Laptops, Netbooks and tablets are glowing examples of the limitless innovation that is possible in the world of computers and information technology. No one thought the personal computer would get…well…so personal. But apparently this was just the beginning, since we now have even slimmer and lighter ultrabooks and the unique convertible tablet-Netbooks revealed by Gigabyte.
Gigabyte has come up with its Intel Cedar Trail chip-powered T1006 netbook. Though looking like conventional Netbooks, they consist of a tablet screen connected to a netbook-style keyboard by a single swivel instead of the conventional twin hinges. The single swivel enables the screen to be rotated 180 degrees once lifted. The rotated screen could be folded down on the keyboard base to be then used as a tablet. This kind of convertible tablet-netbook is bulkier than a conventional netbook or tablet.
The recently revealed Gigabyte T1006 seems to be a modification to this version of the convertible tablet-netbook. The main difference is the presence of the Atom Cedar Trail chip from Intel. The user manual of the Gigabyte T1006 reveals it to be using GMA 3650 graphics from Intel which indicates that the device will be powered by the latest Intel Atom processor.
Gigabyte T1006 netbook also features a multi-touch capacitive panel and a 10.1-inch display. There are two models with two different screen resolutions Gigabyte will be offering – 1024 x 600 pixels and 1366 x 768 pixels. T1006 has compact dimensions of 10.4x8.4x1.6 inches. Weight is in the region of 3.26 pounds, but that is to be expected in Gigabyte models.
Other features include DDR3 memory slot and 2.5-inch hard drive bay. The connectivity options onboard are Bluetooth 2.1, USB 2.0/eSATA combo, USB 3.0, Ethernet and HDMI & D-Sub. You’ll also find a 1.3-megapixel camera and flash card reader. 1.5-watt stereo speakers and built-in microphone complete the entertainment features of the T1006. There is also optional 3G offered. The battery is a 56.61 Whr, 6-cell one. Though prices haven’t been revealed yet, you can expect it to be more expensive than the average netbook.
Gigabyte is truly pushing the boundaries with these unique convertible devices. However, the detachable tablet Netbooks is certainly lighter and more convenient than these. The presence of Intel Atom processor has really made Gigabyte T1006 more interesting. The price is probably the only piece in the puzzle that must be sorted out. Once that’s fixed, there could be still greater interest, provided it is reasonably competitive.