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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Gigabyte Debuts Tablet, Notebook, Desktop Combo

Taiwanese technology company Gigabyte has unveiled a new device called the BookTop T1132, which is apparently the first 3-in-1 notebook on the market. The truth though is a little more mundane.

The T1132 is a convertible tablet (notebook and tablet) that comes with an optional docking station that contains an optical disk drive, two USB ports, HDMI, DSub, GbE and audio ports.

The device additionally comes with an Intel Core i5-3467M 2nd Generation Sandy Bridge processor, up to 8GB DDR3 memory, up to 750GB HDD, a proper keyboard, an 11.6-inch 1366x768 pixel touchscreen, one card reader, D-Sub, GbE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, optional 3G, a front facing camera, and weighing 1.76Kg in all.

Gigabyte has also included four dual channel speakers with two subwoofers and THX TruStudio Pro sound otpmization to deliver much improved sound quality.

The T1132 also comes with Nvidia's Optimus Technology which autoswitches between the onboard Intel graphics solution and the more powerful Nvidia Geforce GT520M with 1GB. Gigabyte has yet to say when the combo will be available in the UK and if so, then what the price will be.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.