North American’s in search of the perfect tablet PC Steve Job would never make, won’t have to wait much longer. Gigabyte’s S1080 made its way through the FCC offices last week, and is expected to be made available here in the next few months. The tablet has been on sale in Taiwan since mid-April, and is pretty much the anti iPad in every way possible. Under the S1080’s 10-inch 1024x600 res display, sits a dual core Atom N550 processor, along with a 320 GB hard drive preloaded with Windows 7.
In terms of tablet PC hardware this sounds pretty standard, but it’s on the input/output end where things get a bit crazy. The S1080 features optical mouse controllers on either side of the screen for thumbs only operation, along with a USB 3.0 connector, SD Card reader, and an Ethernet port. Also included is a 1.3 megapixel webcam, support for 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and even a VGA port for those who want to rock out analog style.
The price is expected to be somewhere in the $700 range, but the company hasn’t confirmed this, or even official street dates just yet. An iPad killer? Probably not. An iPad competitor? You be the judge.