Vaio unveilings: Sony shows hybrid Duo 11, Tap 20 desktop PC

Sony bulked up its Vaio line-up with two new entries today: one a large tabletop product and the other a convertible device that can toggle between a tablet and a laptop.

The hybrid is the Vaio Duo 11, which has a keyboard but can slide between a laptop design and a tablet-like slate.

The second is the Vaio Tap 20, a 20-inch tabletop PC that can be used by individuals or as a multimedia centre for groups.

The devices run Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, as CNET earlier reported.

The products were announced by CEO Kazuo Hirai, who was speaking at a press conference at the IFA event in Berlin. He said that the products were part of Sony's strategy "to move people emotionally", and were designed to work with a family of Sony products.

The new Vaios, along with a host of other new Sony products, will have the company's unique picture and sound technology, Hirai said. He touted the company's Bravia video technology and ClearAudio+ mode sound feature.

Sony, which lost its way for a few years in several key gadget categories, is in the midst of a turnaround. The company is clambering back after falling behind to rival Samsung Electronics in smartphones and televisions.




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