Fujitsu ICS tablet: Cheaper, thinner, lighter than iPad

Fujitsu ICS tablet: Cheaper, thinner, lighter than iPad

Summary: Fujitsu may have accidentally stumbled across the ideal tablet for consumers that brings the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android, a quad-core processor and good connectivity, but is pitching it primarily for business use

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    At first glance, Fujitsu's M532 could seem a little vanilla. It has 32GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi and data connectivity, and comes with a virtually unmodified version of Android 4.0. It also has no proprietary Fujitsu user interface, making it ripe for quick upgrades in the future.

    Its Corning Gorilla Glass-equipped 10.1-inch screen also seemed bright enough, even if the resolution does max out at 1280 x 800 pixels. There's always the option of connecting to an external display for full 1080p video playback via the dock (sold separately) or via an HDMI-to-microUSB converter cable, just as the HTC One X does. So far, so good. But here's the kicker: it has one thing that so many other tablets haven't managed to achieve — simplicity.

    There's just one variant, which makes it easy to choose and buy. Plus, it comes with a price tag of just £476. Apple, which has done extraordinarily well in the pricing of its tablets and exercising command over economies of scale in manufacturing, can offer its 32GB new iPad with Wi-Fi and data for £579. But Fujitsu has managed to bring the M532 to market for more than £100 less.

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  • Fujistu Stylistic flat

    While many hardware makers talk about simplicity in their products, few deliver it. Fewer still manage to make the device easy to buy. This is where I've some concerns with the M532.

    If it is meant to be a BYOD tablet, it needs to be available to buy from online retailers and mobile operators, and not just through business channels. Asked whether Fujitsu will team up with operators to get the M532 into peoples' hands, Shaw said discussions are still taking place.

    The tablet is scheduled for release in mid-June. If Fujitsu fails to secure a deal with the networks, there's a good chance that the intended audience won't really ever see the Stylistic M532.

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  • Fujistu Stylistic depth

    So if you can deal with a slightly unremarkable-looking tablet, this may be the one for you. On the plus side, it's 8.6mm thick, has a claimed battery life of around 8.5 hours of video playback and weighs just 560g. Also, it's likely to get future operating system upgrades quickly and provides good connectivity. By comparison, the equivalent new iPad weighs 662g and is 9.4mm thick.

    Here, the M532 is shown next to a Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone, to give an idea of depth.

    Of course, given its business inclinations, there are also a host of enterprise-angled features and software, according to Shaw. These include full-disk encryption, remote tracking, pre-installed Norton tablet security software and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) integration for providing access to Citrix and VMware viewers.

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Topics: Mobility, Smartphones

Ben Woods

About Ben Woods

With several years' experience covering everything in the world of telecoms and mobility, Ben's your man if it involves a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other piece of tech small enough to carry around with you.

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