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Gigabyte Announces Two Windows 8 Tablets

Gigabyte revealed a pair of Windows 8 tablets during CES: the 11.6-inch S1185 and the 10.1-inch S1082.

The Taiwan-based computer hardware manufacturer's S1185 tablet sports an HD IPS display supporting 1080p, with the device being powered by a third generation Intel Ivy Bridge processor, as well as supporting up to 256 GB of solid state drive.

Also included is a 5-megapixel rear camera and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera. Ports consists of support for VGA and HDMI, which is accompanied by USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, as well as a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 3.5G WWAN antenna.

The S1185 will launch with a kickstand, with the tablet able to connect to an optional keyboard dock in order to fully utilize Windows 8 Pro's desktop mode. An "optical finger navigation" sensor has also been incorporated: the sensor is a small circle situated on the right side of the tablet, which, when held in landscape position, delivers the ability for mouse control.

The S1082 is powered by a Windows 8 Pro on a 1.1GHz Intel dual-core processor, joined by a 500 GB hard drive. A smaller solid state drive will also be available. The same optical finger navigation sensor found in the S1185 has been integrated, along with both right and left mouse buttons.

As for connectivity, it includes VGA, HDMI and ethernet ports, in addition to slots and support for USB 2.0, SD card, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 3.5G WWAN antenna.

While pricing details has yet to be unveiled, Gigabyte confirmed a February release for the S1082, while the S1185 is scheduled for a late March launch.

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