Gigabyte had a trio of netbooks on display recently at the Mobile World Congress that are worth highlighting. Dubbed the Thin Note, Booktop and Touch Note, the Gigabyte netbooks vary in form factors and specifications, but all impress equally.
The Touch Note T1028 has a 10-inch touchscreen, with resolution options of 1024 x 600 or 1366 x 768 pixels, that can be folded down for use in tablet mode. It will also use Intel’s new 1.66 GHz Z280 Atom processor, sport a 160 GB hard drive, 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 3.5G modem and 4G WiMAX compatibility. Powered by either a 4-cell 4500 mAh or 6-cell 7650 mAh battery, the Touch Note integrates 3 USB ports and an ExpressCard slot into its chassis.
The Thin Note S1024 is the lightest of the trio, weighing in at slightly under 2 pounds with the inclusion of its 6-cell 3400 mAh battery. Inside is a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom CPU with 1 GB of RAM and up to 80 GB of storage space. The Thin Note has a 10.1-inch display with 1024 x 576 pixels, support for 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3.5G connectivity. Unfortunately, being thin also means the Thin Note will only have a pair of USB ports.
Finally, the Booktop M1022 not only functions as a netbook, but comes with a dock that you can vertically place the netbook in to use in a desktop PC form factor. Using the trio of USB ports, you can even add a keyboard, mouse and other accessories. The M1022 will run on the Atom Z270 CPU with 1 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard drive. It will also have a 10.1-inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, and support for 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5G and 4G WiMAX. It will also include an ExpressCard slot and a 6-cell 7800 mAh battery bringing its total weight to 2.9 pounds.
While I’m not sure if the Gigabyte trio will eventually be released in the United States, the equivalent pricing for the Touch Note, Thin Note and Booktop will be $610, $615 and $580, respectively.