Gigabyte is is entering the Windows 8 tablet fray with the Gigabyte S1082, running on an Intel Celeron CPU, largely an update of the old S1081 slate. That said, the S1082 has a faster proc, higher res display, and new touch-optimized Windows 8 as its OS.
On paper the Celeron CPU might not look so impressive; clocked at 1.1 GHz across its two cores, but one obvious area where the Celeron 847 has the edge over the higher-clocked Atom CPU family is in RAM capability; the Atom Clover Trail platform supports 2GB RAM maximum, but the Celeron architecture can address upto 8GB RAM, so Gigabyte is offering several iterations of the S1082 with anywhere from 2GB to 8GB memory, and DDR3 memory at that (the Atom chips are limited to DDR2 RAM). But don’t be fooled by the clock speeds- the Celeron, 1.1GHz or not, and without hyperthreading, still offers more than 50% better performance than any Intel Atom Z2760 chip.
Storage space on the Gigabyte S1082 is also user-determined, with an HDD up to 500GB configurable, as well as an SSD solution (256GB max).
Screen-wise the S1082 sports a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 pixel multitouch display, and Gigabyte has installed a decent set of ports – two USB-2s,VGA and HDMI connectors, LAN jack, and SD card slot. WiFi-n and Bluetooth 4 are both here, and UMTS module is an upgrade option. Weight depends on the chosen storage solution; with an SSD the S1082 comes in at around 800 grams,but with a mechanical drive that rises to 850g.
Gigabyte will shortly unveil a docking station optional add-on with more ports, stereo audio and subwoofer,and DVD rewriter.
All in all, it’s a very comrehensive package from Gigabyte, and one of he most configurable Windows 8 tablet packages we’ve seen to date. Start price estimated at $700-800.
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