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Gigabyte's 320GB Windows 7 Tablet Hits Taiwan

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 35 comments

Who needs Honeycomb or iOS when you can have a full-blown copy of Windows 7 on a tablet?

It might not be the sexiest, slimmest tablet out there but Gigabyte’s S1080 isn’t your average tablet. It’s not supposed to be a casual device for reading books and surfing the web. No, this is a 10.1-inch tablet PC with a dual-core Intel Atom N570 processor, a 320GB HDD, a full copy of Windows 7 Home Premium, support for USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and an external monitor, a mic, Gigabyte-Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and SD and 3G wireless card slots.



Gigabyte first showed off the S1080 at CES in Las Vegas this past January. However, the company remained quiet on a specific launch and price. Network World reports that this week the motherboard maker launched the tablet in the Taiwanese market, all but matching the price of the iPad -- the S1080 is NT$22,900 (US$787), while the iPad costs just a smidge less at NT$22,800 ($783).

According to NW, Gigabyte will launch the tablet in other markets next month. Elsewhere it’s reported that Gigabyte is also planning several more tablets, including a dual-boot Windows/Android device. This is due in October, while Android-only devices (a 7-inch Froyo and a 10-inch Honeycomb) will hit in July. PC World cites Senior Vice President Richard Ma as saying both of these upcoming tabs will cost less than $400 and be based on Intel Atom CPUs. Gigabyte is also planning a Windows 8 tablet for 2012.

Source: Network World, PC World

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    iam2thecrowe , April 15, 2011 2:45 AM
    this looks like it was designed to replace netbooks. Will be interesting to see how the useability pans out, but all the features are there.
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    Marco925 , April 15, 2011 2:50 AM
    I do wanna see that. looks kinda cool.

    I don't think it plays crisis...just a hunch ;) 
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    pirateboy , April 15, 2011 2:57 AM
    that's great for watching my midget pr0n on airplane trips
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    joytech22 , April 15, 2011 3:24 AM
    I wish they didn't put ATOM in everything and started using AMD's Fusion in stuff, It's faster than atom (fast enough to actually notice it) and it would overall provide a better experience.
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    ProDigit10 , April 15, 2011 3:28 AM
    Just wait until the pad craze goes away, and people actually notice they can't do without a dedicated input device like a keyboard.
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    plznote , April 15, 2011 4:11 AM
    Yeah, Fusion is tons better than Atom.
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    shreeharsha , April 15, 2011 5:57 AM
    "Gigabyte-Ethernet" means 8 Gigabit Ethernet.
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    enforcer22 , April 15, 2011 7:16 AM
    shreeharsha"Gigabyte-Ethernet" means 8 Gigabit Ethernet.


    that doesn't make any sense. Either #1 gigabyte made the network controller or #2 they meant to say gigabite which neither means 8 gigabite. The speed in Bytes is 134.21MB bites its 1.048Gb. Unless there is a new network speed standard I'm unaware of however. Of course I'm sure they do the rounding down cheat had drive makers use.

    But yeah the atom thing is why i still stay away from windows pads. which honestly always look better to me anyways then the other pads. that and i want the windows OS but i don't want atom. Rather have fusion or tegra.
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    bachok83 , April 15, 2011 7:23 AM
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    Who needs Honeycomb or iOS when you can have a full-blown copy of Windows 7 on a tablet?


    Hmm.. sometimes people keep forgetting.

    First, Windows 7 is designed to work with pointy-sharp-edged thing more commonly known as a mouse-cursor.

    Second, there are some damn good reasons why iPad1/2 and Android tabs works. Simplification!

    Don't forget, Microsoft tried once with XP tablet and all that whooplah. Didn't work did it?
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    Anonymous , April 15, 2011 7:26 AM
    i have a gigabyte m912 convertible tablet that i got for the equivalent price of $450 and I'm really happy with it. The only complaints I have is it runs too hot and has a small battery/short battery life, so I was looking forward to them releasing an AMD Fusion version with bigger batteries. That they stuck with Atom is kinda disappointing.
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    enforcer22 , April 15, 2011 7:35 AM
    bachok83Hmm.. sometimes people keep forgetting.First, Windows 7 is designed to work with pointy-sharp-edged thing more commonly known as a mouse-cursor.Second, there are some damn good reasons why iPad1/2 and Android tabs works. Simplification!Don't forget, Microsoft tried once with XP tablet and all that whooplah. Didn't work did it?



