Gigabyte has announced plans to launch Windows 7 versions of two of the company’s latest netbooks in Japan. The Gigabyte T1028X convertibel touchscreen netbook will be available with Windows 7 Starter Edition and a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 CPU. 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel touchscreen display, 1GB of RAM, 250GB HDD, and a 6 cell, 7650mAh battery.
It’ll run about $800, which makes me wonder why Gigabyte couldn’t have sprung for Windows 7 Home Premium instead of starter — especially since Windows 7 Home Premium includes enhanced touch capabilities and support for multitouch displays (although it’s likely that the T1028X still has an old fashioned resistive touchscreen).
The Gigabyte Booktop M1022 is also getting a Windows 7 makeover. The new version is the Gigabyte M1022X which features a 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive, and 6 cell, 7800mAh battery. Like the TouchNote, the Booktop will ship with Windows 7 Starter. It’ll sell for about $740 in Japan.
Both models support up to 2GB of RAM, feature 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1. The only major difference from the Windows XP versions of these netbooks is the bump from a 160GB hard drive to a 250GB hard drive. And you know, Windows 7 Starter Edition.