IFA 2013 doesn't actually start until tomorrow but we've already been inundated with announcements from companies with new products. The barrage of electronics continues with Sony's new fall line up of Vaio-branded computers.
Sony has decided to go down the convertible road this year with the introduction of the Sony Vaio Flip PC. The Vaio Flip is available in 13-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch variations and packs Intel's 4th generation Haswell CPUs (Core i7) and SSD storage as standard on the 13-inch model (up to 512 GB). The 14-inch comes with optional hybrid storage (up to 1TB Hybrid HDD or Up to 512GB SSD) and the hybrid storage is standard on the 15-inch model. There's also optional Nvidia GeForce GT 735M (2GB) on the 15-inch model. All models feature 1,920 x 1,080 IPS displays but the 15-inch model can be bumped to 2880x1620. As the name suggests, there's a little something different going on with the screen.
The Vaio Flip actually 'converts' to a tablet, with the display flipping backwards and the keyboard acting as a stand. This flipping action is activated via an unlock switch on the laptop. Once the user slides this to the unlock position and pushes on the display, the entire panel will flip backwards (thanks to a hinge about halfway down the lid) with the bottom half leaving its frame and moving upward.
Sony is keeping quiet on U.S. pricing and availability but we'll keep you posted.
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I think saying this "converts" to a tablet is incorrect since a tablet is an AIO device, while this is just a flip screen. You cannot remove the screen and go mobile with it, just flip it backwards and use the keyboard as a stand.
Greater than 1080p screen: check
Larger screen than all the other 13in: check
Slate mode: check
Active digitizer: check
Well, this has everything on my personal checklist for my new workstation. The only minor thing is that the pen is N-Trig, not Wacom, but that's alright. I hope this will be available for Canada.