The details about the Gigabyte M912, aka the Gigabyte M912 Netbook, have finally started to come out, complete with an official product page (it had been a few months since we had heard anything significant). Of note, Gigabyte referred to it as a Netbook (I’m just pointing that out, as someday we may resolve the whole netbook / sub-notebook debate). More details will be released this week at Computex.
This 8.9-inch Intel Atom-powered convertible is going to turn a lot of heads and is going to shake up a small segment of the ultraportable laptop market.
I’m not talking about the netbook / sub-notebook segment of the ultraportable market – I’m talking about the segment that Fujitsu has pretty much had to itself – the under 10-inch “convertible” segment (aka the display rotates and lays flat and allows you to use it either as a notebook or as a Tablet PC). The Gigabyte M912 has a 1280×800 touchscreen display with LED backlighting. Folks, this is pretty close to the Fujitsu LifeBook P1620. This could pass for a low-cost P1620 aimed at the netbook market, but the P1620 is quite a bit more expensive (expensive enought to price itself out of the netbook market).
In addition to the other specifications we knew about, here is some additional information:
– 1GB of Memory maximum (I don’t understand this given that smaller netbooks can fit more memory in).
– Bluetooth 2.0
– Lithium Ion 4400mAh battery
– Estimated battery life of 4 hours
Width: 9.25 inches / 235 mm
Depth: 7.09 inches / 180 mm
Height: 1.10 – 1.65 inches / 28-42 mm
Weight: 2.64 pounds / 1.2 kg
While it’s being called low cost (no word on pricing) and it might only be available in Europe and Asia, it’s going to be very interesting to see how it’s received. No word on availability either.