Vaio unveilings: Sony shows hybrid Duo 11, Tap 20 desktop PC

The Vaio lineup gets two new entries announced by Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai at the IFA event in Berlin. One can play as both laptop and tablet, while the other sits on the desktop.

The Vaio Duo 11 in its laptop mode. The device was on display at IFA 2012. Stephen Shankland/CNET

Sony bulked up its Vaio lineup with two new entries today: one a large table-top product and the other a convertible device that can toggle between a tablet and a laptop.

The hybrid is the Vaio Duo 11, which has a keyboard, but can slide between a laptop design and a tablet-like slate.

The second is the Vaio Tap 20, a 20-inch table-top PC that can be used by individuals or as a multimedia center for groups.

The devices run Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, as CNET had earlier reported .

The Vaio Duo in profile view. Stephen Shankland/CNET

The products were announced by CEO Kazuo Hirai, who was speaking at a press conference at the IFA event in Berlin. He said the products were part of Sony's strategy "to move people emotionally," and were designed to work with a family of Sony products.

The new Vaios, along with a host of other new Sony products, will have the company's unique picture and sound technology, Hirai said. He touted the company's Bravia video technology and ClearAudio+ mode sound feature.

Sony, which had lost its way for a few years in a several key gadget categories, is in the midst of a turnaround. The company is clambering back after falling behind to rival Samsung Electronics in smartphones and televisions.

For more information and Sony product news from the event, check out CNET's live blog of the company's press conference.

 

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