The good news is that it looks like the Gigabyte T1125 convertible tablet which passed through the FCC this week could ship before the end of the year. The bad news is it’s not going to come cheap. Netbook News reports that the laptop will be available in two configurations. With an Intel Core i3 CPU it will run $1099, while a Core i5 version will carry a suggested retail price of $1199.

That’s not a huge surprise. Gigabyte computers tend to cost a bit more than machines from Acer, HP, Dell, or other mainstream PC vendors. They also tend to pack a bit more punch, and the T1125 is no exception.

This model has an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel touchscreen display, NVIDIA GeForce 310M graphics with NVIDIA Optimus graphics switching capabilities, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, and an optional 3.5G modem. It has a USB 3.0 port and 2 USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port, mic and headphone jacks, VGA and HDMI output and a card reader.The computer has a 6 cell, 7800mAh battery.

The Gigabyte T1125 should be available in early December. You can check out a video from Netbook News after the break. It also shows the optional docking station which you can use to add a DVD drive and plug in an external display while using the computer as a sort of portable desktop PC>

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9 replies on “Gigabyte T1125 convertible tablet to run $1100 and up”

  1. For that kind of money, I can buy a Core i7 17″ notebook with 1680×900 screen, 4GB of memory, mid level nVidia or ATi graphics, and plenty of battery. In other words, this is too much money for too little notebook.

    1. 17″ systems are less costly to build than smaller systems and convertible tablets cost more to build than similar size systems. So you can’t make a direct comparison for pricing.

      1. Sure I can. If I have $1200 to spend, do I spend it on something larger with larger battery capacity and more grunt, or something smaller with very limited grunt and long battery life. It’s simple: What will I be willing to buy at that price. It’s just like the iMac vs. a mid-tower comparison. Sure, the iMac costs more to make, but if I have $2000 to burn, which one do I buy? I don’t sit there and rationalize why something less powerful costs just as much.

        1. What you’re willing to buy is only relevant to you, but carrying a 17″ laptop around is quite a bit harder to do compared to a 11.6″ and flexibility is something people looking for a portable device also consider.

          So if you’re going to compare the two then you should consider the differences!

          1. I’m just telling you how Joe Consumer is looking at this. “Gee, I’ve got $1200 to spend. What should I buy?” He/she’s gonna look at the bang for the buck. I’m just giving a 17″ as an example. It could very well be a 14″ or 15″ for that price. There are plenty of alternative products out there that fit the bill at that price, and they’re a lot more powerful. I predict this is going to fail miserably because it simply doesn’t pack enough horsepower at that price point.

          2. Perhaps, but “Joe Consumers” don’t all have the same needs and Convertible Tablets generally are not intended as desktop replacements, and those other systems don’t offer the same features.

            Any “Joe Consumer” who doesn’t consider the difference doesn’t really know what they are buying in any case. Like many of those so called more affordable systems also generally have less battery run times and other limitations that aren’t immediately apparent. Or whether the version of the processor is the full version or the ULV version. Or the difference a discrete GPU can give versus a Intel GMA.

            So, if price was their only consideration then there would be a lot of unhappy customers…

      2. You are very kind to even answer on so stupid brainless posts like that

  2. It is a shame it has taken Gigabyte nearly a year to get this to market. When it was shown at CES, these specs were cutting edge. Plus, the lack of a Wacom or NTrig pen is difficult to understand, considering the competition. $1,100 for this when you can get an I5-470UM/HD5450 TM2T for a few hundred less?

    As soon as mobile sandybridge CPUs are incorporated into the X201s and the HP 2740p, they will have the same graphics capability as the new Gigabyte with its Ion. It will be releasing into a market with better performing CPU’s that will outclass its battery life.


    1. Nvidia’s GT310M is based on the same GT218 that the NG-ION is based on but it’s not a ION. Suffice to say performance will be a bit better with it than a ION solution.

      The cost of USB 3.0 and discrete graphics also adds significantly to the cost of the system and Gigabyte’s build quality is a bit better. So even discounting the docking station you are getting pretty much what you are paying for. Though I agree the lack of a Wacam or NTrig pen does hurt its appeal.

      While Sandy Bridge is still months away and we’ve yet to see whether the graphical boost it will offer will go to the level that discrete graphics solutions already provide. After all Intel GMA’s aren’t exactly known for their performance and it will take quite a boost to bring them up to par.

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