Gigabyte to Release Low-Cost Atom Laptop in June

DigiTimes reports that Gigabyte Technology will release a low-cost laptop in June that uses the new Intel Atom processor. The M912 will include an 8.9-inch display that will run either Windows XP or Linux.

"The Gigabyte M912 is being designed in-house by the company in order to enable it to control the development schedule, specification and quality, the sources noted, highlighting that this will allow the company to remain flexible based on market feedback."

The M912 should be one of the very fist devices available that uses Intel's new, low-power, 45nm Atom processor. It will be interesting to see how well the M912 stacks up against other ultraportables, such as the
Eee PC and the soon-to-be-released Compaq 2133--especially since the Atom processor is purported to be better suited for less demanding devices, such as smart phones and portable media players. Then again, the performance expectations shouldn't be that high to begin with for an inexpensive, low power ultraportable.