Gigabyte is launching a new tablet with a 10 inch display, an Intel Celeron processor, and Windows 8 software. It’s called the Gigabyte S1082, and if it looks familiar, that’s because it bears a more than passing-resemblance to the Gigabyte S1081 Windows 7 tablet.

But the new model has a higher resolution display, a faster CPU, and Microsoft’s latest operating system. The Gigabyte S1082 should be available soon after Windows 8 launches on October 26th.

Gigabyte S1082

The Gigabyte S1082 features a 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron 847 dual core processor, a 1366 x 768 pixel capacitive multitouch display, and has 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, and an SD card slot.

It supports 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and there’s an option for mobile broadband as well.

Gigabyte will offer the tablet with between 2GB and 8GB of storage, and a choice of a hard drive (up to 500GB) or solid state disk (up to 256GB). With an SSD, the tablet weighs 1.75 pounds. Hard drives are a little heavier, bringing the total weight to 1.87 pounds.

The company will also offer an optional docking station with additional ports, a DVD drive,  stereo speakers, and a subwoofer.

CNET reports the tablet will have a starting price somewhere between $599 and $799.

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8 replies on “Gigabyte introduces S1082 Windows 8 tablet with 10 inch screen”

  1. Windows 8 tablets are grossly overpriced.

    If you look at the specs carefully, you will realise that they are identical to the $199 Acer C7 Chromebook (same Celeron CPU with same 1.1 GHz clockspeed, same chipset, same 2GB RAM, same screen resolution,same HD2000 GPU). In fact the only differences are:

    1) 5 hr battery life instead of 4 hr.

    2) Touchscreen instead of keyboard.

    3) 500GB HDD instead if 320GB.

    The price of the S1082 has been suggested as $500-$799. The question is whether the extra $400-$600, tripling to quadrupling the price is worth it for that minor difference.

  2. Someone said that a tablet should weigh 1.5 lb or less to be comfortablly carried around. This one exceeds that by quite a bit.

  3. Battery life has always been the Achilles heel of Intel processors. The Atom processors will do a little better, but their graphics core is going to be a poor comparison to the Nvidia core in the Tegra 3 SOC, plus it will have better battery life.

    1. Well, both the ARM and Clover Trail SoCs will offer better run time for sure. Even the Clover Trail is a 1.7W max TDP SoC compared to 17W for the Celeron 847.

      However, you’re mistaken about the Tegra 3 graphical performance. Even the new iPad, with quad GPU SGX543MP4, only about rivals game console range graphics but those consoles are 5-7 years old now and well behind the curve for PC graphics.

      It’s even questionable whether the Tegra 3 offers better graphics than the Clover Trail ATOM. Since even the older iPad 2 dual GPU SGX543MP2 at 200MHz already slightly exceeds the performance of the Tegra 3.

      While the Clover Trail GMA is only a single GPU, it’s based on the slightly more powerful SGX545 and clocked much higher at 533MHz.

      Since the ATOM is still considered the bottom of the Intel performance scale, the Sandy Bridge based Intel HD GMA used by the Celeron 847 should actually be noticeably better than the Tegra 3.

      But don’t fret about it too much, the Tegra 4 is only a few months or so away and we’ll see how much of a improvement that’ll be. Considering Nvidia is trying to make significant improvement with each release.

      Also, during the 2nd half of next year we’ll be seeing a lot of other updates as well. So things will get interesting by then…

        1. Yes, but it’s a trade-off with shorter run time and lack of features like the always-on/up-to-date and higher cost.

  4. With a 17 watt tdp, that thing wont last any more then 4 hours if youre lucky.

    1. Maybe, depends on the battery capacity and a few other factors. However, it will compensate a bit with more performance than you could get from either ARM or Intel ATOM, yet still run pretty much anything you want.

      Linux users can just install any distro they want, Windows users would have full legacy support, and it’s at least cheaper than getting a Core i-Series based system.

      Both ARM and Intel ATOM based tablets are going to be fairly locked down. So aside from lower price, not the best option for those wanting to run any software they want. ARM especially won’t allow any x86 app support and the Clover Trail ATOM won’t really support much besides Windows 8.

      So it could have its place, given the limitations of the other choices.

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