Way back in 2009, before the iPad hit the streets, when people talked about tablet computers they typically meant Windows notebooks with touchscreen displays that could be folded flat for use in slate mode. Those convertible laptop-style tablets are still around though… and Gigabyte has just released a new model that takes things to another level.
The Gigabyte Booktop T1132N is a convertible notebook with a 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel capacitive multitouch display and discrete graphics.
But unlike most convertible notebooks, the T1132N is also designed to be used as a real desktop computer replacement, thanks to the Booktop docking station. You can close the laptop, stick it in the docking station and connect a mouse, keyboard, or monitor. The docking station also has a built-in DVD burner.
The computer supports up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, has a 2.5″ hard drive bay, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, and an eSATA/USB combo port as well as HDMI, D-Sub, Ethernet, and audio ports. There’s a flash card reader, 4 speakers including 2 woofers, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, and optional 3G.
There’s no word on the price for the Gigabyte Booktop T1132N yet, but if I had to guess, I’d say it’s going to be substantially more expensive than the netbook-sized devices with Intel Atom chips that Gigabyte has been releasing over the last few years.