Photos: Fujitsu pitches Windows 8 hybrid tablet at the enterprise

Photos: Fujitsu pitches Windows 8 hybrid tablet at the enterprise

Summary: Fujitsu's 'split personality' Q702 Windows 8-based tablet will be aimed directly at business users. But has it got the chops to go up against the raft of other Windows 8 devices?

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  • Fujitsu is once again dipping its toes into the tablet market.

    This time, it's offering up a Windows 8-based device that can be used as a pure tablet or as a replacement for other hardware.

    The Q702 comes with a keyboard, allowing it to be used instead of a netbook or laptop, or without the extra kit, as a normal slate.

    "This is a hybrid form factor, with a split personality," Dave Shaw, Fujitsu tablet product manager, told ZDNet. "It is absolutely capable as a tablet but it can be used with a keyboard for heavy-duty data entry where necessary." 

    It also comes with a stylus for precision operations, which includes a right-click button on the side.

    Image: Ben Woods

  • Alone, the tablet weighs around 850g, making it on the heavy side for the class.

    Combined with its keyboard dock, it weighs 1.7kg, making it only a little lighter than many traditional 15-inch laptops, and heavier than most ultrabooks.

    The tablet's internals can be specified by the buyer, and can include an Intel i3 or i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and solid state drives (SSDs) up to 256GB. 

    It also comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, and provides the option for adding in a 3G or 4G mobile data module.

    The Q702 comes running Windows 8 as standard, but Fujitsu is providing the option to downgrade it to Windows 7.

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  • While Fujitu is targeting BYOD users with the enterprise-centric Q702, the company still expects to sell the majority of units through the traditional IT buying cycle rather than to consumers directly.

    "Businesses are now properly reviewing their estate, and thinking more proactively about where the tablet form factor can deliver the productivity gains," Shaw told ZDNet.

    "Some of the hype and buzz around tablets is just starting to subside a little bit and business are starting to realise that tablets can [provide] real productivity gains for the right users."

    Given its enterprise roots, it's little surprise the Q702 offers some handy features omitted on other tablets, such as a USB 3.0 port, HDMI-out and microSD expansion.

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Topics: Tablets, Laptops, Mobility, Windows

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  • What about weight, dimensions, RAM, cpu, battery life, price, etc.

    Were you determined to do no work this morning?
    Johnny Vegas
    • Click through the slideshow pictures for more info

      CPU, Ram, Storage, Weight, etc.

      I didn't see battery life, but I recall an interview from Fujitsu earlier this year about some tablet/hybrids they were making. ARM tablets having 12+ hours battery and their x86 tablets having 8+ hour battery life.

      It may not be about these, but these do look nice as full featured replacements. A bit heavy, but better than having two carry two devices.
      Emacho
  • There's no info yet

    The release was pretty mum on the device other than that it exists. Be happy they have a photo!
    skyledavisbooks
  • Click through the gallery for more information...

    @JohnnyVegas

    Page 2 of the gallery provides information about CPU, RAM and weight. Page 4 details battery life, and page 5 gives further information on price and availability.

    Thanks for reading and commenting.
    Jon Yeomans
  • thick, ugly and will be expensive

    that is Fujitsu

    And why the heck you have to provide downgrade rights to Windows 7?? So touch oriented laptop with non-touch oriented OS? They do no that Windows 8 is full backward compatible with 7, including the desktop for those who need it.
    ninjacut
    • I have always been satisfied with fujitsu tablets

      Sure, they are expensive, but the quality is pretty good. I LOVE their modular bays, and their design.

      Its not "hipsterish" like a MacBook, instead it is a great business class device.
      the_tyrant
      • The Fujitsu is more "hipsterish" tablet. MacBooks are powerful laptops..

        On the contrary, the Fujitsu's ugly, retro design is the very definition of "hipsterish" (i.e. cool by being retro, unclassifiable and with an op-shop look.)

        That said, the Fujitsu and a MacBook Pro (MacBook for short) aren't really comparable. The MacBook is a powerful laptop, whereas the Samsung is more like a tablet with a keyboard. Here are some points of comparison that make this clear.

        1) The Fujitsu is hampered by a maximum of 4GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD compared with 8-16 GB of RAM and 768 GB of SSD for the MacBook.

        2) The Fujitsu has dual-core CPUs, while the MacBook has quad cores running about 50% faster.

        3) The Fujitsu's screen is 11.6" with 1366 x 768 pixels, while the Mac is 15" with 2880 x 1800 pixels. (That's 5 times as many pixels in a display that has nearly twice the area.)

        4) As for ports, both have HDMI out, Bluetooth 4, two USB 3 ports, an SD slot, 802.11 wireless up to level n and a headphone socket.

        The Mac has the usual Apple optical digital audio out and Thunderbolt, which can also serve as a gigabit ethernet or Firewire connection with an adaptor.

        The Samsung has has 4G WWAN, an ethernet socket in the base and a second, higher-resolution camera.

        So the MacBook is a far more powerful machine, running a full OS X/UNIX operating system.

        The Samsung is geared more towards the tablet market, where its built-in 4G WWAN might be useful. That said, an iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard offers the same sort of functionality in a smaller package.
        StandardPerson
  • Fujitsu did not just "dabble" in tablets

    they have gone all out, releasing a huge slew of touchscreen equipment since the original XP tablet edition.
    the_tyrant
  • The !#@ is that?

    Looks like they slapped a 2001 laptop keyboard onto a rather "bricky" tablet.
    What a fugly .... THING? I don't know what to call it.
    Hybrid doesn't quite do it for me.

    Fujitsu, you were not PAYING ATTENTION when Microsoft was waving the Surface in your face, and begging you to toe the line!
    They're even helping you with the Surface pricepoint. They WANT you to succeed. Why are you making it so hard for that to happen?
    ackacka
  • Tablets?

    It seems whenever any tablet is connected to an external keyboard-mouse, it
    becomes too bulky to hold on a lap,as you would a laptop.
    So,one probably must place the combo on a table,or such,to keep
    a good connection between the two.
    At this point you have only created a "mini-all in one desktop".
    Then,the process has come full circle..
    knash1
  • maybe

    Stylistic was a great beginners tablet for me, and used it until I got an iPad. Windows 8 or RT may be more Office friendly, so I could be making the move soon. Any ideas?
    dalspartan
  • OUCH!

    so heavy!

    I bet it gets hot as an oven too.
    theoilman