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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.

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