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Gigabyte has unveiled a couple of new Windows 8 tablets at CES that don't seem destined to shake up the industry, but still manage to differentiate themselves. First up, the S1185 is equipped with an 11.6-inch 1920x1080 IPS display, an Ivy Bridge-based ULV Core processor, 2, 4 or 8GB of RAM, a 64, 128 or 256GB SSD, a 5MP camera in back and a 1.3MP up front, and a 400mAh battery that offers up to eight hours of run time.
Although it obviously ships with Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro and its newfangled touch interface, the S1185 has an optical finger navigation nub and mouse buttons on opposite ends of the device for when you're using the classic desktop. Like Microsoft's Surface, Gigabyte's offering has a built-in kickstand and a magnetically attachable dock with a keyboard and touchpad in the event that you want a laptop-like experience.
The device also carries dual 1.5W speakers and plenty of connectivity, including one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port, VGA and HDMI ports, a microSD card reader, a SIM card slot, audio jacks, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0+LE and 3.5G WWAN. It weighs about 2.2lbs and the keyboard dock adds a pound, while it measures 11.7 x 7.2 x 0.53in -- reasonably thin and light. Units should ship in March for $1,000, plus $100 for the dock.
Meanwhile, Gigabyte's S1082 seems like it would be a decent business slate, packing a 10.1-inch 1366x768 touchscreen, a dual-core Celeron 847, up to 8GB of RAM, up to a 500GB hard drive or as much as 256GB of flash storage, gigabit Ethernet, an extended battery that pushes the run time to 12 hours and a multimedia docking station that provides a DVD burner, an improved audio system as well as extra connectivity.
The device has the same optical trackpoint and mouse buttons as the S1185 as well as a clunkier looking keyboard add-on, which is separate from the multimedia dock. Besides Ethernet, I/O looks to be on par with the S1185 as well. The S1082 weighs 1.74lbs with an SSD or a tad more with an HDD and it's 0.58in thick. We haven't seen pricing for just the tablet, but with the extra battery and keyboard it'll go for $649 next month.
The Acer Aspire S7-391 features a 13.3" 1920x1080 LED backlit multi-touch display with Intel HD Graphics 4000, it its powered by an Intel Core i7-3517U (1.9 - 3.0GHz) and 4GB of DDR3 RAM, it packs 256GB SSD and a SD/MMC card reader. Last but not least, the S7 includes 2 USB 3.0 ports and HDMI.
The Microsoft Surface features a 10.6-inch Gorilla Glass display and a vapor-deposited magnesium chassis, the Surface runs a Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor and the latter packing an ARM-based Nvidia chip. The Touch Cover measures 3mm thick and has a multitouch keyboard as well as a trackpad, with a Touch Cover, the Surface measures just shy of half an inch.
The Yoga 13 features a third generation Intel Core i5-3317U processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 4GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and a 128GB solid state drive. True to its name, the Yoga 13 utilizes a 13.3-inch HD+ LED Multitouch display operating at 1,600 x 900 resolution.
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