Fujitsu unveils dual-boot Windows 7/Symbian powered smartphone

Fujitsu unveils dual-boot Windows 7/Symbian powered smartphone

Summary: Why go for a Windows 7 tablet when you can have Windows 7 running on your smartphone?

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Why go for a Windows 7 tablet when you can have Windows 7 running on your smartphone?

Fujitsu has unveiled the NTT DoCoMo's Fujitsu LOOX F-07C smartphone that comes complete with Windows 7 pre-loaded and a 2-year license for Office 2010. Fujitsu claim that this is the "world's smallest PC that fits into the palm of the user's hand."

Featuring a 4-inch SVGA touchscreen (1024 × 600 resolution) display, an Intel Atom Z600 processor running at 1.20GHz, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of flash storage (and microSDHC card support), the F-07C can switch between 'Mobile Phone Mode' (Symbian) and 'Windows 7 Mode' at the touch of a button.

I've no idea what Windows 7 will be like on this hardware. I fear that it might be somewhere between abysmal and awful, but I could be wrong.

For now this will only be available in Japan (price is around ¥70,000 ($860). Launch is listed as July 23.

One drawback ... Windows 7 mode only gives you 2 hours of battery life!

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Topics: Hardware, Laptops, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Smartphones, Software, Tablets, Windows

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  • Is this an April Fools?

    I never ever thought I'd end up seeing something like this...!
    zwhittaker
    • Neither have I. It's intriguing

      @zwhittaker
      but never anything I would buy, let alone concieve.
      William Pharaoh
  • Windows 7 no, but Windows 8 definately

    love to be able to just walk up and use any wireless mouse/keyboard/display with a computer like this...
    Johnny Vegas
    • RE: Fujitsu unveils dual-boot Windows 7/Symbian powered smartphone

      @Johnny Vegas I could delete Windows 7, install openSUSE Linux, and my dreams could come true! All I ask of the tech world is an x86 pocket computer (bring back the UMPC dangit!) that can incidentally make phone calls. Is that too much to ask? Apparently not anymore....
      jgm@...
  • RE: Fujitsu unveils dual-boot Windows 7/Symbian powered smartphone

    You will find more people just booting into Microsoft Windows 7 and pretty much eliminating the need for Symbian on it. Its like having a full fledged computer right in your hands. And since the rest of your network already runs Microsoft Windows 7, integrating this device into it will be easy.
    LoverockDavidson
    • RE: Fujitsu unveils dual-boot Windows 7/Symbian powered smartphone

      @LoverockDavidson

      Two hour battery life.

      It's a mobile phone, that you have to keep tied to the wall!
      OffsideInVancouver
      • RE: Fujitsu unveils dual-boot Windows 7/Symbian powered smartphone

        @OffsideInVancouver
        Totally worth it.
        LoverockDavidson
      • No

        This is meant to be a mobile device, and more importantly a phone.

        2hrs is unacceptable.
        Michael Alan Goff
  • RE: Fujitsu unveils dual-boot Windows 7/Symbian powered smartphone

    I am voting for Windows 8!!
    jatbains
  • Holy crap...

    2 hrs of battery life? Really?
    Michael Alan Goff
  • RE: Fujitsu unveils dual-boot Windows 7/Symbian powered smartphone

    I'm more intrigued by the fact that this is even possible than I am by the idea of actually trying to use the device.

    2 hours battery life sounds pretty bad, but it wasn't so long ago that this is what you would expect out of a full laptop.

    Can it be docked?
    SlithyTove
  • RE: Fujitsu unveils dual-boot Windows 7/Symbian powered smartphone

    This is actually quite intriguing, particularly if a "docking station" is available, for the device. I'd be very interested in something like this if it had a "smart dock" like Motorola's Atrix.
    brian@...
  • when the tablets get a phone chip

    I'll be alot more interested in having an operating system on my phone when the tablet IS my phone, and am able to just have the pad and a bluetooth headset. Having to carry around a pad and a phone is just too much to deal with. working on a document with a microscope really isn't much fun either.
    sparkle farkle
  • Load Windows 8 on that thing...

    it would work in tiled mode on the phone, and when the phone is attached to a docking station like Motorola Atrix, it would show the traditional desktop.
    iravgupta
  • RE: Fujitsu unveils dual-boot Windows 7/Symbian powered smartphone

    Thats actually pretty nice, if only it ran Android instead of the dying symbian platform I might be interested.
    Jimster480
  • RE: Fujitsu unveils dual-boot Windows 7/Symbian powered smartphone

    I pretty sure it can play Warcraft III on this device, and I quite sure we can play crysis on this kind of phone after 2 years.
    Lghost
  • RE: Fujitsu unveils dual-boot Windows 7/Symbian powered smartphone

    I'm sure it won't be much longer for even more powerful hardware like this. This is why Windows 8 is going to be used for both tablets and Desktops. Windows 9 is most likely going to be phones, tablets, desktops, etc.
    grayknight-22253692004129760887070084760051
  • RE: Fujitsu unveils dual-boot Windows 7/Symbian powered smartphone

    Nice mobile mode, but how does it last longer on 3G than on the regular GSM? Last time I checked, 3G is a lot faster (thus would require more power) than GSM. That's insane if it's actually true :O

    Now about the PC mode, unless it has an accessory like the Lapdock for the Motorola Atrix, it is simply gonna be eye straining on such a small screen device :p
    MrElectrifyer