PC makers have been having fits over Apple’s (AAPL) MacBook Air line of ultraportable laptops. The MacBook Air took 39% of the market for slim laptops in 2012, despite Intel (INTC) and its PC partners pushing Ultrabook alternatives running Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows.
The arrival of Windows 8 and the introduction of touchscreen support for Ultrabooks changed the equation and led to a range of hybrid ultrabooks that offer laptop power with Windows 8 tablet capability, making them better able to compete against Apple’s powerhouse MacBook Air. It’s now not uncommon to see a glowing Ultrabook review — a far cry from the indifference we initially saw from most reviewers.
Sony (SNE) is going through somewhat of a resurgence of its own these days, with hits like the Playstation 4 and Xperia line of smartphones. The company also makes PCs and sent me its new Vaio Fit 15A (a hybrid Ultrabook) to try out.
While Sony hopes the new Vaio Fit 15A — part of its Flip PC line — will take a chunk of Apple’s MacBook Air sales, it’s also going up against a very popular fellow Windows 8 hybrid in the Lenovo (LNVGY) Yoga and Samsung’s (SSNLF) ATIV Q Windows 8/Android hybrid.
What are the chances SNE has a hit on it’s hands? Read our Ultrabook review to see if Sony’s Vaio Fit 15A has what it takes.