CES 2014 | Sony brings a smaller model to the VAIO Flip convertible line - the Flip 11A
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Sony's Flip line is one of the most interesting hybrids we've seen so far, as it avoids the flimsy joints or awkward design choices that plague most products in the class. With the Flip 11A, Sony moves a little closer to the tablet end of the spectrum.
The 11A features an 11.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display, an Intel Pentium N3520 Bay Trail processor (upgradable up to an Intel Core i7), 4 GB of RAM, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, a full-sized HDMI port, a full-sized SD card slot, and an N-Trig digitizer.
Previous Flip models received mixed review mostly due to the large sizes (13-, 14- and 15-inche displays) and middling battery life. The newest Flip is smaller and weighs about 2.8 pounds. This certainly not light by tablet standards, but is quite good for a convertible that doesn't leave the keyboard (or the ports) behind. If Sony manages to give their newest gadget reasonable battery life, the new Flip could finally be the solution hybrid buyers have been looking for.
The VAIO Flip 11A will start shipping in February. Prices start at US$799.