Sony is selling its PC division, but the consumer electronics giant still has a few more releases to pull off before it completely says goodbye to its Vaio product line. One of these eleventh hour releases is the Vaio Flip 11a, a tablet convertible with an Intel Pentium processor and a Windows 8.1 operating system. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Sony’s Vaio Flip 11a – Windows convertible tablet PC
This convertible slate was announced at the last Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and it features an 11.6-inch Full HD, Triluminos display with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. The Vaio Flip 11a packs a 2.16 GHz Intel Pentium N3520 Bay Trail-M quad-core processor with an Intel HD Graphics processor, 4 GB of DDR3L RAM, and a 128 GB SSD. Other features include an Exmor R HD webcam, an 8 MP Exmor RS rear-facing camera, an HDMI output port, a USB 3.0 port with charging capabilities, an SD card slot, NFC, and WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. It packs a lithium polymer battery that can reportedly supply up to 5 hours of up time on a single charge.
As the name suggests, the screen flips to switch in between notebook and tablet modes. To get tablet PC mode, you flip the screen to face away from the keyboard and fold it down to cover the keys. This baby also features an active digitizer from N-Trig, so you can use the pressure sensitive Vaio Active Pen to draw and write on the slate.
Software-wise, the Flip 11a ships out with Windows 8.1 64-bit and other applications like VAIO Care, ArtRage Studio, and Adobe Photoshop, among other things.
Pricing and Availability
The Vaio Flip 11a is already available at Sony’s online store, and it retails for US $799. According to reports, a higher end version is in the works with 8 GB of RAM and an Intel i7 processor, but we’ll have to wait for further announcements for that powerhouse.
So what do you think? It’s a tempting offer, but one that is hampered by a paltry 5 hour battery life and the fact that you can probably find better and possibly cheaper tablet PC convertibles out there. If you don’t mind those two things though, it seems like a solid convertible tablet – at least on paper.