Gigabyte is said to have some tablets in their labs, and well, they just took one out to Computex Taiwan 2011 for a walk. Gigabyte has announced their 7-inch Windows 7 tablet called the S1080.
The tablet has a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen display. It has a resolution of 1024 x 600, and also comes equipped with a built-in VGA port, which allows users to hook up an external monitor or projector whenever a larger display is needed.
It’s powered by Intel Atom N570 and comes with 2GB of DDR3 memory and 320GB hard drive. Yes, that’s a 2.5-inch, 5400rpm SATA hard disk in a tablet. Weighing under 0.90kg (1.98lb), the S1080 is both sleek and light (though it’s nothing compared to Samsung’s super slim Galaxy Tab tablet).
“The S1080 is designed to be the ultimate mobile device to fit the demanding needs of consumers who need a high-performing multitasking slate that offers the full productivity of a PC,” said Stephen Lee, Sales Director at GIGABYTE Notebooks. “With the S1080, users now have constant access to all their business needs including email, internet and other important applications.”
The 10.1” capacitive multi-touch display featuring the Windows 7 on-screen keyboard and handwriting recognition software makes navigating the display by fingertips both fun and a breeze. Or, for a more traditional PC approach, users can navigate the display using the navigator button and left and right mouse buttons to easily move the cursor around the screen to conveniently access applications and edit documents.
Other features include a USB 2.0 port, USB 3.0 port, SD card reader, RJ-45 jack, 1.3 megapixel webcam, 4,000mAh battery, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11n WiFi, and 3.5G modem.
If the S1080 doesn’t interested you, then maybe its accompanying multimedia dock will. Like similar offerings from competitors, Gigabyte’s version adds stereo speakers, VGA output, three USB 2.0 ports, and audio line-in to the tablet. But the real zinger here is the front-loading optical drive, which is a rare sight on docking stations these days.
Oh, and if the built-in 4,000mAh battery isn’t enough for you, there’s also an optional 2.700mAh battery bar that hooks onto the bottom of the tablet. Expect the S1080 to hit US markets in June for around $700, with the yet-to-be-priced dock to follow later on in the summer; thought the thing is already available in Taiwan.