Sony confirms intention to sell its VAIO brand to JIP

Sony has just delivered the news release confirming that they are going to transfer their VAIO brand PC business to the Tokyo-based investment fund, Japan Industrial Partners, Inc (JIP).

No details were released regarding the monetary value of the deal. There was also no mention of any joint venture or dual ownership of a holding company with JIP for the VAIO PC business.

Yesterday, we shared the report that Sony might be doing something to offload its VAIO brand, however we didn't expect that it would be unveiled so soon.

According to the press release, Sony and JIP will conclude the formal contract by the end of this March.

Sony also announced that they will begin to put increased focus on their smartphone and tablet business after transferring the PC business. Also, they mentioned that regarding TVs, their focus will be on the high-end, value-add end of the business.


 

 

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"VAIO Tap 11" is a 9.9mm ultra-thin 11.6 inch Windows tablet featuring the "OmniBalance design" found in the "Xperia" series. It will be released from Sony on November 1st.

In this thin body, there are full PC functionalities such as 4th generation intel Core processor, touch/digitizer pen functionality, full HD display (1,920×1,080 dots), high-performance camera, and a built-in stand to allow it to stand on its own, etc.

Among VAIO's new spring 2014 models, Sony announced that they are going to release VAIO Fit 11A, which is a Windows 8.1 11.6-inch full HD transformational tablet PC for about ¥130,000 on February 22.

VAIO Fit 11A is the smallest model in the VAIO Fit series. It has the same features as the VAIO Fit 13A/14A/15A released in their 2013 autumn & winter model lineup.

 

One of Sony's most remarkable new products for 2013 Autumn and Winter is the notebook PC "VAIO Fit A" series.

It features a multi-flip hinge located at the middle of the top of the panel. By rotating the panel center around the hinge, it can be used in 3 ways: "Keyboard mode" when you want to use it just as a regular notebook PC, "View mode" that allows the screen to face toward other people, for example when you give a presentation, and "Tablet mode".

 

Yoriko Takahashi - April 25, 2014

Sony is now providing free repairs for their 11.6-inch full HD transformable tablet PC VAIO Fit 11A, released in February.

It was found that a defect occurs in its battery pack: there is a chance to burn the PC when the battery pack is overheated. As of April 23, Sony received 4 burnout reports so far both domestically and abroad.

The free repairs apply to the following 3 models:

Today, newborn VAIO Corporation announced the first release of 3 new notebook PC models "VAIO Pro 11", "VAIO Pro 13", and "VAIO Fit 15E".

VAIO Corporation started taking orders of these new models for individual users today, and they will start taking the orders for companies on August 4.

VAIO Pro 11 and VAIO Pro 13

On July 1 at 3pm, new company - VAIO Corporation - was established after Sony completed transferring their VAIO brand PC business to the Tokyo-based investment fund, Japan Industrial Partners, Inc (JIP).

On their big day, VAIO Corporation unveiled 3 new PC models and started accepting the advanced orders as well. We will talk about specs and appearances of those new models later.