up popularity as it nears its release date this month. While the Japanese manufacturer didn’t provide specific date as to when the shipment starts, it is expected to be in the last week of October as Windows 8 is slated for October 26th debut.

The company’s Viao series of ultrabooks received positive ratings when it started releasing them a couple of years ago. It is obvious Sony is using such popularity for its new devices and it is apparently working in its favor. This time, however, Sony Viao devices will never be the same; Vaio Duo 11 will offer features, design and performance that we haven’t seen before.

Unlike Asus’ Transformer devices with detachable keyboard dock, Sony Vaio Duo 11 is a full-blown tablet and laptop at the same time; its keyboard is fixed to its screen. Users can easily convert it from being a tablet to a netbook and vice versa by simply sliding in or out its keyboard.

It may neither be the lightest and thinnest tablet on the planet (it weighs 1.3kg and measures 0.7mm thick), its design is revolutionary. Sony is targeting the corporate market with it but it seems like tech enthusiasts are more attracted to it than business people. The device comes with Intel Core i3 chipset with dual-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. Its base RAM is 4GB but it can really accommodate up to 8GB.

If there is one thing Sony is so proud about this device, it would the 11.6-inch display that features full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). While its keyboard does not have a trackpad, Sony has given it a digitizer stylus pen with changeable tips in lieu of a mouse when it’s used as a netbook. But the thing is that this device doesn’t really need any pointing device because it has a touch screen.

The official pricing of the device has yet to be revealed but it was confirmed that Sony will also release Vaio Duo 11 showcasing Windows 8 Pro with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. Furthermore, the device is most likely to debut in the US and UK than in its homeland.