I missed out this piece of news from Sony. Sony announced the availability of Sony VAIO Duo 11. It is a hybrid Ultrabook that has touch and handwriting capabilities. Coupled with the SurfSlider designer, it can transform itself from a keyboard mode to tablet mode easily.
The Sony VAIO Duo 11 will be sold at S$1,999 for the Intel® Core™ i5-3317U Processor and S$2699 for the Intel® Core™ i7-3517U, and will be available in Singapore from November 2012.
Here are the specs:
And here is the Press Release
The World is Just a Touch Away: The New VAIO™ Duo 11
Switch instantly between slate and keyboard mode with the
notebook’s hybrid Surf Slider™ design
(SINGAPORE, 11 OCTOBER 2012) – Sony redefines the portable PC experience today with the new VAIO™ Duo 11: a high-performance, hybrid Ultrabook™ with a sliding LCD display that switches effortlessly between slate and keyboard mode.
Packing powerful technology within its sleek frame, the new VAIO™ Duo 11 puts touch and handwriting right at the heart of your Windows® 8 computing experience and allows high-precision writing with a digitiser stylus, allowing you to consume and create exciting and entertaining digital content wherever life takes you.
Compact hybrid Surf Slider™ design, big performance
The VAIO™ Duo 11 features a sliding LCD display with the new Surf Slider™ design by Sony. Slide into keyboard mode when you need to use the keyboard to work on documents and turn it over to comfortably browse the Internet, SNS (social networking service) or Windows Apps in slate mode. The VAIO™ Duo 11 is remarkably slim and light as well, measuring just 17.85mm thin and weighing approximately 1.3kg.
Despite its compact size, the VAIO™ Duo 11 possesses tremendous power and impressive battery life, essential for today’s active mobile users. The latest generation Intel® Core™ processor delivers snappy performance and impressive visuals, further enhanced by a stunningly sharp Full HD 1920×1080 11.6” OptiContrast™ Panel that not only reproduces vivid and accurate colours that is essential for any graphic intensive work, but also affords users with the flexibility of wide viewing angles.
Intelligent digitiser stylus offers pen-like precision
Creativity often starts with a few ideas jotted down on a pad of paper, and with its new digitiser stylus, Sony has successfully brought that experience to the VAIO™ Duo 11. Minimal latency means a more natural writing experience, and the screen intelligently ignores palm presses while writing, preventing distracting scribbles. Apps such as “Note Anytime for VAIO” turn the VAIO™ Duo 11 into a virtual notebook for easy on-the-fly note taking, while Active Clip™ allows users to cut out or select parts of an image and save them to a fully shareable scrapbook. During presentations, the digital stylus can also be used to write notes and comments directly onto the PowerPoint document when in slideshow mode for unprecedented interactivity.
Enjoy multimedia and social media with ease
The ‘Music’ application lets you enjoy your music collection with superb quality thanks to xLoud and ClearPhase technologies, while the ‘Album’ application makes viewing, sorting or sharing pictures and videos fun and intuitive. Both applications let you ‘throw’ or stream personal photos, video and music content to enjoy on DLNA compatible large screen TV and audio systems.
Users can also download the ‘Socialife’ app for their VAIO™ Duo 11, a unique application that organises your social and information world. View, sort and manage all your social networking services and news feeds through one stylish user interface, alongside your friends’ feeds and posts. Mark interesting articles for later reading when you’re not so busy. Based on what your friends are reading, ‘Socialife’ also points you to other popular topics and even suggests content that you might like.
The new VAIO™ Duo 11 from Sony will be sold at S$1,999 for the Intel® Core™ i5-3317U Processor and S$2699 for the Intel® Core™ i7-3517U, and will be available in Singapore from November 2012.
 This application will be available by download after VAIOTM Duo 11 on-sale date.