Gigabyte is readying thier Windows 8 line up of Ultrabooks and they are coming in a variety of sizes and they’ve even got an convertible thrown in for good measure. Their Windows 8 line up starts off with the 10.1″ S1082 which is a descendant of the S1081 which we’ve reviewed, followed by the U2142 an 11.6″ Convertible & the largest being the 14″ U2442.
Taking a closer look the S1082 it doesn’t look like they’ve changed the chassis design at all, so the upgrades are all under the hood. We’re now seeing a 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron 847 dual core processor, a 1366 x 768 pixel capacitive multitouch display. Connectivity wise we’ve got 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, and an SD card slot along side 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 with option to throw in 3G if you’re feeling frisky.
You’ve also got option to throw in between 2 and 8GB of storage and up to 500GB hard drive an SSD up to 256GB. With an SSD it weighs in at 1.75 pounds and the heavier hard drive is 1.87 pounds.
The optional docking station that adds a DVD drive as well as two speakers and a subwoofer.
CNET reports the tablet will have a starting price somewhere between $599 and $799.
Here is the press release if you’re keen to learn about their entire line up:
GIGABYTE Launches Variety of Innovative Windows 8 Products
Powerful Windows 8 Slate, Convertible Ultrabook, Extreme Ultrabook, and Gaming
GIGABYTE, a rising brand in the notebook industry, launched an array of notebooks and a tablet with fabulous functions and powerful specifications. Each GIGABYTE model is highlighted by the number of ports that is available to give the user complete convenience, sleek innovative design, and Global warranty for a complete peace of mind. By launching a slate S1082, a Convertible Ultrabook U2142, a high performance Ultrabook U2442, and two high-end Gaming Notebooks – P2542/P2742; GIGABYTE has expanded its line and range of notebooks.
Introducing the all new Slate S1082 and Convertible Ultrabook U2142
Powered by the latest Intel® dual-core processor, the S1082 is an exceptional mobile device to enhance and increase mobile productivity. With Windows 8, a large storage HDD (up to 500GB), and multiple connectivity ports, the S1082 is a powerful tool for work and play. With its excellent design and useful accessories, including a keyboard kit and the D1080 multimedia docking station, the S1082 has exceptional versatility and can be used as a slate, a notebook and even an entertainment center.
The 11.6-inch Convertible Ultrabook U2142 comes with Windows 8 or Windows 8 Professional. With convertible multi-touch screen, the convertible notebook can easily be transformed into a tablet. With the latest 3rd generation Intel® Core™ Processor, multiple connectivity ports, and dual storage system this innovative and contemporary design is guaranteed to make its prominence felt in the PC industry.
Sleek Ultrabook with Ultra Performance
With a sleek form factor and weighing just 1.57kg, the U2442 is exceptionally designed with an elegant shuttle streamline-design. Powered by 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors and NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M / GT 640M discrete graphics reaching 3DMark Vantage at 9,587 points this Ultrabook has been designed to bring you ultra-performance. The dual air vent design efficiently eliminates heat and keeps noise to a minimum, effectively keeping the notebook from overheating. It also boasts an automatic light sensing backlit keyboard that adjusts the brightness and allows ease of typing even under low light conditions.
Powerful Blu-ray Gaming Notebook
The P2542G is a premium gaming notebook that packs incredible power into a sleek form factor to give consumers the ultimate mobility for gaming. The P2542G features a powerful 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7-3610QM Quad-Core processor and an impressive NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660M GPU with GDDR5 2GB VRAM. The P2542G also has a 1080p Full HD display, Blu-ray Rewritable Drive, THX TruStudio Pro™, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, either a high-performing 7200rpm HDD or a speedy SSD, HDMI and more.
The 17-inch P2742G is the complete high-end gaming notebook for gamers. It packs a punch with a blazingly-fast 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7 Quad-Core processor and a powerful NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660M GDDR5 2GB gaming level GPU that delivers a full throttle gaming experience. Featuring 2 bays for storage, the P2742G provides huge storage capacity up to 2TB and supports superior RAID 0 Technology for lightning speed performance. The P2742G has 1080p Full HD display, THX TruStudio Pro™ Technology, a Blu-ray Combo Drive*, USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 to create an incredible gaming environment. Complete with powerful features and amazing performance, the P2742G stands out as the unrivalled gaming notebook.