Fujitsu tablet PCs get flash storage

— 4:55 PM on March 19, 2007

Amidst news of ever-increasing flash solid-state drive (SSD) capacities, Fujitsu has announced a pair of tablet PCs that come with either traditional hard drives or Samsung flash drives. The smallest of the two models, the new Fujitsu LifeBook P1610, sports a 8.9" touch-screen display, a 1.2GHz Intel Core Solo processor, up to 1GB of RAM, 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi, optional Bluetooth support, and a choice of Windows Vista or Windows XP operating systems. Users will be able to order the machine with either a regular 40GB/60GB/80GB hard drive or with a Samsung SSD packing either 16GB or 32GB of capacity. The 16GB SSD will add $700 to the price of the system, while the 32GB SSD will cost users an extra $1200.

The second tablet PC Fujitsu is introducing is the LifeBook B6210. This model has a larger, 12.1" display and otherwise similar specs and storage options to the LifeBook P1610, although apparently Fujitsu won't offer this one with Windows Vista pre-installed. The B6210 weighs in at 3.7lbs, compared to either 2.2lbs or 2.5lbs for the P1610 depending on the user's choice of battery. To go with the solid-state storage, Fujitsu will also offer the B6210 model with an optional rubberized enclosure. However, Laptop Magazine notes that SSD options for both systems aren't aimed at the general public, and that one will have to contact Fujitsu directly to get a price quote.

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