updated 05:05 pm EST, Tue March 3, 2009
Gigabyte debuts at CeBit
As promised, Taiwan-based Gigabyte came fully prepared to CeBIT in Germany, unveiling no less than one notebook, three new netbooks and a dock for one of them. The Gigabyte Touch Note M1028 has a 10.1-inch touchscreen that swivels, and all four variations are powered by Intel's newer 1.66GHz Atom N280 processor. The 160GB hard drive is pre-loaded with Windows XP home, and 1GB of RAM is standard, though upgradable to 2GB.
The M1028M and M1028G models have a resolution of 1024x600, with the M1028X and M1028P shipping using 1366x768 resolution displays. The first three have Intel's 945GSE integrated graphics chipset for image processing while the M1028P uses the new GN40 to deliver HD video decoding. The M1028G, meantime, gets a 3.5G and WiMAX broadband module in addition to the others' Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1. Buyers get three USB 2.0 ports in either model, and there is an ExpressCard slot. A 4,500mAh, 4-cell battery is standard, with a 7,650mAh, 6-cell pack optional. The weight ranges from 2.9 to 3.3lbs.
Next up, the Gigabyte Thin Note M1024 uses another 10.1-inch, LED-backlit display and Intel's 1.6GHz Atom CPU along with 1GB of RAM. Due to its slim shape, the sub-2lb netbook's RAM cannot be upgraded, and onboard storage is limited to a choice of 60GB or 80GB drives. There are two USB ports, a memory card slot, Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi. A 3.5G wireless data network module is an option. A six-cell battery is standard, and Intel's 945GSE integrated chipset handles graphics processing.
The Gigabyte W376M bumps things up a notch, shipping with a 13.3-inch widescreen that can play TV thanks to an integrated tuner. The Centrino 2-powered PC also has a 3.5G HSDPA radio along with G-sensors that can sound an alarm if they deduce the laptop is being stolen. Another security feature is the fingerprint scanner. Rounding out the features is a Wi-Fi radio, an optical drive and ExpressCard slot. Connections include several USB 2.0 ports, a combo eSATA/USB port audio in/out, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet and a multi-format memory card reader.
Finally, the company has brought out a docking netbook, the Gigabyte Booktop M1022. Its 1366x768, 10.1-inch screen is paired with Intel's Atom N270 1.6GHz processor that has a special upright dock for hooking up with an external monitor and other peripherals. Graphics processing comes via an Intel 945GSE or GN40 integrated GPUs, while the 1GB of RAM can be doubled. The 160GB hard drive contains Windows XP, and buyers get an ExpressCard slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and have the option to upgrade to either an HSPA-based 3G or a 4G WiMAX connection. Finally, there are three USB 2.0 ports and a 6-cell, 7,800mAh battery in a package that weighs just under 2.9lbs.
Gigabyte still has not released shipping dates nor pricing information for any of its new releases. [via SlashGear]
Gigabyte Touch Note M1028
Gigabyte Thin Note M1024
Gigabyte Booktop M1022