NEC's Lavie Y has an LCD screen that flips 360 degrees, allowing it to
be used as a tablet. It was jointly developed by NEC and China's Lenovo.
Lavie Y is the first model from a Japanese manufacturer that runs
Windows RT, a version of Windows 8 for tablets. It will sell for about
90,000 yen ($1,137).
NEC's LaVie LCD screen flips 360 degrees, so that it can be used as a tablet.
will release notebooks that can also be used as tablets by sliding the
keyboard under the LCD screen. They are expected to sell for about
150,000 yen ($1,895).
Toshiba's new device has a keyboard that slides under the LCD screen for tablet use
Japan Corp. is also reportedly releasing a Windows 8 tablet with a
10-inch screen, likely selling for around 70,000 yen ($884) by the end
of the year.
Microsoft's Surface will be priced at $499 in the
U.S. market, and will compete directly with all new products if released
Whether new tablets and PCs running Windows 8 are
sufficient to turn the tide for PCs remains unclear. Domestic PC
shipments this year will grow only by 4 percent to about 16.3 million
units, according to market researcher IDC Japan.
What is certain is that price competition during the year-end shopping season in Japan will be intense.