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Gigabyte's 320GB Windows 7 Tablet Hits Taiwan

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 5 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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    archange , 15 April 2011 15:06
    And so, the Year of the Tablet moves on.
    I, personally am considering such a device. If it does dual boot (W7 - Droid) all the better. I'm curious about battery life though.
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    Zingam , 15 April 2011 16:35
    LOL!!! Well it might be useful for some business applications like downloading data from data loggers installed on site but as a multimedia home device this is a fail.
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    acer0169 , 15 April 2011 16:51
    Battery life will be total bollocks just like the rest of these powerful tablets. I got myself an Archos 101 a few weeks ago (android) and okay, it hasn't as many features, performance or input/output ports as this, but it was £220 ($360) and has a 10 hour battery life. Worth a look.
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    tinnerdxp , 15 April 2011 20:02
    Agree with Acer0169 - was planning on buying 101 as well - but decided to wait for new Samsungs and Xoom price drops... I reckon "powerful" tablets is complete bollocks - as they will basically be too big and heavy for comfortable use. Another missed opportunity if you ask me - if you have to make it thick - use the space for battery, Arm CPU and memory - who will use the VGA output on this? It's simply ridiculous.
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    LePhuronn , 16 April 2011 00:02
    I was quite excited until I read "Atom" - perhaps Zacate or Llano would do a better job?

    Hmmm, might not be able to wait - tablet testing in work is going very well and the boss is looking at going for it, so it could be Asus Transformer after all.