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Gigabyte unveils a Tablet-Laptop-Desktop Hybrid

A new Hybrid of Tablet, Laptop and Desktop on its way to the market from Gigabyte called as Booktop T1132

Gigabyte Technologies has announced its Booktop T1132 this Monday. The Taiwanese hardware manufacturer is calling this device as the world’s first three in one laptop. We may even call it as a desktop- Laptop- Tablet hybrid.

This Booktop T1132 is an 11.6 inch Windows tablet which is convertible like those of the Acer TravelMate 100 or the Fujitsu Lifebook T580. But from their history we can see that they could not impress many of the customers and are even not popular enough.

But we can say that this device is unique and is a bit different from those devices. Besides transforming from laptop to slate mode the convertible tablet can dock into an unusual, optional docking station.

This unique docking station will turn the Booktop into the equivalent of a desktop PC according to Gigabyte. The docking station provides some additional ports like USB, audio, Ethernet, VGA and also a multi-DVD drive that can detach and can also be used with another computer. Along with the tablet design and docking station the Booktop appears to be as a mid-range convertible laptop.

Booktop has an 11.6inch display with a capacitive Multi touch panel which can offer a resolution up to 1366 X 768 pixels. This device is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, and it will have a RAM of 2GB but have an option to extend it up to 8GB. For graphics it has two options of either integrated Intel HD or a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GT520M of 1GB.

For storage it has three options of 320, 500 or 750GB and for connectivity it has a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and WWAN which is a 3.5G with a built in Antenna. A webcam of 1.3megapixels is also included with the device. It runs on a Li-ion 6-cell battery and it weighs around 3.8pounds. Its dimensions measure around 11.42 X 8.6 X 1.57inches.

We can see all the features of this device are really attractive enough for consumers but there might be small flaw, as this device runs on Windows 7 platform. The Windows 7 OS is not actually designed for touch screens. However, the touch-optimized Windows 8 will surely put this device to its limits. So, it should be upgradable to solve the issue.

The device will be available for a price of about $1300. The high price of the convertible devices has always been a problem and it's same for the Booktop too.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-11-30 (Update: 2012-05-26)