Futurelooks stops by GIGABYTE's private meeting suites high above the show at Taipei 101 where Nick Kanter of GIGABYTE's Taiwan Notebook division was waiting to show us the new hotness.
Two new products stuck out in our coverage including the highly anticipated S1080 BookTop and the docking M2342 notebook. Nick also showed us their power house P2532 multimedia notebook. Here's a quick rundown of what we saw.
GIGABYTE S1080 Tablet PC - Targeted as a business tablet, this product was originally seen in January at CES 2011, but was held back to perfect it a bit more. The unit features a 10.1” capacitive multi-touch screen, Windows® 7 and an Intel® Atom™ N570 dual core processor and has 320GB of built-in storage via what we believe is one of Seagates new 7.5mm thick 7200RPM drives to keep it slim.
The S1080 weighs under 0.90kg and may come equipped with a 3.5G antenna built-in in Asia, but likely not for North America. It also features a mouse-like navigation button and USB 3.0, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 1.3mp webcam seal the deal.
Included with it will be a folio carrying case which doubles as a stand and there will be optional multimedia docking station, which comes with an ODD, dual speakers, and a keyboard. An extended battery will also be available to extend the work day.
We'll be seeing this in North America soon and the target pricing for the tablet itself will be around $700 US. Accessories should be available shortly after that, but no pricing was available.
GIGABYTE M2342 Notebook - The Booktop M2432 replaces the original docking notebook from GIGABYTE, the M1405. We originally saw this at COMPUTEX 2010 and it seems like much work was done to update it internally, but it still remains relatively unchanged on the outside.
The Booktop™ M2432 now features a second generation Intel® Core™ i5/i3 Sandy Bridge processor and the docking station now features a NVIDIA® GT 440 GPU, but we're not sure if that's much of an upgrade over the INTEL IGP inside the CPU. Especially since Quick Sync offers some significant multimedia benefits.
USB 3.0 now joins the feature list and there is even an option to swap the Optical Drive for a second battery just like the original M1405. However, we still think that the slim design could be a bit more slim as it was still fairly beefy looking to us at a weight of 1.81 kg.
It's expected to launch later this Summer 2011, but pricing has not been announced.
GIGABYTE P2532 Mutlimedia Notebook - The P2532 is is a 15.6" multimedia notebook designed by GIGABYTE’s R&D team and features 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7 2630QM 2.0-2.9GHz processor with Intel® Turbo Boost. Graphics are powered by NVIDIA® GeForce® GT550M with 2GB VRAM and it even supports Optimus™ technology, which has been tough to find in more powerful notebooks with discrete GPUs onboard. Another model that wasn't shown called the P2532V features NVIDIA’s 3D Vision too.
The P2532 sports a Full HD 1920x1080 LED backlit screen, four dual-channel stereo speakers and a woofer that is enhanced with THX TruStudio Pro™ technology. A 7200rpm 500GB/750GB HDD, 4/8GB of RAM, an ultra-thin 9.5mm DVD burner, two USB 3.0 ports and HDMI polish off the specs.
The notebook should be hitting shelves within the next couple of weeks and target pricing is around $1600 US.
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