Sony Announces Microsoft Surface Pro Competitor VAIO Tap 11

Sony Vaio Tap 11 Windows 8

At IFA today, Sony announced their competitor to Microsoft Surface called VAIO Tap 11. This 11-inch device comes with a kickstand similar to Surface Pro, comes with latest Intel Core processor, 1,920 x 1,080 IPS touch display with support for pen and attachable keyboard.

Read about it below.

Available in both black and white options, the new VAIO Tap 11 Tablet PC is the world’s thinnest (0.39″) Windows 8 Tablet PC with Intel® Core™ Processor family. * Featuring an aluminum magnetic full pitch keyboard/cover with a touch pad, users can be as productive as they are on a traditional notebook PC. In addition, the keyboard uses magnets to easily attach to the display when it is not being used, providing a cover and charging the keyboard in this position. VAIO Tap 11 models are also equipped with fourth generation Intel Core processors with up to Core i7 and Solid State Drives for powerful performance.

Users can stay productive and entertained throughout the day on the new VAIO Tap 11 model with up to 6 hours of battery life , an SD card reader, USB 3.0 and micro HDMI as well as Intel® Wireless Display (WiDi), which easily streams the computer screen directly to your compatible HDTV.

Camera and Pen solutions

The 8-megapixel rear-facing camera on VAIO Fit 13A | Flip PC and VAIO Tap 11* features the Exmor RS for PC image sensor and makes it possible to take images of documents that are clear enough for the computer to recognize and process text. The Exmor RS for PC image sensor technology combined with the CamScanner application enables users to take crisp images of documents using the computer’s camera as if it were a scanner and edit and organize multiple documents. CamScanner has the ability to straighten images of documents and photos taken at odd angles, allowing individuals to focus on taking photos of important material instead of lining up the perfect shot. CamScanner also uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to convert the words in an image to text.

The accurate pressure sensitive Active Pen allows for an even more accurate and natural writing experience. Users can take notes in the memo taking application, VAIO Paper, or easily crop an image with VAIO Clip using intelligent edge detection technology.

In addition, VAIO is collaborating with Adobe to offer the best environment for creatives. Users will be able to enjoy Active Pen in the update of Adobe Illustrator® Creative Cloud (sold separately) and Adobe Photoshop® Creative Cloud (sold separately).

High Level of Standard Features

With NFC (Near Field Communication) one-touch technology, users can quickly stream music, download photos, and enable Bluetooth® connections by simply tapping a compatible Android or Windows Phone smart phone or a wireless speaker to the new VAIO | Flip PC and VAIO Tap models.

The new PCs also make great partners for your TV and home entertainment system. With the TV SideView app (available for free via the Windows Store) users can search for detailed information about the movies or programs they are currently watching as well as related content. By using an optional USB IR adapter (IR built into VAIO Tap 11), users can change the channel or control the volume via the app in the same way that one would use a universal remote control. Using VAIO Remote control application, users can operate other devices that communicate via infra-red technology, such as BluRay Disc™ players and home theaters, from their PC.

Also included with both VAIO | Flip PC and VAIO Tap models is ArtRage® Studio, the premiere digital arts software. ArtRage Studio offers natural painting tools such as oil paints and watercolors, along with utilities to make painting easier for anyone who wants to paint or draw on their computer regardless of skill level.

  • Yuan Taizong

    It’s great to see hardware partners being committed to Windows 8 as both a P.C. as a Tablet-P.C. operating system, this will surely mean more applications in the Windows Store, but these specs are competing more against Lenovo than Microsoft’s Surface, great device indeed.

  • techieg

    Well, I guess Surface is finally pushing these OEMs to use their brains for once.

    • Bugbog

      When is a copy Not a copy? When it’s the Sony Tap 11!

      Not bad, as a 1st gen device, however, coming over a year after the Surface Pro was announced yet not bringing anything new to the table is……disappointing!

  • Ice Online

    Looks highly appealing especially with the adobe support

  • dcmobi

    And this, my friends, is why Microsoft built the surface. It’s about time

  • anujgoyal

    gonna be super expensive compared to surface 2, I wanted to buy sony vaio duo 11 but it was way expensive tha surface pro

  • DigTheNoise

    Man, that looks sweet.

  • fachru

    Damn I have another device to compare with surface2 before deciding which one I’ll choose.
    *Waiting for full spec

  • tomakali

    see thats competition…
    iPhone set a standard in Mobile handset quality, Nokia took the competition to Next level
    Microsoft set a standard in Hybrid PCs, OEMs should take it to the next level

  • DKJr

    Now this is what I was expecting from OEMs rather than whinning about the OS. Give us good hardware to go with the OS and we willing give you our cash.

  • koenshaku

    About time OEMs have decided to step out of apple’s shadow. This device is nothing short of effing awesome! Getting one this holiday season if nothing better hits which I doubt!!

  • RamonMendozaGA

    This is a nice-looking device, but I’m not sure why some people are drooling over it after six months of ignoring the Surface Pro. :-/