You know, ever since Sony decided to sell off its VAIO PC division almost two years ago, we haven’t really heard anything about those computers. Sure, they may have shown up at trade shows, but no real products have washed upon our North American shore until now. That’s changed with the arrival of the VAIO Z Canvas, a 2-in-1 convertible tablet PC that’s clearly being targeted at the higher end of the market.

If you didn’t know that Sony was no longer involved with the VAIO brand, you’d swear that the VAIO Z Canvas was still a Sony product. It still carries forward many of the design cues and build quality for which the brand stood for so many years. In this instance, you get a 12.3-inch 2560 x 1704 resolution display (that’s 3:2 aspect ratio) showing you the new Windows 10 experience through 95% of the Adobe RGB color gamut. It’s kind of like the iPad Pro, but not running on iOS. It could also be seen as competing against the Surface Pro series from Microsoft.

In fact, this isn’t just any old large tablet with a detachable keyboard. There’s also a stylus, perhaps leading to the VAIO Z Canvas name, so all you creative folks can do whatever it is that you like to do with a stylus.

VAIO Z Canvas 2-in-1 Convertible Tablet Marks Return to America

The detachable keyboard accessory doesn’t really “attach” to the tablet in any sort of traditional sense of the word, because the connection is wireless and there’s no physical “dock” to speak of. You could put the tablet on your desk and plop the keyboard on your lap if you want. Around the back is a kickstand, understandably, so you can prop this thing up wherever you please. There are no preset locking points for the kickstand, offering you near infinite adjustability.

VAIO Z Canvas 2-in-1 Convertible Tablet Marks Return to America

The hardware specs for the VAIO Z Canvas are just as high-end as you would expect in a device like this. There’s the Core i7 Haswell chip, 8GB to 16GB of RAM, 256GB to 1TB of internal storage, a couple of USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, and an SD card slot. Pricing starts at $2,199, including the keyboard and stylus, going up to over $3,000 for the top-end SKU. It hits shelves on Monday.


Via The Verge

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