Gigabyte joins Windows 8 party with tablet, ultrabook, and gaming laptops

Gigabyte on Thursday introduced its Windows 8 lineup, including a slate, a convertible ultrabook and gaming laptops—all of which are powered by Intel processors. What Gigabyte didn't announce, however, were prices and availability for its Windows 8 offerings.

Gigabyte’s S1082 slate has a 10.1-inch display with 1366 by 768 pixel resolution. It runs on an Intel dual-core processor, with 500GB hard drive (HDD) storage and varied ports, including Ethernet, 2 USB ports, HDMI, and an SD card reader. There’s a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front; a separate multimedia docking station extends the battery life and adds a DVD drive, 3 USB ports and better speakers.

Gigabyte’s S1082 slate with docking station

The U2142 is an 11.6-inch convertible ultrabook, with either Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro on board. The display swivels and the ultrabook becomes a tablet with a multi-touch screen. It runs on an Intel Core processor and has a dual solid-state drive (SSD) and HDD storage system.

Gigabyte’s U2442 laptop

Gigabyte also renewed its laptop range with Windows 8 support. The U2442 is a 14-inch lightweight laptop running on an Intel Core processor and Nvidia GT 650M or 640M discrete graphics. The laptop has a dual air vent system and the keyboard is backlit, adjusted automatically by a light sensor.

There are also two Blu-ray-equipped gaming notebooks. The P2542G has a 15.6-inch display, Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, and an Nvidia GTX 660M GPU with 2GB RAM. Storage options include either a 7200rpm HDD or an SSD. The P2742G is larger at 17 inches, but also comes with a quad-core chip and Nvidia GTX 660M graphics. It has two bays for extra storage drives (up to 2TB), a Blu-Ray Combo Drive, USB 3.0 ports, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

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