Sony 's Vaio Flip is a New Take on Convertible Computing

Paul Lilly

Sony refreshes fall line of Vaio PCs

Windows 8 helped sparked a generation of unique PC designs, the newest of which is Sony's Vaio Flip, one of several new Vaio units the company announced today . The Vaio Flip PC is a conventional notebook that "flips" into a tablet PC. That's been done before -- Lenovo's Yoga and Dell's XPS 12 immediately come to mind -- but the Flip also boasts a viewer mode that the others don't.

Viewer mode is intended for someone sitting opposite to watch movies or videos, Sony says. Otherwise, it's similar to other convertibles in that it attempts to offer the best of both worlds. It's powered by Haswell, has optional Nvidia graphics, USB 3.0 support, and more.

Sony also announced the Vaio Tap 11 billed as the world's thinnest Windows 8 tablet PC at just 0.39 inches thick, and Vaio Tap 21, a tabletop PC that can sit upright and function as a sleek and slim all-in-one.

Pricing and availability of Sony's new Vaio's will be announced in early October.

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