We’ve seen a lot of laptop ideas come and go over the years. One that seems to periodically resurface is the slider, a device that can function as a laptop in normal mode, or it can slide all the way open until the display sits on top of the keyboard and it’s in tablet mode. ASUS had the Eee PC Slider SL101 last year, but they seem to be leaving that behind and going more with the Transformer design for 2012. Sony had their own slider tablet/laptop concept on display at their booth, including a stylus to go along with the device. The hybrid system was behind glass and as a concept there’s no information on the hardware or software running inside the chassis, but for those interested in something other than the standard tablets, let Sony know you like their concept—or not.

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  • secretmanofagent - Saturday, January 14, 2012 - link

    Am I understanding the sliding mechanism in that the screen would be exposed? I would be curious what sort of protection system they would envision working to protect the device when it's not in use. A sleeve perhaps?
  • adendanielson - Sunday, January 15, 2012 - link

    I really like Sony slider concept pretty much. I think it's one of the coolest device released by Sony. Slider concept main attraction is for me its requirement and incredible display. Thanks a lot.
  • Kiji - Sunday, January 15, 2012 - link

    How width is it ? 9'' ?
  • JarredWalton - Sunday, January 15, 2012 - link

    10.1" diagonal I think -- just a concept, though, so let's not get too excited. :)
  • jah1subs - Monday, January 16, 2012 - link

    Using Asus' language for model names, I see Sliders and Transformers having different, but overlapping applications.

    I say this because I believe that converting back and forth between the tablet/touch and notebook/keyboard modes on a slider is less error prone than it is on a transformer. As a salesperson, I would be much more interested in carrying a slider than a transformer with me. While driving, I can leave the slider sitting out in tablet/touch mode and easily look at email and other new work information on it when I stop. When I arrive somewhere with a chair and a table, I can most easily switch back to notebook/keyboard mode to respond to email and other new information.

    As the article says, current experience with transformers shows that they are preferred over sliders on Android. This makes sense because most of Android's use from all accounts seems to be for media use.

    Since I believe that my preferences would be representative of many prospective users of a Windows 8 slider, it seems reasonable that Sliders will be more popular, maybe much more popular on Windows 8 than they have been on Android.

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