Engadget Chinese managed to spot those three new netbooks from Gigabyte we first heard about the other day. As expected, Gigabyte is launching a Thin Note, a Booktop, and a Touch Note machine. As you can probably guess, the Touch Note has a touchscreen display and can be used in tablet mode, much like the Gigabyte M912. But unlike the Gigabyte M912, which has a 9 inch display, the new Touch Note T1028 will have a 10 inch screen.
The touchscreen netbook will also have a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 CPU, and come with a choice of a 1024 x 600 pixel or 1366 x 768 pixel display, a 160G hard drive, 3 USB ports, and an ExpressCard Slot. It looks like you’ll have a choice of a 4 cell, 4500mAh battery or a 6 cell, 7650mAh one. The TouchNote will weigh beween 2.9 and 3.3 pounds, depending on the battery. It will be available with 802.11a/b/g WiFi, Bluetooth, a 3.5G modem, and WiMAX options.
The Thin Note S1024 is, you guessed it, a thin and light model, weighing just under 2 pounds with a 6 cell, 3400mAh battery. It has a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 576 pixel display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU, p to 80GB of storage, and 1GB of RAM. This mdoel will have a just 2 USB ports, and support for 802.11a/b/g wireless, Bluetooth, and a 3.5G modem.
The Gigabyte Booktop M1022 is a strange contraption. At first blush it looks like a standard netbook with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU, a 10.1 inch 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, and a 160GB hard drive. Like the Touch Note, it has support for 802.11a/b/g/, Bluetooth, WiMax, and a 3.5G mdoem. It also has an ExpressCard slot, 3 USb ports, and a 6 cell, 7800mAh battery and weighs 2.9 pounds. But there’s one thing that sets the Booktop apart: It comes with a dock that you can place the netbook in vertically to use like a low profile, low power desktop computer. Just add a keyboard and VGA monitor. The hub also has a few USB ports and an Ethernet port.
The Gigabyte Touch Note T1028 will sell for about $610, the Thin Note S1024 will set you back about $615, and the Booktop M1022 will go for around $580. It’s not yet clear if these devices will be released in the US.