The VAIO Z Canvas is a 2-in-1 tablet with a detachable keyboard, a high-resolution display, and an active digitizer and pen for writing and drawing.

VAIO, which is also known as the company that used to be Sony’s PC division, unveiled the Vaio Z Canvas in February. Now it’s about to go on sale in Japan, where it should hit stores May 29th.

But VAIO also plans to re-enter the US market: the company says the VAIO Z Canvas is coming to the United States in the fall of 2015.

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The VAIO Z Canvas features a 12 inch, 2560 x 1704 pixel display and supports up to an Intel Core i7 Haswell processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of storage.

It runs Windows 8.1 Pro software, features Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI and mini DisplayPort, two USB 3.0 ports, and TPM security.

All told, the Vaio Z Canvas seems like the company’s answer to the Microsoft Surface Pro line of tablets. But it makes the Surface Pro 3 look cheap: Prices in Japan are expected to start at 249,800 yen for a model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. That’s over $2,000 US.

It’s likely that the VAIO Z Canvas will be cheaper when it officially launches in the US this fall. Most computers are cheaper in the States than in Japan. But if Sony wants to compete with the Surface 3 Pro’s $799 starting price, the company will probably need to cut some specs… although it’s worth noting that the starting price for a Surface Pro 3 doesn’t include the optional keyboard cover.

via PC Watch


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6 replies on “VAIO Z Canvas hits Japan, coming to the US this fall”

  1. Sad that they didn’t use Broadwell-H in this considering the price is so high…

  2. This is worth the price. Its the only tablet in the world that comes with Quad i7 Cpu and Iris Pro 5200 graphics. Dual PCIe M.2 SSD Slot.

  3. Oh, hell. Was going to get a Surface. Might have to wait for this, lol.

  4. This is not really meant to compete with Surface Pros — it comes with a quad core processor with 47W TDP. Much more powerful than the Macbook Pro Retina 13″ line. It’s pretty amazing piece of hardware, considering it only weighs 1.2kg!

  5. Love my Vaios, would love them to come back to the US. Still loving my Duo 13. But yes, price . . . ouch. And by that time we will see what the Surface Pro 4 has to offer which I’m really looking forward to.

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