Sony has announced a Windows 8 20-inch touch-enabled tabletop PC it’s calling the VAIO Tap 20.
Featuring a unique adjustable stand that lets owners orient the device between upright and lay-flat positions, and paired with Microsoft’s touch-centricWindows 8 operating system, Sony describes the Tap 20 as “a fresh, new concept in home computing.”
The PC is targeted for use in the living room and Sony are claiming its Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 technology makes for smoother movie viewing.
They are also boasting of its audio prowess thanks to proprietary ClearAudio+ and S-Force Front Surround 3D sound.
The Tap 20’s panel carries a resolution of 1600 x 900.
As for what’s inside the Tap 20, you’ll be able to opt for an Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processor. RAM options include both 4 and 8GB configurations, with storage maxing out at 1TB.
The VAIO Tap 20 is set for release in October.
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Here are excerpts from Sony’s marketing material for the device:
Now everyone can share exciting media experiences with VAIOTM Tap 20 from Sony. It’s the fresh concept in home computing that’s a tabletop PC and so much more.
Versatile VAIOTM Tap 20 is designed to leverage the intuitive ease of Windows 8, opening up exciting new possibilities to interact with apps and your media collection.
Portable, battery-powered VAIOTM Tap 20 fits right into any living space – from bedrooms and kids’ play areas to the kitchen or garden. Lay it on a coffee table and let everyone join in games on the large multi-touch screen. Flip out the in-built stand and tilt VAIOTM Tap 20 at a comfortable angle for ‘lean back’ photo/movie editing by touch operation, browsing and entertainment. Or stand it upright and use as a fully-functioning desktop PC: it’s easy to work on documents, surf or check emails with the supplied wireless keyboard and mouse.
The 50.8 cm (20”) panel offers clear, bright images with a wide angle of view. Responsive 10-point multi-touch operation lets all the family join in simultaneously with multi-player games. Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 by Sony ensures crisp, natural movie viewing with fine details and fluid on-screen movement.
Step up to rich, powerful audio that’s a revelation after the small, weak speakers of ordinary laptops. Generously-sized stereo speakers are partnered by an on-board subwoofer that boosts low frequencies for solid, thumping bass. S-Force Front Surround 3D technologies by Sony ensure a vibrant, room-filling soundtrack – whether you’re playing games together or watching movies.
Incorporating several of Sony’s own signal processing technologies, ClearAudio+ mode lets you effortlessly enjoy audio quality that’s distinctly Sony. With one simple operation, you’ll experience sound with ultimate clarity and presence across a wide audio spectrum, from deep lows to crisp highs.
VAIOTM Tap 20 comes with a choice of apps that are optimised for the powerful multi-touch capabilities.
Family Paint lets two people draw, paint, sketch and daub simultaneously from opposite sides of the large multi-touch screen. Share the results at a touch on Facebook or Twitter. Fingertapps Organizer makes child’s play of keeping everyone’s agenda up to date. The friendly calendar view lets family members add sticky notes, scribble notes and see at a glance what everyone else is up to.
VAIOTM Tap 20 makes it easier than ever to connect with other home devices and share your content.
Through Sony’s One-touch* function, you can easily and instantaneously enjoy music and photos across an array of NFC (Near Field Communication) enabled Sony devices. Simply touch one device against another, and instantly establishing a wireless connection without the need for any Bluetooth or Wi-Fi set up. For example, it’s easy to continue listening to music stored on your VAIO through Bluetooth® headphones or speakers with One-touch function.
* One-touch by Sony incorporates Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.
You can also enjoy full access to millions of songs and themed radio channels at any time via Sony Entertainment Network’s Music Unlimited service (in selected countries).
Expand your entertainment experience even further with three new apps by Sony that are available for free download.