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Gigabyte Offers New Windows 7 Atom-Based Slate

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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.

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    Bolbi , January 7, 2011 8:37 PM
    It includes a VGA output but not an HDMI connector? Wasn't there an article recently about VGA being phased out in a few years?!?
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    pacioli , January 7, 2011 8:43 PM
    greghomeLemme guess, Windows 7 Home Basic..... ?and not Ultimate

    Why on earth would you put Windows 7 Ultimate on a tablet?
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    mtyermom , January 7, 2011 8:51 PM
    It's a slate!
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    jimsocks , January 7, 2011 8:59 PM
    put hdmi port, add more usb ports, upgrade to higher res screen. these people need to hire me
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    joytech22 , January 7, 2011 9:01 PM
    Instead of Atom, couldn't they have used the AMD APU instead? more bang for your buck compared to any atom solution with comparable power usage with it's GPU and all..
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    chickenhoagie , January 7, 2011 9:26 PM
    BolbiIt includes a VGA output but not an HDMI connector? Wasn't there an article recently about VGA being phased out in a few years?!?

    yeah why VGA? I do like the USB ports, especially with the ability to plug in and use an actual keyboard if need be..Other than that it seems like it'd be a cool slate.

    jimsocksput hdmi port, add more usb ports, upgrade to higher res screen. these people need to hire me

    higher resolution may not always be the solution for slates..tapping things with your finger could become more difficult in that case
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    christop , January 7, 2011 9:33 PM
    Like the stats whats the price???
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    razor512 , January 7, 2011 10:00 PM
    Atom CPU's also have a GPU (but they really suck just like the built in AMD ones)

    Most of these tablets will suck, all of them seem to but in the laptop price range. Why would you spend a laptop price for a device that has lower specs in all aspects?

    I personally would not go over $200 for a atom based tablet pc.
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    rwpritchett , January 7, 2011 10:04 PM
    Quote:
    ...a 10.1-inch slate (not tablet)...
    What's the difference???
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    Camikazi , January 7, 2011 11:23 PM
    rwpritchettWhat's the difference???

    guessing Tablets are thin like ultra portables and Slates are thicker with more powerful HW and more ports and stuff?
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    restatement3dofted , January 7, 2011 11:39 PM
    rwpritchettWhat's the difference???


    There used to be more of a distinction between x86-based "Tablet PCs," which were specifically designed to be PCs that had touch-screen inputs, but nevertheless ran full (or modified) desktop operating systems (like Windows 7 in this case), and "tablets" that were non-x86-based mobile systems, like the iPad, which specifically use a non-desktop operating system (iOS, Android, etc.). I'm not sure the distinction really has all that much significance anymore, but I imagine that in this case, "slate" is being used to refer to the category of mobile touchscreen computers that use a desktop operating system, as opposed to the category of designated "tablets," which are pretty much glorified, giant smartphones which use non-x86 operating systems.
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    jkflipflop98 , January 8, 2011 6:29 AM
    Price.
    Performance.
    Quality.

    You only get to pick 2.
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    maxh2 , January 8, 2011 6:58 AM
    chickenhoagie higher resolution may not always be the solution for slates..tapping things with your finger could become more difficult in that case


    You can change the size of text and icons, so tapping things should never be a problem. I'm all for higher res.
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    dEAne , January 8, 2011 7:17 AM
    pretty good timing hope the price too is good.
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    damianrobertjones , January 8, 2011 11:41 AM
    Ok, here are a few things to consider:

    If you buy a tablet with Windows 7, PLEASE buy one with an SSD. The added overhead of 'Touch', along with all the other rubbish people install literally cripples the machine. If an SSD drive can rescue an Archos 9 from being the slowest Tablet out there, you get the message.

    1024 x 600 is not enough. Neither is 1280x600 or anything x600. The 'best' tablet resolution would be anything above 1024x768, x768 being the important factor. Why? If you increase the display DPI to 125%, which dramatically improves the size of windows and options, on a x600 device a whole load of information hangs off of the screen. Great. Thanks for that.

    When you have a x768 device, all boxes are larger than normal, fit on the screen and when you change desktop icons to large, you have a VERY easy to use tablet. 1024 x 768 should be a minimum. Heck, even Dell with it's Duo has set DPI to be 125% so I'm sure the others will eventually catch on.

    An Atom N550 will be fast enough to run windows 7 just fine, as LONG as the thing has an SSD drive and a few tweaks here and there, but, no-one should really expect people to 'tweak' devices to make them better (Then again, people learn how to jailbreak easy enough so why not learn how to tweak Win7)

    Windows 7 Embedded standard: Look it up! (Not to be confused with WIndows 7 CE)

    P.s. I've owned a whole load of tablets over the years and currently own an Asus R2h, HP 2740p, a random China oem tablet and selling a viewsonic Viewpad 10 :) 
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    ProDigit10 , January 8, 2011 5:42 PM
    I wish they offered it to me!
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    dilbert , January 9, 2011 2:17 AM
    Being called "S1080" I expected it to have a "Full-HD" screen.
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    fuzzyplankton , January 9, 2011 5:31 AM
    Only a VGA port probably because atoms can run HD video anyway with out special hardware.
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    icemunk , January 9, 2011 9:57 AM
    I don't like the idea of a tablet with moving parts (IE an HDD)
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    outlw6669 , January 9, 2011 11:08 AM
    BolbiIt includes a VGA output but not an HDMI connector? Wasn't there an article recently about VGA being phased out in a few years?!?

    Unfortunately this is a restriction of Intel's Atom platform and not an oversite.
    Until Intel updates the NM10 PCH or manufacturers start using AMD's Fusion platform we are stuck with VGA external display output or none at all..