Windows 8 opened the gate to a number of convertible devices, some of them with truly unique formats, like the Lenovo Yoga units. Now we’ve got Gigabyte and their U2142 unit, a 11 inch Windows 8 convertible with a lot of promise. Their product has just reached the FCC.
This model should come to the US soon enough, packing a 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 pixel display, a pivoting touchscreen actually. The slate connects to a 21 mm thick chassis with a chicklet keyboard and a large touchpad. Gigabyte U2142 features a third gen Intel Core i3 or i5 processor with integrated graphics, as well as 256 GB of mSATA flash storage and 1 TB of HDD. The result is a pretty heavy 1.5 kg machine, that’s 50% heavier than the MSI 11.6 inch slider.
The product is expected to retail for around $999, although it’s not yet clear what version you get for this price. Gigabyte isn’t exactly the best company that comes to mind when you judge build quality, since they don’t shine in that area. However, the pics here show a pretty solid hinge.