Windows 8 has been released and you can see more and more Windows 8 notebook coming out, but there’s are not many choices for Windows 8 convertible. Surface Pro may be a good choice, but it’s a tablet and you have to add a keyboard case; Panasonic’s CF-C2, on the other hand, may just be too pricey and not practical for home users. Looks like you have another choice now as Gigabyte has sent its U2142 convertible notebook to the FCC.
The 11.6-inch tablet PC has a convertible design featuring a capacitive touchscreen and a full QWERTY keyboard. It is powered by Intel’s 3rd gen Ivy Bridge Core i3-3217U or Core i5-3317U processor with integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000. It has two DDR III RAM slot for up to 16GB of memory. As for storage, you can get up to 256GB mSATA SSD or 1TB hard drive or both. You can find a 2-in-1 card reader, two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, a 1.3 Megapixel webcam and 2×1.5-watt speakers. It will run Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro.
The 11.6-inch display features 1366×768 HD resolution, and there are D-sub and HDMI video outputs. The convertible also comes with support for Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11b/g/n and optional 3.5G WWAN mobile network. Measuring 339(W) x 188~200(D) x 20(H) mm, Gigabyte‘s convertible weighs about 1.49kg with battery, SSD and hard drive, which is still acceptable.