Gigabyte cooking up low-cost tablet PC?

— 1:20 PM on June 2, 2008

Gigabyte's entry in the Atom-powered low-cost notebook arena may not be a conventional one. Engadget has snagged specifications and several pictures of a Gigabyte M912 notebook that looks more or less like a tablet version of the Eee PC 900.

The machine's 8.9", 1280 x 768, LED-backlit display can apparently rotate 180 degrees, although the leaked spec sheet doesn't specify whether it comes with a stylus or any touch-sensitive features. Otherwise, the M912 has pretty typical specifications for a low-cost sub-notebook: a 1.6GHz Intel processor (presumably of the Atom variety), up to 1GB of RAM, 802.11g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 1.3-megapixel webcam, and a four-hour battery. One possible exception is on the storage front, where the M912 delivers 120GB, 160GB, or 250GB of capacity via a 2.5" Serial ATA hard drive.

Physically, Gigabyte seems to have made its laptop a little bigger and heavier than the Eee PC 900. Engadget quotes dimensions of 9.3" x 7.1" x 1.1-1.7" (235 x 180 x 28-42 mm) and a weight of 2.6 lbs (1.2 kg), while the Eee PC 900 measures only 8.9" x 6.7" x 0.8-1.3" (225 x 170 x 20-34 mm) and weighs 2.18 lbs (990 g). The fancy rotating display and high storage capacities may make the M912 more expensive than the Eee, as well, but Gigabyte hasn't announced pricing information yet.

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