Sony’s refresh of its Ultrabook convertible notebook line will be slim and run for 10 hours before seeking a socket, if an alleged leaked video is to be believed.
The blurry, low-res video was reportedly leaked from a training session for employees at Dixon’s, the UK’s largest electronics retailer.
In the video, a 13-inch tablet quickly becomes a 13-inch notebook thanks to Sony’s SurfSlider slide-out keyboard, which was seen the VAIO Dual 11-inch convertible released last year.
Some tasks in the video are performed with a stylus and a number of specs for the unit are flashed on the screen.
According to the video, the unit will have an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB in solid state storage.
The hybrid’s Triluminos touchscreen display supports full HD video. An 8MP front-facing camera is built into the unit, which supports ClearAudio+ sound. The hybrid also has a backlit keyboard, supports NFC and ActiveSleep, and boasts a 10-hour battery life.
That last spec suggests that this alleged next-generation Sony convertible may be built around Intel’s next-generation Haswell processor, expected to be announced June 3 at the Computex trade show. The Sony hybrid could be announced at the show as well—assuming it truly exists.
Intel claims those chips will double the battery life of the Ultrabooks using the processor, as well as twice the graphics power. Haswell is also supposed to provide faster video coding and decoding and faster recovery from sleep mode.
Battery life has been a pain point for early hybrid notebooks and Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet, as Intel’s current-gen Core processors weren’t built with tablets in mind. Ten hours of staying power could very well help Haswell-powered hybrids like this rumored Sony slider find mainstream appeal that the first round of Windows convertibles have found frustratingly elusive.
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John Mello writes on technology and cyber security for a number of online publications and is former managing editor of the Boston Business Journal and Boston Phoenix. Disclosure: He also writes for Hewlett-Packad's marketing website TechBeacon.
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