While the rest of the laptop manufacturing world may be showing off their Ultrabooks, it seems as if Sony is being a bit more circumspect. The Japanese giant does have an Ultrabook on the CES show floor but it was behind glass and is only a concept design at the moment.
The Sony Vaio Ultrabook will be coming in 2012 but as for when, we’re just going to have to wait and see. As you can see from the photos the Vaio Ultrabook will have the full flat design that we saw on the Vaio Z and will have decent connectivity including a VGA port, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports as well as Ethernet, HDMI and a card reader.
The reference design doesn’t look too much different from the Sony Vaio Z we saw last year and that’s no bad thing. But the concept Ultrabook is not the only laptop concept Sony is teasing us with.
The Sony Slate is the type of device we love seeing. Completely ridiculous but brilliant all in the one go. The Slate is a combination of touchscreen tablet and touch keyboard. The most intriguing aspect however is the rear of the tablet which can can be transformed from a flat surface into a stand to prop the tablet up on.
What type of material is used or what mechanism is employed to transform the tablet is being kept under wraps for the moment but despite a complete lack of information we are certainly intrigued by the concept – though we may never even see it again.
The final concept design on show was the Sony Hybrid which, unlike the Slate, has every chance of becoming a real product. The Hybrid is like the Eee Pad Slider from Asus in that it’s a tablet with a slide out keyboard. Indeed this couple be seen running Ivy Bridge processors later this year as it look a lot like the reference convertible Ultrabooks demoed by Intel at CES.
Looking at it behind glass it certainly seems like a very sleek device with a slim profile even with the keyboard hidden. There will also be the option of using a stylus with the touchscreen though what type of stylus is not know.
While Sony may not have had a working Ultrabook on display at CES it gave us enough enticing products for the future to keep us happy.
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