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Sony makes first profit in 5 years as Windows 8 hybrid leaks

Sony has turned a profit after years of struggle -- but only by selling off a slew of its assets.

Sony has turned a profit, marking the first time in five years that the company has ended a financial year with more money than it started with.

The Japanese tech giant harvested 43bn yen (roughly £280m) in the year leading up to 31 March, the BBC reports.

While it's good news for Sony, executives within the PlayStation-maker would be wise to hold off on popping the champagne corks, as the firm's financial turnaround is actually down to flogging key assets.

Facing tough competition in the tech world, Sony has sold several buildings, including its US headquarters in New York, and relieved itself of shares, too. The current weakness of the Japanese currency is credited too, as it makes Sony's goods cheaper to buyers in other nations.

Selling those bits of the business has earned the company a profit, but doesn't paint a very realistic picture of the firm's health. Sony will be hoping that the Xperia Z and upcoming PlayStation 4 can boost its fortunes.

Meanwhile a new Sony Windows 8 tablet has surfaced online, in video form. Commenters on notebookreview's forums say the video below is an internal training clip from Dixons.

The device looks like a larger, 13-inch version of the Duo 11 that we reviewed back in October. The clip -- which features some truly unsettling background music -- teases a backlit keyboard, an 8-megapixel camera, a Full HD display and an Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM. Oh, and a 128GB solid state hard drive.

Are you intrigued? Or are you not too bothered with Windows 8? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook wall.