The Sony spin-off Vaio has announced that it plans to merge with the computer divisions of its rivals Toshiba and Fujitsu as early as next month to form a Japanese "PC giant".
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There's no word on Australia yet, but new Vaio computers will be hitting United States shores — some 18 months after Sony sold off the venerable and unprofitable brand. The Wall Street Journal reports that the new, free-standing company will begin selling pricey machines at Microsoft stores this fall.
Remember Sony decided to sell off its entire PC business? Well, VAIO prototypes first shown off last year are now a reality; say hello to the VAIO Z and VAIO Z Canvas, two hybrid laptops that resurrect the flagship range in the post-Sony world.
Sony sold off its Vaio laptop and tablet PC business at the start of this year, but the Vaio name isn't dead and gone. There's a new tablet PC prototype doing the rounds, and from the little we've seen it looks beautiful.
Last year, Sony put out one of the most practical solutions to the convertible problem with its "Flip" line of laptops. Now the backflipping, keyboard-stashing, laptop-tablet hybrid lines is getting a new member: an 11-incher, that comes loaded up with Photoshop Elements 12.
Sony will tell you a lot of things about the new Vaio Pro, which replaces the Vaio Z at the top of its laptop heap. It might say that it's exceedingly light, and made from carbon fibre. Or it might say that it's got new Intel Haswell guts. But what it should really say is just this: It doesn't suck. And that's the biggest change to Sony laptops in years.