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Sony reveals Windows 8 VAIO range pricing

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Sony has held an event in Tokyo to reveal the prices of its initial range of Windows 8 VAIO devices. These incorporate laptops and all-in-one PCs.

In case you hadn’t noticed, the calendar has now flicked over into October, which means one thing for those interested in tech - Windows 8 is out this month.

This means that manufacturers should finally start giving up details on pricing. How much will it take for you to walk away with one of those intriguing new Windows 8 tablets? How about those newly touch-enable laptops?

In Sony’s case, the answer will probably be “a little more than the rest,” but until we get some point of reference from another manufacturer we can’t be sure. For now, all we know (courtesy of Engadget) is how much Sony will be charging in its native Japan for some of its early Windows 8 kit.

The Duo 11 is a clever tablet-laptop hybrid with a distinctive slider mechanism and some seriously impressive specs. We went hands-on with the device in August and were impressed by its high definition screen, but a little concerned at how squashed-up the keyboard and impractical the design was.

Duo11

Over in Japan the Duo 11 will cost ¥150,000, which works out at about £1,194 in UK money. That sounds pretty steep, but keep in mind this really isn’t a tablet. It’ll ship with a 1.7GHz i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and of course that 1,920 x 1,080 display. We’re talking Ultrabook specs here.

Moving up in size, Sony announced prices for the Tap 20 all-in-one Windows 8 PC range. There’ll be a choice of processor and RAM amount for these compact all-in-ones, resulting in three different models, but all will come with the same 20-inch  1600x900 touch display and a 1TB hard drive.

The Sony Tap 20 is notable for its ability to be folded flat, creating a tablet-like shared viewing experience. Prices will range from ¥140,000 (£1,114) to ¥180,000 (£1,433).

Tap20

Sony also used its Tokyo show to relaunch three existing VAIO models with all-new touch displays to take advantage of the Windows 8 OS. The T Series 13 Ultrabook with a Core i5-3317U CPU will cost ¥130,000 (£1,035), while the relaunched E Series 14P laptop with a Core i5-3210M CPU will set Japanese consumers back ¥150,000 (£1,194).

Finally, the 24-inch all-in-one L Series, which will boast a Core i7-3630QM CPU and a 1080p display, will go for ¥240,000 - that works out at a meaty £1,910.

All of these will be made available to Japanese customers between October 26 and November 3. Windows 8 itself launches to an expectant world on October 26.

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