    They also had no video acceleration hardly any way of connecting to other devices and no cloud computing looming over the horizon. (like it or not Cloud is IMO what these devices are really aiming for. At least thats when we will see their full potential.) I think new tablets have a huge one up on the old days tablets. Though I'm not saying they are worth their time now for the most part. But you cant really compare the two. Yes windows is best used with a mouse. I didn't however have any issues running windows with my finger other then say right click :p 
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    Anonymous , April 15, 2011 8:08 AM
    When is someone going to partner with WACOM and make a good pressure sensitive tablet for the designers ?
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    CPU666d1 , April 15, 2011 8:55 AM
    About time they did it. Thanks to Gigabyte,we have finally got a normal operating system based tablet to use with a large enough hard drive disk. Although I do prefer Asus,I also use Gigabyte a lot also.
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    dthx , April 15, 2011 9:00 AM
    As I had used old resistive Windows XP tablets in the past, I was not very enthusiast when I bought a HP TouchSmart tm2 tablet convertible notebook for a very specific purpose (Using as GPS with SkyDemon in airplanes). I believed that I would never use this "tool" for anything else than flight planning or inflight gps ... I was wrong !
    In fact, there are some minor tweaks in Windows 7 that make it very usable in tablet mode. The checkbox nearby each file in the explorer makes it easy to select multiple files without playing with "ctrl" or "shift", pinch to zoom works almost everywhere, scrolling into the mp3 albums collection with iTunes or WMP works like a charm, the keyboard appears when needed and the capacitive display makes it very responsive.
    Even swipe gestures are supported: on the taskbar icons, swipe up on an application and you get a list of the last opened documents, same for IE with the history, swipe left or right to do back/next in IE9 or WMP...
    In fact, although I would have liked a dual boot (Windows/Android), I found out that Windows 7 never looks stupid compared to iOS or Android ... as long as we don't talk about power management ;-)
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    dthx , April 15, 2011 9:01 AM
    ... how much would a 320Gb iPad cost ? ;-)
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    back_by_demand , April 15, 2011 9:43 AM
    bachok83Don't forget, Microsoft tried once with XP tablet and all that whooplah. Didn't work did it?

    Comparing Apples and Oranges again guys.

    XP was good, 10 years ago, it has aged very badly and the only reason Win 7 hasn't taken all it's user base is the huge base of business users that don't do anything other than send emails and use office.

    Also - best thing I like about this is the fact it has a slot for a 3G card instead of being built in - face it if you buy one of these you likely will have a smartphone as well, so why shell out for a data plan for both? Just use the wifi and tethering.
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    Anonymous , April 15, 2011 11:09 AM
    ASUS Eee Slate EP121

    ...has Wacom digitiser plus capactive touch ... and a Core i5 ... bit expensive though...

    http://drexterslab.blogspot.com/2011/01/asus-eee-slate-ep121asus-tablet-android.html
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    beayn , April 15, 2011 11:55 AM
    But you can't play Angry Birds in windows :( 
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    keither5150 , April 15, 2011 12:33 PM
    beaynBut you can't play Angry Birds in windows


    Actually, you can play angry birds along with Flight control HD in windows. It's called "intel App up center" This app store offers 24 hour money back if not satisfied. I put the above mentioned apps on my 4 year old's netbook. Although tablets are neat to look at I don't think that I will ever buy one. The transformer comes the close but still needsbetter specs, more storage and windows 7.
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    back_by_demand , April 15, 2011 12:36 PM
    beaynBut you can't play Angry Birds in windows

    keither5150Actually, you can play angry birds along with Flight control HD in windows

    SHOT DOWN!!!

    Plus there are like a gazillion games that are mile better for free on Candystand, good thing Windows has no restrictions on Flash gaming websites.
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