The VAIO Z Canvas might be one of the most expensive Windows tablets on the market… but it’s also one of the most powerful.
The $2,199 tablet features a 12.3 inch, 2560 x 1704 pixel IPS display, an Intel Core i7-4770HQ processor, Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics, an active digitizer and pen, and Microsoft Windows 10 software.
VAIO launched the tablet in Japan earlier this year, after spinning off as a separate company from Sony. Now the Vaio Z Canvas is available for pre-order in the US, where it’s expected to start shipping in October.
An entry-level model has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state storage. If that’s not good enough for you, there are pricier options:
- 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for $2,599
- 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage for $3,099
While the starting price is nearly 3 times the cost of an entry-level Microsoft Surface pro 3, it’s worth noting that a Surface Pro 3 with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage sells for $1549. Microsoft’s tablet also uses a less powerful Core i7 processor and the price doesn’t include a keyboard, which is sold as a separate accessory.
In other words, the VAIO Z Canvas may not exactly be cheap… but the price isn’t entirely out of line when compared with other devices on the market, especially when you consider the fact that VAIO’s tablet has a full-sized Ethernet jack, HDMI and DisplayPort (for connecting up to two 4K monitors), and full-sized SD card and USB ports.
On the other hand, the Surface Pro 3 is about to become old news… Microsoft is expected to launch its successor at an event in October.