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Fujitsu Intros Hybrid Tablet, Slate for Windows 8

On Monday Fujitsu introduced the upcoming Stylistic Q702 business hybrid tablet and a refreshed Lifebook T902 convertible slate/notebook. Both will arrive later this year with multi-touch display support covering both pen and finger inputs, perfect for Microsoft's upcoming touchy OS, Windows 8.

Slated for a 3Q12 release, the Stylistic Q702 business hybrid tablet will feature a 11.6-inch AH-IPS HD, dual digitizer, multi-touch display, a 3rd-generation Intel Core vPro processor, 4 GB of DDR3 memory, a 64 or 128 GB mSATA SSD, Intel HD Graphics 4000, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, an HDMI output port, and an SD/SDHC card slot.

Also on the specs list will be front-facing and rear-facing webcams with complementing dual microphones for video conferencing, and accelerometer, gyrometer, magnetometer, and ambient light sensors for fluid computing experience. The optional keyboard docking station will add a removable 4-cell battery and expansion ports including USB, LAN (RJ-45) and external display support (VGA).

"Powered by 3rd generation Intel Core vPro processors, the Stylistic Q702 delivers breakthrough performance and power efficiency with a beautiful slate design and the flexibility of an added keyboard for creation capability needed for business productivity," said Rick Echevarria, vice president, Intel Architecture Group and general manager, Business Client Platforms Division, Intel Corporation.

As for the revamped Lifebook T902 hybrid slate, it will be upgraded with an isolation keyboard, a dual digitizer with 10-finger multi-touch support, a thinner, lighter form factor of 4.1 pounds (without the ODD), and 3rd-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

The Lifebook T902 slate will also come packed with a built-in modular bay with a quick release latch for easy interchangeability that supports a second battery, a second HDD, a Super multi DVD-RW, a BD-writer or a weight saver. Security features will include a dedicated Smart Card Slot, biometric fingerprint sensor, Computrace support, HDD and BIOS password protection, security panel, Intel Anti-Theft Technology, and optional Intel vPro Technology.

On the specs side, the device will allow up to 16 GB of DDR3 1600 MHz memory, feature a bi-directional display hinge, a hard drive shock sensor, and sensors including an accelerometer, gyrometer, magnetometer, and one for ambient light. It will also provide a anti-microbial, spill-resistant keyboard with trackpad to protect against those numerous coffee-spilling moments.

"Fujitsu continues to grow its mobile portfolio with form factors designed for how people work," said Paul Moore, vice president, PC product marketing and product management, Fujitsu America. "We pay close attention to what the market requires such as delivering a system that isn’t sealed, which is reflected in the design of the Stylistic Q702 hybrid tablet. These are the types of distinctions, both subtle and obvious, that continue to set Fujitsu apart."

The Stylistic Q702 hybrid tablet is priced starting at $1,099 and the Lifebook T902 convertible slate is priced starting at $1,899. Both systems will be available Q3 2012 through the Fujitsu direct sales force, channel partners, select retail outlets, and the Fujitsu website – http://www.shopfujitsu.com.

  • rocknrollz
    Over a thousand dollars for a tablet? No thanks.
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  • killerb255
    inb4 more Windows 8 hate
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  • BringMeAnother
    I've been using hybrids long before the iPad, Toshiba Portege M400, Gateway CX something and the Fujitsu Lifebook T4310. I doubt this new Lifeboo T902 will make a big splash and personally I'd rather use a slate with a detachable keyboard. Besides, the price isn't exactly attractive.
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  • daglesj
    Oh god no, not another tablet laptop!!!

    They never worked all that well back in 2005/6 so why would they work any better now?

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  • Lifebook T902: Because damnit, we've been making these things for ten years and SOMEBODY should buy them...
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  • jerm1027
    Both will arrive later this year with multi-touch display support covering both pen and finger inputs, perfect for Microsoft's upcoming touchy OS, Windows 8.
    Ha! I see what you did there... :lol:
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  • DavidC1
    Oh god no, not another tablet laptop!!!

    They never worked all that well back in 2005/6 so why would they work any better now?

    Because. The Tablet PCs and Convertibles back then were horrible in so many areas.

    Price: $1500+ with lot of them reaching more than $2000.
    Battery life: Laptops can get 5-6 hours battery life with most light usage. Tablet PCs back then got 1.5-2 hours
    Performance: Platter HDDS made them SLOW, made worse by the ULV chips that were far far slower than laptop chips. Today's ULV chips are far closer to top chips, and much faster SSDs are becoming more common
    Form Factor: Thick and ugly.
    Operating System: Windows is a horrible touchscreen OS. Even Windows 7 is better than anything before it.
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  • southernshark
    Its cool, but realistically the price on these needs to come in around 600-700 for what you get.
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  • lradunovic77
    No Thanks, rather get decent Desktop with Win 7 in it.
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  • eddieroolz
    I think the convertible tablet form factor is still a brilliant design.
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