Vaio is no longer a brand of Sony Corporation as Sony sold its PC business to the company in February 2014 as part of a restructuring of the corporation to focus on mobile devices. At the moment, the independent company sells computers only in Japan, but this doesn’t mean it won’t attack the global market in the future.
Vaio has revealed its first prototype: a 12.3-inch hybrid tablet that would cost at least 200,000 yen in Japan, which is the equivalent of $1,800. This is the first prototype the company has created without any Sony influence and for the moment it will be available only for Japanese customers.
With this product, Vaio is target illustrators, photographers and other professionals that are looking for a high-end device. The 12.3-inch hybrid comes with a 2,560 x 1,704 pen-enabled display, stylus and Intel Haswell quad-core CPU with Iris graphics. In a recent interview with the WSJ, Vaio said that it’s looking to copy Panasonic’s model of offering high-end, durable models.
Vaio deputy general manager Yoshifumi Ito said:
“By creating a tablet environment that is as powerful as a desktop, we want to free up creators from the desk when at work.”
The hybrid also comes with 2 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, HDMI Output and a Mini Display Port and runs Windows 8.1. Vaio’s first all-new products are set to be released in May of next year. But as devices are getting cheaper and cheaper, the question is – will this device find enough clients in order to help Vaio survive?