When the UMPC world had a little more momentum than it does today, Sony had a few high-end offerings that stood head and shoulders above most other models in that they had some amazing engineering and used some relatively high-end CPUs. The Sony UX range had a huge fan-base and still stands on its own against competitors today. Looking at the Freestyle PC that was revealed in a Sony presentation a few days ago, I see another unique product. Is this a sub 10” slider?
‘Freestyle’ indicates multiple usage scenarios with a consumer slant. The ‘Hybrid’ part of the name indiates the same but does it go further than that? While I don’t expect a dual-CPU, I do expect the Oaktrail platform to be used to provide the Windows OS with an overlay layer. It might also include a dual-boot or fast-boot mode. It would be nice to see an Intel Android build on this to give a true hybrid usage model.
As for size, check this out. It’s the Hybrid put side-by-side with the Samsung TX100 which is a 10.1” device.
The Sony Hybrid doesn’t look like a 10”-er to me. There’s no trackpad and the ratio of thicknesses (look at the USB port on the side) and frame width compared to the screen size says 7” or 8” to me. This could be a replacement for theP11. By looking at the P11 you get a better feel for the real-world size of the Hybrid.
And here’s the 7” HTC Shift. Again, look at the port sizes.
There are no specifications available for the Sony Hybrid yet so none of my speculation can be confirmed. I look forward to it though.
Freestyle Hybrid news found via Slashgear.