Sony VAIO Duo 13

Do you remember Sony’s VAIO Duo 11 Windows 8 slider laptop/tablet hybrid (wow that’s a mouthful)? If you don’t, don’t worry – it was a terrible machine; the unit was plagued by an uncomfortable keyboard, short battery life, and a bulky design. Sony wants to take another shot at the slider concept though, and has unveiled the Sony VAIO Duo 13.

The new hybrid device from Sony weighs just less than three pounds and has .77 inch thin body. On the inside, the Duo 13 is packed with a 1.6 GHz Core i5 Haswell CPU, 4 GB of RAM, a 1080p screen and a 128 GB SSD. The machine also packs a new 6,320 mAh battery that is almost twice as large as the one in its older Duo 11 cousin.

Sony also listened to previous complaints about the Duo line by ditching the tacky optical navigation stick and opting for a new trackpad. Don’t get too excited though, as the trackpad is tiny – very tiny. If you don’t believe us, take a look at the picture below.

Sony VAIO Duo 13 Trackpad

The unit will be available for sale June 9th for $1,399 and will come in both Carbon Black and Carbon White color schemes.

OEMs and manufacturers are currently at a point of discovery in which they are trying to find out what the best possible form factor for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices are. While Sony believes the perfect form factor is a machine that slides, Lenovo believes the perfect form factor is a machine that folds over backwards, and Dell believes the perfect form factor is a machine that spins its screen right round.

As we move forward into the future, we will undoubtedly see a ton of form factors for Windows 8 devices, the question remains – which is the winning design?

Source/Photos: The Verge