updated 09:40 am EDT, Tue August 14, 2007
Fujitsu U810 and T2010
Fujitsu today launched two extra-small notebooks, including its first UMPC for North America. The LifeBook U810 was first introduced in Japan, and straddles the line between UMPCs and convertible tablets with a 5.6-inch screen that either folds out for conventional typing or swivels around for handwriting and other gesture-based commands. The system approaches normal notebook resolutions with a 1024x600 display and packs Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and a fingerprint reader.
In its new adaptation, the U is driven by the same Intel A110 800MHz processor as its Japanese equivalent and should last up to 8 hours on a single charge. The default American version, however, ups RAM from 512MB to 1GB and doubles hard disk storage to 40GB. Buyers have the choice of Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, or XP Tablet Edition when ordering the system, which comes with an open modular bay at a price of $999 when the tablet ships September 18th. Fujitsu plans to release a version with an HSDPA module in early 2008 that will bring 3G cellular Internet access at a price of $1,299.
The system designer today also unveiled the LifeBook T2010, a more traditional 12-inch convertible tablet previously leaked by the FCC in July. The finished version confirms earlier claims and uses either a 1.06GHz or 1.2GHz ultra-low voltage Core 2 Duo as well as a minimum 60GB hard drive; it also exceeds expectations with a 9-hour battery life on the stock 6-cell battery and 802.11n Wi-Fi across every model. A core version of the T2010 is preloaded with 1GB of memory, a 1.06GHz CPU, a fingerprint reader, and the above features running on Windows XP Tablet Edition for $1,599. Factory-standard versions are available today.