Fujitsu Stylistic Windows 7 slate: Microsoft's latest, greatest iPad competitor?

Fujitsu Stylistic Windows 7 slate: Microsoft's latest, greatest iPad competitor?

Summary: There's a new Windows 7 slate coming to town (starting in April this year) that Microsoft is hoping may give the company at least a temporary answer to Apple's iPad and the various Android slates coming to market this year.

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Windows 7 slates and tablets haven't exactly knocked customers off their feet. But there's a new Windows 7 slate coming to town (starting in April this year) that Microsoft is hoping may give the company at least a temporary answer to Apple's iPad and the various Android slates coming to market this year.

Fujitsu shared more details on February 24 about the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550, which got an early debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011. The coming slate, based on the Intel "Oak Trail" Atom processor, runs Windows 7 Professional. It supports pen-based input, along with touch, and offers an optional smartcard reader for extra security, according to Fujitsu's press release about the business/enterprise-focused product.

Fujitsu is promising up to 10 hours of battery life (using a large-capacity battery), and the press release says the device weighs 1.5 pounds (690 grams) when a regular-capacity battery is inserted.

There's no U.S. pricing (or availability information) for the Stylistic Q550 yet. The touch-only version goes on sale in Japan in April for JPY 90,000 ($1,100) and the touch/pen version will hit in May for JPY 100,000 ($1,222).

Here's Fujitsu's latest promotional video showing off the coming device:

In keeping with Microsoft's own iPad-compete guidance, Fujitsu is highlighting the ability of the coming slates to be managed and secured by corporate IT departments as a differentiation point from the iPad and other consumer-focused slates. From Fujitsu press release:

"As enterprises struggle to keep consumer smartphones and tablets off their corporate networks to avoid security breaches, Fujitsu is taking an alternative approach with the introduction of a companion device designed for maximum interoperability with business environments. Seamless integration is provided thanks to use of the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. Additional licensing and rollout costs are capped since the slate PC uses the same software already deployed in enterprise infrastructures."

Microsoft is touting the ability of Windows-based slates and tablets to help customers keep their IP secure, demonstrate compliance to auditors and lock stolen devices.

The battery life and weight of this device sound good to me, but the price tag is still on the high side. As I've noted before, Microsoft's "real" answer to the iPad isn't likely to happen until its partners start cranking out Windows 8 slates. Until then, do you think the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 has a chance to keep Apple from further infiltrating Microsoft's installed base?

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

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  • We've use the Stylistic ST series tablets

    (ST5010) for years and they seem to be a good, rugged tablet.
    At least they have a track record to look at, some of the other companies i think I'd wait a year to see how they hold up.
    John Zern
    • RE: Fujitsu Stylistic Windows 7 slate: Microsoft's latest, greatest iPad competitor?

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      termopane
  • RE: Fujitsu Stylistic Windows 7 slate: Microsoft's latest, greatest iPad competitor?

    When will we see the return of the convertible tablet? That's what corporations want, an actually utilitarian device that can be used as both a laptop and a tablet!
    angarita calvo
    • RE: Fujitsu Stylistic Windows 7 slate: Microsoft's latest, greatest iPad competitor?

      @angarita calvo
      The Samsung Slider is due in March. The Dell Inspiron Duo ia out now.

      The Samsung specs are similar to the Fujitsu and will cost $699. You can get the Dell today for $549.
      dazzlingd
      • RE: Fujitsu Stylistic Windows 7 slate: Microsoft's latest, greatest iPad competitor?

        @dazzlingd
        dazzlingd, you forgot something. "Next question please!
        eargasm
      • RE: Fujitsu Stylistic Windows 7 slate: Microsoft's latest, greatest iPad competitor?

        @dazzlingd I sure hope the Dell gets upgraded to Oak Trail, and that they change that awful blue on the Samsung Slider.
        angarita calvo
      • RE: Fujitsu Stylistic Windows 7 slate: Microsoft's latest, greatest iPad competitor?

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    • RE: Fujitsu Stylistic Windows 7 slate: Microsoft's latest, greatest iPad competitor?

      @angarita calvo

      Return? They've been getting better and better every year. I'm typing this on my HP EliteBook 2740p, by far the best Tablet PC or laptop I've ever used. Multi-touch works great, Core-i7, SSD, 4-6 hours of batter life (8-12 hourswith the super slim second battery). Just plain awesome, I use it in slate mode all the time.
      KTLA
      • RE: Fujitsu Stylistic Windows 7 slate: Microsoft's latest, greatest iPad competitor?

