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Fujitsu Flood!! Android 7″ and Windows 7 10.1″ Tablets announced

Written by Todd Schneider. Posted in Android, Featured, Windows

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Published on May 19, 2011 with No Comments

Around for a while, and with the history to add credibility (see below), Fujitsu has opened the flood gates. Fujitsu Flood!! I’m looking forward to getting wet with the Android 7″ Tablet and the Windows 7 10.1″ Lifebook TH40/D recently announced.  The Japanese giant has recently launched its self-developed 10.1-inch LifeBook TH40/D tablet PC featuring Windows 7 in Japan, the US and Europe. Now, drum roll please…the company is launching a 7-inch model featuring Android in the third quarter, according to Fujitsu Taiwan.

 

Everyday consumers are the target for the 7-inch Android-based tablet PC, like you and me, something to carry around that isn’t so big its inconvenient, unlike the LifeBook TH40/D, which is aiming for the suit and tie market. The 7-inch model is expected to adopt the latest Android 3.1, (check out our walk-through vid via Motorola Xoom) and will be priced at about anywhere from $347 to 694. Outsourcing must be in the forecast for Fujitsu to offer such a low cost item. A Taiwan based original design manufacturer (ODM) will get the call to produce, they make everything, nearly. The market research firm iSuppli issued a report in 2006 which demonstrated that 82.6% of PC notebooks’ components are made by Taiwanese ODMs. Fujitsu hasn’t revealed any detail.

As for its 10.1-inch LifeBook TH40/D, the company plans to add support for a stylus and 3.5G module in the future, check out the specs:

Fujitsu LIFEBOOK TH40/D’s Features:

  • Windows 7
  • Keyboard with 87 keys (Japanese layout, key stroke 1.4mm)
  • Atom Z670 (1.50GHz) CPU
  • Intel SM35 Express chip set
  • 1GB RAM
  • 120GB HDD
  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 3.0+HS
  • 0.3MP web cam
  • Two USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI interface, one SD card slot
  • 6 hours battery life
  • Size: 274×188×17.4mm, weight: 1.1kg

The Fujitsu Lifebook TH40/D tablet PC release date is expected late June with about $990 retail price. A lot of are jumping on the Tablet Express but not Fujitsu, they’ve already etched their names in Tablet history

 

Tablet “industry firsts” for Fujitsu:

  • 1993: First pen tablet to use an integrated wireless LAN
  • 1993: First pen tablet to offer four different operating systems
  • 1993: First pen tablet to use a PCMCIA Type III hard drive as the main storage device
  • 1994: First pen tablet to use a magnesium frame and co-molding (with plastic and rubber).
  • 1994: First pen tablet to use an off-the-shelf battery pack rather than a custom pack
  • 1994: First pen tablet to offer Windows® 95 as its operating system
  • 1997: First commercially available pen tablet to run Windows® NT.
  • 1997: First pen tablet computer to use USB ports
  • 1997: First pen tablet to use a 128-bit video controller
  • 1997: First pen tablet to use Zoomed Video.
  • 1997: First pen tablet to offer all four display technologies:
    1. TFT color
    2. DSTN color
    3. Transmissive Monochrome
    4. Transflective Monochrome.
  • 1997: First “radio-ready” pen tablet computer
  • 1997: First pen tablet designed specifically for use in the health care industry
  • 1998: First pen tablet to use a color transflective display for indoor/outdoor use
  • 1999: First pen tablet to employ a liquid-filled resistive (passive) digitizer
  • 1999: First pen tablet to support the Windows CE H/PC Pro operating system
  • 2000: First pen tablet computer to have processing power that was equivalent to a notebook computer
  • 2000: First pen tablet computer to use a Pentium® III processor
  • 2001: First pen tablet to use Ultra Low Voltage chip
  • 2001: First Pentium® III pen tablet to use Intel SpeedStep Technology
  • 2002: First Fujitsu Tablet PC (ST4010)
  • 2003: First Tablet PC with indoor/outdoor display (ST4011)
  • 2004: First 12.1” convertible notebook with a modular bay device
  • 2005: First passive ultra-portable convertible notebook running on Windows® XP Tablet PC Edition operating system
  • 2006: First Tablet PC with bi-directional display hinge.
  • 2006: First slate in the industry to offer Intel® Core™ Duo mobile technology.
  • 2011: Knock the iPad2 off its pedestal?

Stay tuned for more news on Fujitsu

Source: Digitimes, Technology Talks