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CES 2012 | Sony shows off Hybrid, Slate notebook prototypes

Sony takes a spin at the concept of notebook and tablet hybrids with two work-in-progress prototypes

Sony is no stranger to publically displaying its work-in-progress and conceptual devices. This year’s CES is no different as the Japanese conglomerate showed two of its products still in in its initial stages.

First up is the Hybrid, a small but ultrathin device that looks not all that different from the Asus Transformer tablet, complete with the Chiclet keyboard. We imagine that the user will be able to detach the display portion for use as a tablet, but the hinges suggest otherwise as it appears to prevent the monitor from swiveling.

The other prototype is the Slate, a “notebook” in a sense that there is a keyboard and display, but without any physical connection between them. Through wireless means, the user would be able to pick up the display and use it as if it were a tablet. The back of the Slate can even be pushed or pulled for a makeshift stand as needed. The exaggerated round edges, keys and corners certainly make the Slate a standout in terms of recognition.

Unfortunately, Sony did not provide any additional info on either concept models, so details like specs and prices are still out of the question. Although in our eyes, the Hybrid seemed fairly complete and somewhat ready for launch by the time Windows 8 rolls around. Hopefully this won’t be the last time we’ll see these prototypes from Sony.

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Allen Ngo, 2012-01-11 (Update: 2012-05-26)