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  1. Mitlov's Avatar
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    Looks like Sony is getting into the Windows tablet game. I thought they'd stay Android because of the Xbox/Playstation rivalry, with all the Xbox badging in Windows 8 (Xbox Music, etc), but I guess not.

    VAIO Duo 11: Sony readying a slim Windows 8 hybrid to take on Surface | The Verge
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    tbh, i don't think Sony can afford to keep doing things like avoiding Win8 because of Xbox/PS rivalry

    their TV business is going down the drain fast (Visions doesn't stock Sony TVs anymore because of fear that they'd go under) and their Computer business isn't doing all that great lately, not to mention their mobile division is getting kicked around by HTC and Samsung

    their corporate culture has to change within the next two years
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    Figured Sony would put out a sleak slim device... this is just ugly.
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    Honestly, divisions in Sony run almost independently of each other, with little cooperation. Sony computers doesn't care about xbox branding in windows 8 so long as they are moving computers. Think of the glory that could have been had the gaming and phone departments concentrated on one device instead of developing the competing and underwhelming Xperia Play and playstation vita products. Our if Sony records and the Walkman decision had cooperated in the early days of mp3 players. With Walkman devices and Sony records has cooperated instead of Sony records trying to keep from going digital, we could have had a legitimate iTunes/iPod competitor.
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    Ivy Bridge. Digitizer pen. 11.6" screen. 1080p. This is Sony bringing its A-game. I think it's great looking too, but that's subjective.



    Sony unveils VAIO Duo 11 slide-out tablet, Tap 20 portable touchscreen all-in-one -- Engadget

    The Tab 20 desktop-tablet-meets-all-in-one-PC is also really interesting. I absolutely could see it being successful as a family-oriented multimedia machine. Shame about the 20" 900p screen.
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    It's interesting to see they are bring the i7 chips to this device. I just wonder if choosing the U variant is a good idea as its a lot slower version chip (and dual core only).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparkyscrum View Post
    It's interesting to see they are bring the i7 chips to this device. I just wonder if choosing the U variant is a good idea as its a lot slower version chip (and dual core only).
    It may be to distinguish the non-ULV Vaio Z. It may also keep costs down in terms of delivering acceptable battery and cooling in a device this thin (and the lower price point would further distinguish the Vaio Z).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitlov View Post
    It may be to distinguish the non-ULV Vaio Z. It may also keep costs down in terms of delivering acceptable battery and cooling in a device this thin (and the lower price point would further distinguish the Vaio Z).
    Maybe but to under power the device doesn't seem a good idea. However I wonder if its part of the marketing to say its an i7 chip without recognising its an unpowered chip?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparkyscrum View Post
    Maybe but to under power the device doesn't seem a good idea. However I wonder if its part of the marketing to say its an i7 chip without recognising its an unpowered chip?
    ULV CPUs are so common I hesitate to call them "underpowered," particularly when paired with a proper SSD. The Vaio Z is the exception to the rule...basically all other ultraportable laptops (including the MacBook Air, which dominates ultraportable sales) use ULV processors.

    For day-to-day use, a ULV CPU + SSD is as fast or faster than a full-voltage CPU + HDD. So I think the SSD-equipped Duo 11 will do just fine for most people's use.

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