Fujitsu, understanding the enterprise attraction to tablets, has introduced the Stylistic Z702 business hybrid tablet and the refreshed Lifebook T902 convertible tablet PC.
The Stylistic hybrid weighs 1.88 pounds and features an 11.6-inch Advanced High-Performance In-Plane Switching (AH-IPS) high-definition multi-touch display for pen or touch input that's paired with a keyboard docking station that enables it to instantly transition from tablet to laptop.
The new 4.1-pound Lifebook convertible features a frameless 13.3-inch HD+ anti-glare widescreen display. According to Fujitsu, it's the largest screen available for touch or pen input. A twist of the display, and the T902 goes from laptop to clipboard-style tablet. Fujitsu expects it will be a fit for workers in health care, education, retail point-of-sale, insurance and other industries.
Who are these right for?
"If you're buying a convertible, the majority of your work is keyboard-based," Paul Moore, Fujitsu's vice president of PC marketing, told eWEEK. "It's for people who want to embrace the touch capabilities, but they have reports to do and that kind of thing. Then there are the tablet people workers who can perform the majority of their work on a tablet, but still need that keyboard."
These are serious business machines. Debuting ahead of Microsoft Windows 8, both will ship with Windows 7 but are optimized for Windows 8 and will definitely be able to make the upgrade. Both also feature Corning Gorilla Glass and, like Fujitsu's newest Ultrabook and laptops, run Intel's newest Ivy Bridge processors.
The Stylistic hybrid offers the option of third-generation Intel Core i3 or i5 processors. Users will also have the option of 3G/LTE (Long-Term Evolution) mobile broadband support from AT&T, Verizon Wireless or Sprint--this feature is in the works. The tablet alone offers 4.5 hours of battery life, but the keyboard adds on another 4.5 hours.
Importantly, says Moore, it's been designed so that when a user attaches the two, "the power of the keyboard is drained first, so the tablet always has the optimal charge."
The Stylistic also features USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, plus High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) and Secure Digital/Secure Digital Standard Capacity (SD/SDHC) ports. There are front- and rear-facing Webcams, with dual microphones for video conferencing, Intel HD Graphics 4000, the option of a 64 or 128GB mSATA solid-state drive (SSD), 4GB of on-board double data rate type 3 (DDR3) memory, and also USB, LAN and external display support ports on the keyboard docking station.
The Lifebook convertible can be outfitted with a third-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor. The modular bay supports a second battery for a potential total of 11 hours of battery life plus a second hard disk drive (HDD), Super multi DVD-RW, BD-write or a weight-saving option.
It also (eventually) will offer the 3G/LTE mobile broadband module option. Included now are security features such as Computrace support, HDD and BIO password protection, Intel Anti-Theft technology and optional Intel vPro technology.
Other good stuff includes an accelerometer, a gyrometer, a magnetometer and ambient light sensors which Fujitsu says make for a "fluid computing experience" plus an anti-microbial keyboard, a hard-drive shock sensor and up to 16GB of DDR3 1,600MHz memory.
Given the vertical markets these PCs are designed for, they also offer easy access to their internals. "In finance, health care, government regulations state that they can't ship devices with the hard drive inside," said Moore. While the Apple iPad is attractive to many enterprise users, he adds, "The iPad is sealed--you can't get into it."
This article was originally published on 07-10-2012