updated 12:35 pm EST, Tue January 10, 2012
Sony shows many unreleased 2012 Windows prototypes
Sony in the aftermath of its CES 2012 opener began showing a slew of unmentioned concepts and prototypes at its booth. Among the examples was a new, mystery VAIO tablet concept behind a glass case. The new device, presumably intended to run Windows 8, had an all-rounded design with an aluminum back and a separate, illuminated, capacitive touch keyboard.
The company didn't say what would be inside the design or whether it was at all intended to lead to production hardware. Its slim design would suggest either an ARM chip, which would need Windows 8, or else a much more efficient Intel chip like the Clover Trail-based Atom due later this year.
More concrete examples came through a number of prototypes for updates to its VAIO L all-in-one desktops. One was known to be the 2012 model and would primarily upgrade the multi-touch input to support 10 fingers, which we tried in a drawing app. A Sony spokesman wouldn't give more details, but the lack of a release at CES hinted that it would be running Intel's Ivy Bridge Core processors due in the spring.
Just opposite was another VAIO L prototype using the same X-Reality media processing as Sony's existing Bravia TV sets. It could not only tune TV but do so without needing owners to boot into Windows first. It wasn't clear from conversation with Sony whether this was the same VAIO L as the 10-point touch example, although they shared the same chassis and are likely to go that route.
A VAIO ultrabook is also at the booth, although Sony again wouldn't provide much information.
Rounding out Sony's concepts was a set of existing VAIOs upgraded to Windows 8. Sony wouldn't let the media touch it despite using the well-known developer build. The PCs were there to show that Sony would be supporting Windows 8 when it could, a spokeswoman said. Windows 8 isn't expected until the second half of 2012.