Gigabyte’s 10.1-inch, Intel Atom-powered Windows 7 slate hits the FCC

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Windows 7 tablets have been slow to hit the market.  We’re still waiting for the release of the ASUS Eee Slate in the United States, while HP’s Slate has been relegated to the enterprise market.  That’s why we’re pleased to see the Gigabyte Slate PC, model number S1080, make its way through the FCC today.

This 10.1 inch Windows 7 tablet features a 10240 x 600 LED screen, Intel Atom processor, up to 2GB of RAM, up to 320GB of hard drive storage, a 1.3MP camera, Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi.  Although the device lacks an HDMI out port, it does feature a VGA port as well 2 USB ports, an Ethernet port, SD card reader and a SIM card slot for optional 3G capabilities.  That’s not bad for a tablet whose price is expected to be in the $300 to $600 range, depending on configuration.

The Gigabyte Slate PC is expected to be released this quarter, although Gigabyte hasn’t hammered down a firm US launch date for the device.

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