Gateway preps 11.6'', Core 2 Duo-powered tablet

After the tablet PC and the nettablet, we could soon start seeing some consumer-ultraportable tablets. At least, Engadget has posted specifications and photos of an upcoming Gateway tablet PC that may very well have consumer ultra-low-voltage (CULV) guts.

Engadget says the Gateway EC18T will have an 11.6" display, a Core 2 Duo processor, an Intel GS45 chipset, up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and Windows 7 Home Premium (or Home Basic, possibly depending on the market). A look at the extensive photo gallery also reveals an HDMI port, a relatively thin profile, and a chiclet keyboard with a pretty narrow palm rest.

The size and form factor suggest this system could carry Intel's new Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor, which we recently saw in new Asus ultraportables. Taiwan's rumor mill says additional dual-core Intel CULV chips could be on the way, too.

CULV hardware seems like a great fit for affordable and compact tablet PCs. Windows 7 should add to the formula, too, since it has multi-touch support built in. Engadget doesn't quote a price or a launch date for the EC18T, but you can probably expect to hear more after Windows 7's October 22 release.

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