Gigabyte unveils touch-sensitive, twistable netbooks
Quartet of Atom-based tablets shown off
Gigabyte has launched a four-strong range of netbooks with twistable, tablet-style touchscreens.
Gigabyte's netbook, with a twist
Images courtesy of SlashGear
The machines were unveiled by the firm at the ongoing CeBit show in Germany where, according to various online reports, Gigabyte said the M1028M and M1028G models of the 10.1in machine will have netbook-standard 1024 x 600 displays. However, the M1028X and M1028P models will have screens that sport a 1366 x 768 resolution.
All four will be loaded with a 1.67GHz Intel Atom N280 processor and come with 1GB of DDR 2 memory – expandable to 2GB. Intel’s 945GSE chipset will also be included on all models, with the exception of the M1028P – which will have an "HD-capable" chipset.
Touch-sensitive display, anyone?
A 160GB hard drive will be slotted into each machine, as will Wi-Fia/b/g and Bluetooth 2.1. An ExpressCard slot and three USB ports will also feature on all of the models, which come pre-loaded with Windows XP.
Launch dates or potential prices haven’t been supplied yet. ®
If this is priced like a netbook (~£300), it would be absolutely brilliant. I'd definitely get one and retire my HP TC1100.
Pens are, like, SO 2004...
Isn't this ment to be the flagship product sporting the new gOS Cloud?
I'm guessing that a jumped up BIOS based browser isn't work a look in.
Don't hold your breath
I waiting nearly six months last year from the "release date" to get my hands on an M912, Gigabyte's exciting new touch-screen netbook (sound familiar?). In the end, I gave up and bought an Acer Aspire One.
I think the M912 arrived in the end, but I only ever saw it for sale one supplier, where it was rarely in stock. They were also charging double the price of any other netbook.
I'd love to get hold of one of these new machines, but I'd advise anyone salivating over them not to hold their breath.
Not sure I see the point...
Not sure I see the point of the twist. If you can twist it right round and use it as a touch screen tablet then that's handy - but if you're twisting just a few degrees left or right you won't be able to get to some of the keys on the keyboard (see the pic).
Wrong OS for a netbook. Again.
Even if I wanted Windows, why would I want an OX that will be EoL'd soon?