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.