        @KTLA I know they're awesome, but my problem is the tech press and Microsoft seem to have forgotten about this form factor, as you don't hear about them much. Also I'd like to see them being promoted more in brick & mortars like Best Buy.
        angarita calvo
      • RE: Fujitsu Stylistic Windows 7 slate: Microsoft's latest, greatest iPad competitor?

        @KTLA I agree. I'm on my 3rd Toshiba hybrid tablet since 2003. Very, very useful. With pen input I can take notes at meetings - not possible with an onscreen typewriter. Admittedly a bit heavy.

        My next tablet will likely be the Asus EP121 with Bluetooth keyboard. Best of both worlds.
        Major Plonquer
      • RE: Fujitsu Stylistic Windows 7 slate: Microsoft's latest, greatest iPad competitor?

        @KTLA : it's nice to know that there are 10+ people using slates. What a formidable crowd against 15 million men, women and children using iPads.

        Am sure Microsoft is confident that it's loyal userbase will help them weather the storm and drive enough money to their OEMs to avoid the temptation of looking into Android. Hell to HP that dared use an alternative OS.

        LOL!!!
        cosuna
      • RE: Fujitsu Stylistic Windows 7 slate: Microsoft's latest, greatest iPad competitor?

        Fujitsu and will cost $699. You can get the Dell today for $549. <a href="http://www.classmates.com/directory/school/Woodfield%20Junior%20High%20School?org=17962221">Woodfield High School</a> | <a href="http://twitter.com/woodfielduni">Woodfield University</a>
        JonathanTrott
    • RE: Fujitsu Stylistic Windows 7 slate: Microsoft's latest, greatest iPad competitor?

      @angarita calvo ... HP has the EliteBook 2740p which is has fantastic hardware specifications and is something that I use every day.
      GoodThings2Life
    • RE: Fujitsu Stylistic Windows 7 slate: Microsoft's latest, greatest iPad competitor?

      @angarita calvo --- Dell has the XT3 coming out in June with a 13.3" screen with an i3 or i5 CPU. You can also get it with a direct sunlight readable screen.
      frankwick
      • RE: Fujitsu Stylistic Windows 7 slate: Microsoft's latest, greatest iPad competitor?

        @frankwick That's awesome! Where'd you hear that?
        angarita calvo
    • RE: Fujitsu Stylistic Windows 7 slate: Microsoft's latest, greatest iPad competitor?

      @angarita calvo They're already out. HP EliteBook 2940p, Lenovo X200 and X201 tablets and Dell XT2 just to name a few. I happen to have an older EliteBook 2930p (Pen & keyboard, no multi-touch) Fully loaded with 128GB SSD, 8GB of RAM and it runs full SharePoint Server 2010 as well as playback of entertainment I consume on my trip to work. :)
      MSFT_Tinkering
    • RE: Fujitsu Stylistic Windows 7 slate: Microsoft's latest, greatest iPad competitor?

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  • At least it's a Useful Tablet

    It might be a little pricey, but definitely seems useful - thankfully. After all, how many toy (iPad) tablets are there going to be? These silly devices that you what, look at pictures of little Suzy on, surf the Internet (except for Flash sites - sorry Apple users), read e-books (indoors only, thank you), play fart apps, and of course play games on - and you pay 500 to 900 dollars to do this?? Please - let's see some tablets for grown-ups with jobs, who need a business class tablet that you can actually get work done on, and not any more of these overpriced, silly Internet toys.
    jpr75_z
    • I'll see your scorn, and raise you two mocks

      @jpr75_z You silly poster, I mock you as -- cha-ching -- the 20 millionth person just laid to rest your fulminating hyperbole by purchasing their very own toy tablet!

      You see, no one cares that you don't get it!
      Robert Hahn
      • RE: Fujitsu Stylistic Windows 7 slate: Microsoft's latest, greatest iPad competitor?

        @Robert Hahn Hmmm, 20 million ... Yes, I believe there are that many stupid people in the world.
        Bottom line, if you want to get actual work done or produce real office documents and create useable content, the input and processing power have to be more robust than these useless iPad and Android tablets that have proliferated. I like Fujitsu's tablet / laptop combo, but it needs to be refreshed with faster hardware.
        I_h8_cats