If one were to look minutely into the Fujitsu site one would note the listing of a new product which is tucked away discreetly among the other contents of the site. This is a new Tablet PC which appears to be very much consumer oriented for it has all the features associated with a Fujitsu product but with a low price tag of $1149 or $1099 if taken by mail with a rebate. This makes it cheaper than other offering from the Fujitsu stable though the price is still twice what any other working class notebook would cost.
The device named Lifebook TH700 has a 12.1 inch dual-mode WXGA LED display with 1280 x 800 resolution that is sensitive to multitouch finger gestures while also being able to accept active stylus operations for a more precise input. Behind the screen is a a 2.26GHz Intel Core i3-350M Processor coupled to 4GB of DDR3-1066 dual-channel RAM along with a 320 GB HDD and a HD graphics card from Intel. The TH700 is also a bit thicker in dimension, which makes the TH700 different from the general trend of tablet PC that we have come to know of to be sleek handy devices sporting minimalistic dimensions though its dimensions should be OK if the Lifebook is considered from the point of view of tablet-style hybrid devices. It therefore differs from a T900 to a great degree, though the difference can be acceptable considering the TH700 to be an entry level Tablet.
The tablet features a bi-directional swivel hinge and comes loaded with goodies like the dual digitizer that is receptive to pen input, a fingerprint scanner, HDMI output along with a webcam and dual microphone for video conferencing purpose. Then there are the usual connectivity options of Bluetooth and 802.11BGN. The tablet features a sturdy latch for opening the top and has removable dust filter and hard drive shock sensor that ensures maximum protection to the stored data even during the unlikely scenario of any knocks and drops. A DVD burner and a six-cell 5,200mAh battery which Fujitsu says will be good enough for a 5 hours runtime rounds off the specs sheet. Also, at more than a thousand dollars apiece, the Lifebook is certainly a lot more expensive than the iPad though what we have with the Lifebook is a device functionality of a full desktop OS – the Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bits along with the active digitizer.
This Lifebook is also expected to give stiff competition to the TouchSmart TM2 from HP notwithstanding the price difference between the two.
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