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Gigabyte launches S10M, a 10.1-inch Bay Trail Slate PC

by Mark Tyson on 16 January 2014, 16:20

Tags: Gigabyte (TPE:2376), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), Windows 8

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Gigabyte has launched a new Slate PC called the S10M. As you can probably guess by the name it's a 10-inch device, the multi-touch screen actually has a 10.1-inch diagonal to be precise. The S10M comes with Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Pro installed and has ample built-in storage options up to 1TB. As a Slate PC, rather than a tablet, this device also sports plenty of full sized I/O ports.

Could Gigabyte have found a sweet form factor that has been sorely neglected since the start of the tablet era? Let's look though the spec of this device and ponder that question.

Gigabyte S10M key specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Intel Bay Trail N2805 Dual Core processor (1.46GHz) with Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 10.1-inch Capacitive Multi-touch Panel 1366x768 LCD
  • RAM up to 4GB, single slot
  • Up to 1TB Large Storage (64/128/256GB 2.5-inch mSATA SSD, 320/500GB/1TB 2.5-inch 7mm HDD 5400rpm)
  • Full PC Connectivity with I/O Ports as follows: USB(3.0), USB(2.0), D-sub, HDMI, RJ45, Mic-in, Earphone-out, SD card reader, DC-in jack, Docking Station/Extended Battery Port, SIM card slot
  • Networking via LAN: 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet, Wireless LAN: 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth: Bluetooth V4.0
  • AV facilities including 1.5 Watt Speaker, Microphone and 1.3 Megapixel webcam
  • Optical Finger Navigation and Mouse Buttons
  • Dimensions of 270(W) x 173(D) x 14.94(H) mm, weighing 790g with SSD or 850g with HDD

Gigabyte S10M options

  • 3G SIM card slot
  • All Day Computing with Extended Battery (*optional)
  • Stay Connected Everywhere with 3.5G support (*optional)
  • Keyboard Kit transforms the S10M into a Notebook (*optional)
  • Docking Station transforms the S10M into a Multimedia Centre with DVD-Super Multi Dual-layer drive (*optional)

That's a lot of specifications and options to digest but unfortunately Gigabyte has neglected to provide us with any pricing information for either the Slate or any of the accessories.

For comparison the weight is between the Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 but its thickness is greater than the Surface Pro 2 by ~1.5mm. However it's nice to have all the full sized ports and possibilities at what will hopefully be a competitive price.



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ooh look Ma, it's a TC1100 ;)

Seriously - keyboard dock, desk dock with DVD drive ... getting a strong sense of deja vu ;)

Key will be in the price, of course, but it looks reasonable - only obvious notable lack is a digitizer for decent pen-based input...
Why the full size Ethernet port. Not that I'm complaining but I surely when being used as a tablet you're not going to be plugging it in for a wired connection, surely that defeats the purpose of the form factor? Wouldn't it make more sense to have all the ports on the dock, else what's the dock for?

I seriously worry sometimes, why hasn't any manufacturer developed the product everyone's crying out for? Do we need to draw it for them or something?

Tablet with HDMI / 1x USB3 / SD slot / Docking connections
Dock with Display Port / HDMI / Ethernet / DVI-D / 4x USB3 / Slimline DVD / BR drive
Wireless keyboard that works with miniture USB dongle / Bluetooth
Case / keyboard combo with battery booster for full laptop experience
Ethernet port = Tech toy. The amount of times I've wished my slate had an ethernet port when im on a clients site...
At that thickness (nigh on 15mm) this should have at least a low voltage i cpu. Bezel could be a lot narrower. Cannot see the need for a VGA port and is anyone seriously going to connect an ethernet cable and have it trailing around?
Two full size usb ports, SD card reader (write as well would be nice), and full size HDMI are all plus points.
Connected to the dock it looks similar to one of those old CRT 14" televisions with a built in VCR or DVD drive.
Never the less it has promise, maybe SM10-2 will improve on this.
1024x768 and a VGA port. I can't wait to get one and hook it up to my 28.8 bps modem.

I know I overslept this morning, but it's still the 90's right?