GIGABYTE's new Windows 7-based slate offers the touch functions of a tablet and the traditional input means of a desktop.
Tuesday prior to CES 2011, GIGABYTE announced the S1080, a 10.1-inch slate (not tablet) powered by Intel's Atom N550 dual-core processor and Windows 7. Although the company didn't specify a pricetag or release timeframe, the slate will be one of the many products GIGABYTE will display at the show this week.
The company said that the new slate weighs just under two pounds and comes packed with a 10.1-inch capacitive multi-touch TFT-LCD screen sporting a 1024 x 600 resolution. Other features include a 320 GB HDD, USB 3.0, a built-in VGA port for hooking up an external monitor or projector, 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, a 1.3MP webcam and more.
GIGABYTE also said that the slate offers the best of both worlds. The combination of Windows 7 and the capacitive multi-touch display makes finger-based navigation both fun and a breeze thanks to the on-screen keyboard and handwriting recognition software. However those who want to take the traditional approach can skip the touchy-feely aspect and use the tablet's navigator button and left and right mouse buttons to navigate through the OS.
"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."
Stay tuned for pricing and availability.