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Sony Reveals Ultra Mobile, Freestyle Hybrid PCs

By - Source: Akihabara News | B 15 comments

After revealing its two new tablets, Sony showcased an upcoming VAIO tablet and notebook.

On the heels of announcing its two new S1 and S2 tablets during a press conference in Tokyo, Sony showcased teaser images of its upcoming "Ultra Mobile" and "Freestyle Hybrid" PCs towards the end of the show. Unfortunately, there's absolutely zero information regarding the two upcoming devices.

However, Akihabara News reports that the Freestyle Hybrid PC will likely run on Intel's Atom platform and perhaps even sport Microsoft's Windows 7 OS, offering consumers a non-Android tablet solution. Based on the image alone, the device will provide a slide-out QWERTY keyboard to transform it from a tablet into a notebook-style form factor.

As for the Ultimate Mobile PC, it will reportedly feature a 13.3-inch touch screen and a form-factor similar to Apple's MacBook Air. Both the tablet and laptop will be branded with Sony's popular VAIO label, sport its distinctive sharp, monochrome design, and may even come packed with PlayStation 3 Remote Play support and the PlayStation Suite.

Sony will reportedly ship both devices sometime soon-- pricing and an actual date is currently unknown. Although a mention at E3 2011 is possible, Sony will likely choose to formally announce both devices at COMPUTEX 2011 taking place on May 31 to June 4.

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    Anonymous , April 27, 2011 10:27 PM
    Tomshardware is being paid to advertise this information. This isn't new or interesting. Laptops are crap anyway.
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    zulutech , April 27, 2011 10:54 PM
    an0n0n0mooseTomshardware is being paid to advertise this information. This isn't new or interesting. Laptops are crap anyway.

    Not necessarily an0n0n0moose. I use a laptop. So do millions of others. I agree they may not be as efficient, but they are not crap. Definitely not crap.
    I agree that this is definitely not original though.
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    sync_nine , April 27, 2011 11:03 PM
    The first PC i got was a laptop and i have never owned a desktop. So far so good.My laptop still kicks ass of most decent desktops and runs everything on high.
    i7-740QM and GTX 460M
    Mobile computing is a lot better than being stuck at home on your chair.
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    theshonen8899 , April 28, 2011 12:03 AM
    sync_nineThe first PC i got was a laptop and i have never owned a desktop. So far so good.My laptop still kicks ass of most decent desktops and runs everything on high. i7-740QM and GTX 460MMobile computing is a lot better than being stuck at home on your chair.


    Problem is once your laptop kicks the bucket there's almost nothing you can do. I have had three ~$1000 laptops in my lifetime. The first one was an IBM whose screen stopped working. The monitor itself costed around ~$300 to repair so I just bought a Toshiba. Then the Toshiba randomly wouldn't startup one day and it turns out the power cable port broke so the laptop can no longer charge. Now I have an HP and for some reason there are rainbow lines running up and down half the screen.

    I bought a desktop and a netbook. The desktop was altogether ~$700 and the netbook ~$300. Now if my netbook kicks the bucket it won't be such a big loss and if there something wrong with my desktop, I can replace a part. My desktop eats any video game I throw at it on a huge 23" monitor and my netbook follows me everywhere I go.
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    zerapio , April 28, 2011 12:33 AM
    I don't think the post is uninstersting, I'm actually looking forward to both of these products.
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    okibrian , April 28, 2011 12:57 AM
    theshonen8899Problem is once your laptop kicks the bucket there's almost nothing you can do. I have had three ~$1000 laptops in my lifetime. The first one was an IBM whose screen stopped working. The monitor itself costed around ~$300 to repair so I just bought a Toshiba. Then the Toshiba randomly wouldn't startup one day and it turns out the power cable port broke so the laptop can no longer charge. Now I have an HP and for some reason there are rainbow lines running up and down half the screen.I bought a desktop and a netbook. The desktop was altogether ~$700 and the netbook ~$300. Now if my netbook kicks the bucket it won't be such a big loss and if there something wrong with my desktop, I can replace a part. My desktop eats any video game I throw at it on a huge 23" monitor and my netbook follows me everywhere I go.

