Convertible tablet with dual-core Atom spotted in Australia

Earlier this week, Intel unveiled a new dual-core Atom N550 CPU tailored for netbooks and proclaimed that systems were already available in stores. We haven't had much luck finding any in North America, though. Our searches at Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, and TigerDirect have turned up nothing, and N550-based products aren't listed on any of the manufacturer websites we've checked.

A couple of 10" systems have popped up on an Australian retailer's online store, although neither seems to have been officially announced. According to Engadget, the first is a Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3 that looks to be standard netbook fare: 1024x600 resolution, a gig of RAM, and a 250GB hard drive. The second system, a Gigabyte GA-T1005M, appears to be considerably more interesting. Despite sharing similar screen dimensions with the Lenovo, the Gigabyte packs a multi-touch-capable touchscreen with a much higher 1366x768 display resolution. The screen swivels and folds back on itself, making this a convertible tablet rather than a standard netbook. You get USB 3.0 and hybrid eSATA/USB ports, too.

Gigabyte hasn't shown much interest in bringing to North America its previous forays into convertible territory. That's a shame, because in a world filled with me-too netbooks, the GA-T1005M looks like a much-needed breath of fresh air.

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