Like almost every hardware vendor out there, Fujitsu is gearing up for Windows 8. While the company announced several items, the Windows 8 device that seems most exciting to me is the Stylistic Q572 tablet. Why is this one so important? It is the first AMD tablet announced.
An AMD processor! That’s right. After all my talk about the lack of an AMD device, here comes one of the first announced offerings.
AMD just announced its job cuts and seem to have their work cut out for them, but it is nice to see that the existence of AMD tablets isn’t just a pipedream. The Stylistic Q572 runs on an AMD dual-core Z-60 APU that includes Radeon HD 6250 graphics and 4GB of memory.
As for storage, there are several solid state choices that range from 64 to 256GB. While we haven’t seen too many tablets sporting pens, this Fujitsu offering has a digital pen with a dual-mode finger/stylus touchscreen on the tablet and a resolution of 1366 x 768. Not much is known about the pen, such as whether it is pressure sensitive, etc.
More goodies in the new AMD/Fujitsu tablet include Bluetooth, 4G LTE, standard Wi-Fi, gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and USB 2 and 3.0 ports. There is also a docking connector to get even more out of the device. Although it isn’t mentioned, the new tablet should also include the ability to run select Android applications using the AMD AppZone Player that was previously announced.
It is hard to say if this will appeal to many users or not. It is nice to see a stylus and 4GB of RAM, but the Z-60 APU isn’t the fastest around. Likely, it will come down to price. If this could feature a price tag that is under the iPad and most of the Intel offerings but still has a digital pen and AppZone Player support– it could be a reasonably well-received device.
Fujitsu isn’t that popular in the United States, but it is one of the most successful players in Japan.
I hope this is represents a demonstration of what we can expect out of AMD tablets going forward. That’s not all that Fijitsu has to offer, though. They also have a unique all-in-one.
Fujitsu Esprimo X913-T
While the company’s new AMD tablet is the most intriguing part of Fujitsu’s Windows 8 strategy so far, their new all-in-one also looks interesting. The Esprimo X913-T is a Core i3 or i5 device, has up to 16GB of memory and a 1920 x 1080 display with 10-point multitouch.
The storage is based on a traditional HDD with a size of 750GB, or a 320GB HDD. For those that want solid state, a somewhat paltry 128GB SSD is also on offer. No great graphics here with Intel HD powering it. Other specs include 4 USB 3, 2 USB 2, DVI, gigabit ethernet and optional Wi-Fi, webcam and microphones.
Sounds pretty ordinary, so why am I focusing on it? The new all-in-one uses a sensor that reflects soundwaves to see if someone is in front of it. The display will stay active regardless of whether or not someone is touching the keyboard, swiping the screen- etc. As soon as you get up? It automatically locks itself. Want back in? With a webcam you can even get it unlocked quickly through facial recogntion.
Fujitsu has always had some pretty unique offerings, even if they aren’t ever that popular outside of Japan. What do you think of this new all-in-one or their AMD tablet?