    Or you can just go on ebay and buy the broken part for the laptop and swap it out for cheap. I've done it many of times. All that's needed is a little skill. I've also got replacement motherboards for desktops off ebay because the way tech changes so fast that the board you have today is out dated and hard to find tomorrow. Or you could just buy a new motherboard from the store and change out your out dated CPU, RAM, video card and so on as well, but then what would be the difference between that and your stories about the price you've paid for you broken laptops?
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    thillntn , April 28, 2011 2:22 AM
    As a added bonus, root kits!
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    truchonic , April 28, 2011 2:24 AM
    well i don't know the price yet but for running windows on Intel's Atom i think gonna be slow and cheap but if the price is hight doesn't gonna work because out there they have better processors and good prices i just can give like $400 because is the same price of a notebook with Intel's Atom and right now is bad moment to mention packed with PlayStation 3 Remote Play support and the PlayStation Suite cuz playstation is on troubles.
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    sudeshc , April 28, 2011 4:52 AM
    VAIO series laptops they look quick amazing and perform as well the tasks they are meant to.
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    zulutech , April 28, 2011 5:19 AM
    sync_nineThe first PC i got was a laptop and i have never owned a desktop. So far so good.My laptop still kicks ass of most decent desktops and runs everything on high. i7-740QM and GTX 460MMobile computing is a lot better than being stuck at home on your chair.

    Well, IDK sync. I have a desktop and a laptop, and the desktop is so much faster than the laptop, its incomparable. Its portability or power, a personal choice. Until portability truly meets power that is.
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    virtualban , April 28, 2011 2:43 PM
    zulutechWell, IDK sync. I have a desktop and a laptop, and the desktop is so much faster than the laptop, its incomparable. Its portability or power, a personal choice. Until portability truly meets power that is.

    Also the size and resolution of the desktop screen. But even if it was not for that, performance per dollar comparison is a "there is no comparison".
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    wiyosaya , April 28, 2011 3:37 PM
    an0n0n0mooseTomshardware is being paid to advertise this information. This isn't new or interesting. Laptops are crap anyway.

    Personally, I do not think my laptop is crap; however, I do not use it to game. Since my "power" machines are several years old, my laptop is actually faster than my "power" machines, but not for gaming.

    I do agree, though, that this is marketing drivel; however, some Tom's readers look forward to this kind of stuff. My bet is, though, that Sony will way over price these. If they do, my interest will go out the door.
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    rockinhc , April 28, 2011 3:53 PM
    When wireless throughput becomes fast enough, I would like to see all/most of the processing power being done away from the touch screen interface. This will allow us to have the lightest interfaces.
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    cobra5000 , April 28, 2011 4:39 PM
    sync_nineThe first PC i got was a laptop and i have never owned a desktop. So far so good.My laptop still kicks ass of most decent desktops and runs everything on high. i7-740QM and GTX 460MMobile computing is a lot better than being stuck at home on your chair.

    Ill take that bet, my tower will wipe the floor with your laptop. I will also bet my desktop costs a lot less and will be alive for years longer. Why the hatred for a product that performs better and costs less?
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    ChromeTusk , April 28, 2011 4:51 PM
    Quote:
    Tomshardware is being paid to advertise this information. This isn't new or interesting. Laptops are crap anyway.

    Laptops are designed for mobility and generally perform the tasks they were designed to do. If you do not need the mobility, stick with a desktop. If you do not like the performance, raise your budget for a better one or stick with a desktop.

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    Not necessarily an0n0n0moose. I use a laptop. So do millions of others. I agree they may not be as efficient, but they are not crap. Definitely not crap.
    I agree that this is definitely not original though.

    Now I have to search for "hybrid PC" when I compare/shop for "convertible laptop/notebook"! :pfff: ! It is annoying enough I have to sort through tablets and netbooks to find true convertible PCs and tablet PCs.

    Quote:
    Problem is once your laptop kicks the bucket there's almost nothing you can do. I have had three ~$1000 laptops in my lifetime. The first one was an IBM whose screen stopped working. The monitor itself costed around ~$300 to repair so I just bought a Toshiba. Then the Toshiba randomly wouldn't startup one day and it turns out the power cable port broke so the laptop can no longer charge. Now I have an HP and for some reason there are rainbow lines running up and down half the screen.

    I bought a desktop and a netbook. The desktop was altogether ~$700 and the netbook ~$300. Now if my netbook kicks the bucket it won't be such a big loss and if there something wrong with my desktop, I can replace a part. My desktop eats any video game I throw at it on a huge 23" monitor and my netbook follows me everywhere I go.

    Getting a laptop fixed is painful, expensive, and time consuming depending on the part. Swapping HDD/SSD's, optical/expansion drives, and RAM is usually easy :sarcastic:  . I hate whenever I have to send it in :fou:  .