A look at the Sony Vaio Tap 20–an actual 20 inch Windows 8 tablet

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imageSony recently revealed the Sony Vaio Tap 20, the first of what they call a new category called Tabletop PC. This CNET video above gives a quick demo of the features.

Looking like a typical All-in-one, the 20 inch touch screen device differentiates itself by also having a battery which can provide up to 3 hours of autonomy, making it possible to take the PC from room to room or from the desk to a couch easily.

"VAIO Tap 20 is creating a new category of PC’s by combining desktop PC functionality, battery-powered mobility, and multi-angle viewing," said Steven Nickel, VP, Sony VAIO. "This along with the innovative VAIO Duo 11 and the intuitive touch solutions incorporated across our existing PC portfolio, offers consumers flexibility to optimize their Windows 8 experience. Through the combination of compelling applications, Sony’s network services, and cross device connectivity, VAIO is leading the way in developing a new Touchworld experience. We expect when consumers think of touch PCs, they’ll think of VAIO."

The affordable $879.99 PC available in Black and White will come with a variety of apps and services by Sony, like Sony Imagination Studio™ VAIO® Edition, which includes four powerful Sony applications: Movie Studio Platinum, ACID™ Music Studio, Sound Forge™ Audio Studio and DVD Architect™ Studio software and the Socialife application, which is a social feed aggregator that allows users to view, sort and manage social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, and news feeds through one stylish user interface.

The device features a 10 finger 20 inch 1,600 x 900 IPS display which is splash-resistant (presumably for kitchen use) with either a Core i3 or i5 processor, 4 GB RAM and a 500 GB HDD or SSD, NFC, 1.3 megapixel camera and dual speakers and a subwoofer and weighs 11.4 pounds.

With Windows 8 account synchronization technology, one can easily imagine surrounding oneself with Windows 8 PCs in a wide variety of form factors. 

Are anyone else tempted by this device? Let us know below.



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  • Dante

    oh my god absolutly amazing.. windows 8 and lumia 920 is going to rockkkk

    • http://www.facebook.com/Bermacle Donald Ajaps

      Well, Windows 8 is definitely gonna rock, but I surely can’t say the same about the 920. . . :-D

      • Avatar Roku

        The display and the camera on the 920 are incredible, what are you smoking?

  • The__Truth__Hurts

    Great idea/concept. But, some “little stuff” to make it far better.
    720p (maybe 900p), 1080p, 1440p display options
    i3, i5, i7 CPU options
    4, 8 GB memory options
    64, 128, 256, 512GB storage options

    Maybe offer small (17 inch) option? Then a med (21.5 inch) option? a Large (27 inch) option?

    If I could get a 27 inch version of this packing a 2.7 Ghz quad core (mobile) chip, 2560x1440p display, 16GB memory, 512GB SSD and a 2GB Nvidia GT650M card…? I would be very tempted to pick one up.

    • Bugbog

      I feel, in this initial offering, that they surely could have made the GPU better (there are laptop embedded chips they could have used?).

      Other than that, I do see this as the prototype for future Windows 8 touch-centric A-I-O’s.

      • The__Truth__Hurts

        I think they are using an Intel ULV Mobile CPU (what they use in the ultrabooks). I read that somewhere.

        Mobile (as in laptop) hardware is become powerful enough that for most people, it will be plenty in an A-I-O.
        Slap laptop hardware and not only is it more “efficient”, it takes up less space (thinner, smaller).

        Yes, I still want to see more of Workstation powered A-I-O’s, but I would like seeing on the other side, them getting smaller & thinner.

        Give me both my Xeon powered all-in-one as well as my Intel (mobile) i7 powered ones.

        A device like this (above) could be the perfect entertainment up in your kitchen. Look up recipes have photos going when eating, have a movie playing, have it store your music collection.

        Mount it into your wall and have it be your “home base” of your house. The ideas are whatever you can think up.

        • Bugbog

          But the thing is, it could also have been a decent gaming capable device also. There are, after all, basic and mid-range GPU’s that fit into the Ultra-thin fitting, and could have been used that would offer better capabilities than the Intel one without increasing the cost

          As it is, it’ll probably struggle with anything other than light games, which is a shame for such a personable device. (The form-factor, and stand are key to the new paradigm for Windows 8 desktops!)

          • The__Truth__Hurts

            That seems to be the struggle with these windows 8 devices.

            You have some really cool/great/amazing form factors, but sometimes these devices don’t have the hardware what they should have…

            What I say. Condense how many devices you are making (if there is overlapping). and offer more options. (hardware options).

            Make low end options for those who don’t demand much, but offer high end options for those who demand much.

            Yes, Joe may want a $800 value device, but I want a $2000 top of the line device.

          • Bugbog

            Alas, to me at least, most of these devices appear to be expensive without offering the full Monty on components!

    • Ocelotty1

      This is unlikely to leave the house (except for a family road trip maybe) it would make sense to offer the option of a couple of extra spare power cables/ chargers for ease of multiroom charging/ support, unless it has a generic power connector/ supply. The one thing that does impress me though; is the sensible pricing.

      • http://twitter.com/Makavelli_Jrw Mr.InTernaTionaL

        Yea unlike Asus who is just pricing like they are the next best thing since sliced bread..

  • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

    I can see myself drafting with this or having it on the coffee table as an interface for the #Xbox360. #Sony #VaioTap20

  • willdoors

    if it doesn’t have a stylus then it’s useless…… I’m a designer and I want a stylus!

    • http://twitter.com/nizzon Johan Nilsson

      It has USB, just install your pen tablet.