Fujitsu Unveils New Tablet Hybrids, Preps For Windows 8


Fujitsu Lifebook T902

 

 

Fujitsu unveiled Monday two new convertible tablet PCs, the Stylistic Q702 and Lifebook T902 (shown above), optimized for vertical markets, including healthcare and education.

 

Announced at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, both devices will launch running Windows 7, but they were designed with Microsoft’s Windows 8 in mind and are upgrade-ready for the new OS, Fujitsu said.

The Stylistic Q702 is an 11.6-inch, 1.88-pound tablet that comes with a detachable keyboard dock users can snap in and out of place, as needed. The device is powered by Intel’s third-generation Ivy Bridge processors and is said to provide up to a nine-hour battery charge. USB 2.0 and 3.0 are also included, as are front- and rear-facing webcams.

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The 13.3-inch Lifebook T902, which is positioned as being the next-generation version of Fujitsu's Lifebook T901, also boasts a hybrid form factor. Rather than detaching the keyboard for a more tablet-like experience, however, users rotate the display and close the clamshell to view content in slate mode. It’s thinner and lighter than its predecessor, the T901, weighing in at 4.1 pounds, and also runs on third-generation Ivy Bridge processors. According to Fujitsu, the Lifebook T902 can get up to an 11-hour battery life.

Paul Moore, vice president of PC product marketing and product management at Fujitsu America, told CRN that the new Lifebook T902 and Stylistic Q702 were optimized specifically for users in vertical markets, especially healthcare and education, where portability -- that doesn’t compromise functionality -- is a high priority.

"A lot of what we do is based on the usage patterns of our customers and we enhance our products, as we move on, based on how they use them," Moore said.

In healthcare, for instance, users need an ultra-portable device they can carry around medical facilities with ease. But, they also need a robust battery life that ensures the device can last all day. The Stylistic Q702, as a result, features a removable four-cell battery in its keyboard docking station that can be used to supplement the internal battery when needed.

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