updated 04:00 pm EDT, Thu October 9, 2008
Fujitsu tablet PC spotted
The Fujitsu ST6000-series Internet tablet PC first unveiled late last month has been spotted again, undergoing testing at the FCC, suggesting the product is that much closer to production. According to the included owner's manual, the 12.1-inch tablet will sport a maximum 1600x1200 resolution and not, as previously advertised on the company website, 1920x1200. Other specs, however, such as its 1GB of RAM expandable up to 4GB and choice of two hard disk drives or a solid-state drive, are confirmed.
Also included will be a Gigabit LAN connection and Bluetooth 2.1 support, with a choice of Wi-Fi modules - Intel's WiFi Link 5300 or Atheros AR9280AL1E - as options. As the attached diagrams reveal, the tablet will include two USB 2.0 ports, a PC card slot that can take either a Type I or Type II card and a memory stick slot. A VGA output will let users connect the tablet to external monitors, while a 1.3-megapixel camera will allow for capturing images, though its orientation on the outside of the tablet means video chats will not be feasible. A fingerprint scanner will ensure security. The ST6000-series tablet PC will weigh in at nearly 3.6lbs in its base configuration.
Fujitsu has not revealed specific release dates or pricing information for its tablets.