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Vaio shows off its first device after splitting from Sony

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Is there life after Sony?

Sony Vaios are no more. But that doesn't leave us without any new laptops. Here's the first Vaio device since Sony sold the brand.

It's a 12.3-inch laptop-cum-tablet. Like many hybrids, its keyboard detaches so you can use it as a standalone slate PC. It has a stand to prop it up, and a Vaio-branded stylus for writing and doodling on the screen. But then attach the keyboard, and you can bash out business missives to your heart's content.

It's only a prototype, though Vaio has said it would cost around 200,000 yen (£1,146). Which isn't cheap.

But then it is aimed at creative professionals. Vaio is positioning it as a do-all device for illustrators, photographers and the like. Considering Hasselblad cameras cost north of £20,000, this would be a drop in the ocean.

The screen has a 2,560x1,704-pixel resolution, which sounds pretty stellar. Inside is an Intel Haswell quad-core chip with Iris graphics.

It hasn't said whether it will ever go on sale, though it will introduce new devices in Japan in May next year.

Sony sold the Vaio brand to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) earlier this year, after demand for its PCs dropped. Instead, the company will focus on making smartphones and tablets. And judging by its recent handsets, it's doing a very good job so far.

It'll be interesting to see whether Vaio sinks or swims without Sony's involvement.

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