1080A few days ago with got a few minutes with the recently announced Gigabyte S1080 tablet, although the Gigabyte representative at the event we attended was very protective of the device. It has some interesting features, but as with all Windows based tablets, it’s unlikely to be a huge seller in the consumer market.

Think of the S1080 as a netbook without a keyboard and you’ve got it pretty much in one. The hardware consists of an Atom N550 dual core processor at 1.5GHz, up to 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 2.5-inch hard drive (320GB is standard) or SSD and sadly Intel’s integrated 3150 graphics. The 10.1-inch screen has typical netbook resolution as well at 1024×600. What makes the S1080 differ from most Windows tablets we’ve seen so far is the inclusion of a USB 3.0 port which means that you’d at least have fast access to external storage devices etc.

Other features include a D-sub connector, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 1.3 Megapixel webcam. It also has an optical track pad, much like those found on Blackberry Smartphones and a pair of buttons to go with it. The standard battery is rated at about 3h worth of battery life, but there’s meant to be an optional secondary battery pack available at some stage.

Price wise we were told to expect the S1080 to retail for about US$699/€520, but if it proved to be a tough sell it might drop to somewhere around the US$600/€450 mark. It seems a little bit on the expensive side to us, especially considering that Android tablets are selling for half as much and we’re not entirely sure that Windows 7 is a suitable OS for any tablet. Hopefully Gigabyte can find some niche markets to sell the S1080 in, since as we said initially, it doesn’t appear to be a consumer focused device.

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ph521There’s no denying that AMD has managed to drum up a lot of support for its Brazos platform and the latest in a long line of companies to launch a product based on the platform is Fujitsu with its new Lifebook PH521. This is yet another 11.6-inch Brazos notebook, but to us this looks like the ideal size for the platform.

The specifications are pretty ordinary with an E-350 APU clocked at 1.6GHz and Radeon HD 6310 graphics. Fujitsu supplies 2GB of DDR3 memory as standard, as well as a 320GB hard drive. Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, an HDMI port, three USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, a pair of audio jacks, a memory card reader and a 1.3 Megapixel webcam.

Fujitsu has fitted the Lifebook PH521 with its typical and somewhat unusual keyboard and what appears to be a fairly small touchpad. We should also see a 6-cell battery, although we’re not sure if this is the case or not, as the press release didn’t include any battery specifications, but judging by the pictures, the Lifebook PH521 is thicker towards the back which suggests a larger battery pack and considering that it weighs in at 1.4kg we’d make the assumption that this is the case.

The Lifebook PH521 will be available in black and red for a very steep asking price of NT$27,800 in Taiwan, or US$950/€700 which is a bit more than we’d be comfortable to pay for a Brazos notebook and even more so considering most of its competitors are targeting a sub $500 price point.

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