Fujitsu Computer Systems has introduced two new notebooks, one an update to its popular convertible tablet/notebook and the other an ultramobile PC the size of a day-timer, which has only been available in Japan till now.
The Lifebook U810 weighs a little more than 1.5 pounds and offers a 5.6-inch LCD with touch screen functionality via a stylus. Despite its small size, it’s still a functioning PC, which is Fujitsu’s selling point.
It also includes a full-function QWERTY keyboard, 1GB of memory and a 40GB hard drive, as well as with Windows Vista or XP Tablet edition. It also supports 802.11g wireless networking and has up to 5.5 hours of battery life.
“More ultramobiles have been like a Blackberry, where you use your thumbs to type,” said Paul Moore, the senior director for mobile product marketing at Fujitsu. “This has a fully usable keyboard on which you can type.”
Portable U810 with a twist.
He felt the U810 would make an ideal replacement for PDAs, which have fallen on hard times. IDC’s Worldwide Handheld Qview report found that during the second quarter of 2007, PDA device sales fell 43.5 percent from the second quarter of 2006. PDAs are falling out of favor, as people move to comprehensive devices, which Fujitsu feels it has.
On a slightly larger scale, Fujitsu introduced the Lifebook T2010, a 3.5-pound notebook with a convertible screen. The 12-inch screen is reversible so when it appears closed, the laptop is actually usable with a pen stylus on its touch screen.
It’s light because of the lightweight plastics and lack of CD/DVD-ROM drive. Fujitsu is offering it with two different Core 2 Duo low-power processors, the 1.06GHz U7500 and the 1.2GHz U7600.
The notebooks sport up to 4GB of memory, up to 160GB of hard drive storage, 802.11g wireless networking, the 12-inch touch screen and up to nine hours of battery life. An extended battery, which juts out slightly from the body of the notebook, can get up to 11 hours of life. It runs either Windows Vista or XP Tablet operating systems.
The LifeBook U810 notebook will be available in September for a starting price of $999. The LifeBook T2010 notebook is available now through Fujitsu retailers at a starting price of $1,599.