The Gigabyte U2142 is an ultrabook that transforms into a tablet. It looks like a classic convertible tablet, with a hinge that swivels to let you rotate the screen 180 degrees and then fold it down over the keyboard.

Gigabyte plans to bring the U2141 ultrabook to market shortly after Windows 8 hits the streets on October 26th.

Gigabyte U2142

The laptop has an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display and both a hard drive and solid state cache disk. Prices are expected to start at about $999, but Gigabyte will offer models with up to 1.2TB of storage (with a 1TB HDD and 256GB SSD) and up to 16GB of RAM — although I suspect a maxed-out system won’t be cheap.

Gigabyte’s new ultrabook will be powered by an Intel Core i3 or Core i5 processor, and all models will features USB 3.0, HDMI, and VGA ports as well as Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, and optional HSPA.

The convertible tablet weighs about 2.9 pounds.

via Ultrabook News and CNET Asia

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3 replies on “Gigabyte introduces U2142 convertible Windows 8 tablet”

  1. Stylus? Required for me, as using Win desktop on a small tablet not only requires it, but makes it a powerhouse.

    Previous Windows tablets on xp, vista, and W7 all included nice Wacom type styluses, every one of them. Now it seems makers are going with touch screens and skipping the stylus. Very unfortunate, and on machines as expensive as this.

    Also, it’s high time Window makers stopped shipping grainy screens on $1000 computers. 1366×768 needs to die a not so sudden death after what, 10 years or so of inadequacy. Anything greater than 10″ simply needs to have a 1920×1080 screen at least. Sheesh, phones these days have nearly that many pixels.

    You can get a number of Win 8 Pro tablet convertibles with 1920×1080, stylus, and Core i processors, and those are the only ones I would consider. For less spec, might as well just stick with an Atom for less money.

    I would hail the dual drives. That’s very nice, though I wonder if it’s worth giving up space that could be directed toward a bigger battery?

  2. What’s the footprint dimensions and battery size? I assume it uses mSATA for the SSD and SATA for the HDD. Any info if those connections and RAM are easily accessible to the user? It’ll make the system significantly cheaper.

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