Ever since Microsoft opened the licensing doors, Windows 8 tablets have started coming in all shapes, sizes, and prices. Even major OEMs are scrambling to fill their low end portfolio with budget Windows tablets. But just because they're low key doesn't mean they can't be used for more serious cases. That is what Fujitsu is trying to sell with its new Stylistic Q335, a "mini" tablet that may be small in size and even in specs but was designed with business use in mind.
With the difficulty my mom and dad have operating basic flip phones, I shudder to think of what they would do if I placed an iPhone or a new Android device in their hands. Many older people out there don't want complicated, high-end smartphones, they want something that's simple to use and just makes phone calls. Orange has just such a device for older people from Fujitsu called the Stylistic S01.
When we think about tablets or slate computers generally, the iPad and Android offerings come to mind. There are a number of other slates out there though that looks sort of like the tablets we are all familiar with but pack in hardware that is more like a netbook. The Fujitsu Q550 is one of the slates that is sort of like a tablet, but has more in common with a netbook than the iPad. The Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 slate is now up for pre-order.
Back at the end of January Fujitsu offered up a video on YouTube where it talked about the new Q550 Slate computer and said that the machine was as obvious as a hammer. Fujitsu is now offering up more details on the Q550 including a price and the launch window along with full specs.
A video demo of Fujitsu's Stylistic Q550 tablet has been released, and the company seems pretty keen to differentiate the slate from other Windows 7 machines. According to director of mobile product Meinolf Althaus, Fujitsu's custom UI attempts to mimic the usability of a hammer: not in that you have to thump it, but in that you automatically recognize how to interact with the tablet, rather than needing to remember what does what.
Fujitsu's ST6012 Tablet PC, announced back in September, has been officially released. The ST6012 has a 1.40GHz Intel Core 2 Duo ULV SU9400 (3MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB) processor with a 12.1-inch WXGA active-digitizer touchscreen, wireless USB and an integrated 1.3-megapixel camera on the back of the unit.
Details of a new Fujitsu Stylistic Tablet PC have emerged, in the shape of the ST6012. A slate-format tablet (i.e. no keyboard or convertible hinge), the ST6012 has quietly appeared on Fujitsu's site complete with a PDF of system specs. Running a 1.40GHz Intel Core 2 Duo ULV SU9400 (3MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB) processor with a 12.1-inch WXGA active touchscreen, the ST6012 has optional integrated 3G UMTS WWAN.
Ah, my favourite cam-whore Kevin C. Tofel (the 'C' is for coquettish) has been gurning at his lens again, this time parading the slender powerhouse that is the Fujitsu Stylistic ST5112 Slate Tablet PC around and praising its twiddly bits. After a good poke around the various ports and such, Kevin demonstrates Skype (taking advantage of the dual-mic array), the viewing angle of the screen and the various hardware controls (including buttons and biometrics)
If you've got the time (nigh on three-quarters of an hour) and the bandwidth (242mb in WMV; YouTube version coming later) then it's a fantastic exploration of a very tempting device. There's little doubt that slate-style Tablet PCs are the sexiest incarnation of current pen-computing, and Fujitsu's combination of minimalist design and performance grunt make this a serious competitor in the market.
Oh sweet mother of a tiny goose, my mouth sure is watering tonight! Feast your eyes, friends and neighbours, on this gorgeous slate Tablet PC from Fujitsu. Less than an inch thick, with a magnesium-alloy lower housing and weighing just 3.5 pounds, this truly is the bee's knees of keyboard-less pen computing. It's not just pretty, either; with a 1.2GHz Intel Core Duo Mobile processor, minimum of 512mb of RAM (upgradeable to 4Gb) and 40Gb 5400rpm hard-drive (upgradeable to 100gb), oh and a battery that's rated for up to six hours, it's a mobile powerhouse.
There are two screen options; the ST5111 has a 10.4-inch XGA reflective front-lit display optimised for outdoor use, while the ST5112 has a bigger, 12.1-inch XGA wide-view display, also rated for indoor and outdoor use, with a 160 degree viewing angle, but without the front-lighting. Both come with a/b/g WiFi and Bluetooth, while the ST5112 has a fingerprint reader in addition to the Smart Card slot each has as standard. Options include a 9-cell battery that should last up to nine hours, a dual-mic array (only on the ST5112 model) and docking station (giving three USB 2.0 ports, Firewire, VGA-out, ethernet (RJ-45) port, audio line-out, DC-in, and a modular bay for weight saver, DVD-ROM, CD-RW/DVD combo, or DL Multi-Format DVD Writer).
The ST5111 starts at $2,429 and the ST5112 at $2,199.
Fujitsu has announced that it has developed an interesting sounding prototype haptic sensory tablet. The haptic sensory tablet is able to provide a sense of slipperiness or roughness when you touch the screen depending on the image being displayed. The technology behind that sensory experience was developed by Fujitsu Laboratories.