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Gigabyte launches “new” convertible, “iPad-like” slate to come

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Digitimes reports that Gigabyte is rolling out a new convertible notebook with 11.6-inch touchscreen. But questions arise as to whether it is actually new or a rename. Also, a more “iPad-like” tablet is in the works.

Liliputing picked up the story and immediately noted the supposedly new T1125 sounds suspiciously similar to the M1125 released earlier this year (shown at right), also a convertible with 11.6″ display. I’m not familiar with Gigabyte’s naming convention, but I’d guess they are the same basic device aimed at different markets. For example, Toshiba used the same body for both the Satellite R25 and Tecra M7 but different internal configurations to differentiate them for the consumer and business markets, respectively. I’d be surprised and disappointed if it was a straightforward rename.

It was further noted that, in response to downward trending netbook demand, Gigabyte is working on an “iPad-like” tablet for the end of this year or early next. That indicates a slate form factor, but whether they switch to another OS, such as Android, or stick with Windows is unknown.

Update: Got back from lunch to read the comment from my friend Nicole Scott and saw that NetbookNews.com has dug up specs on the T1125, which will be released with two sets of options (basically, under-the-hood differences of processor speed, graphics and storage). They also have a photo of the dock, which can rotate 90 degrees. Pop over for the details.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com

3 Comments

  1. NicoleScooter

    09/29/2010 at 9:08 am

    Great post my friend!

    I’ve actually got my hands on scheduled for when I get back to Taipei after CTIA!!! I’m pretty excited about this one! When I had my hands on the non working version at computex it felt pretty solid!

    • Sumocat

      09/29/2010 at 10:47 am

      Thank you, my friend Nicole Scott. I look forward to that. Also, I see you guys have added info on this (and no author credit? How will I know which posts are from my friend, Nicole Scott?). I’ll update.

  2. Brett Gilbertson

    09/30/2010 at 5:49 am

    Had a play with the Gigabyte T1000 multi touch today, it is a good improvement over the M1028. I think gigabyte do a deont job of these touch screen tablets.

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