Windows 8 is still a few months away, but Fujitsu has already announced a couple of tablet hybrids that look perfect for Microsoft's new OS. The 11.6" Stylistic Q702 takes cues from Asus' Transformer designs, offering separate tablet and keyboard components. The former boasts an IPS panel with support for both multi-touch and stylus input. Oddly, the official press release doesn't mention the display resolution, which is likely 1366x768. Options include Ivy-based Core i3 and i5 CPUs and either 64 or 128GB of solid-state storage. The tablet will come with 4GB of RAM by default, and it's supposed to tip the scales at 1.9 lbs.
Adding the keyboard dock brings an auxiliary battery to the table, boosting the Q702's run time to a purproted nine hours. Unfortunately, there's no word on how long the tablet lasts on its own. The keyboard also adds a VGA output, an Ethernet jack, and additional USB connectivity. The tablet has its own share of expansion options, including USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, an HDMI output, and an SD slot.
The Stylistic is set to start at $1,100, which is $800 less than the new Lifebook T902 convertible tablet. But the Lifebook has more to offer, including an optical drive, a spill-resistant keyboard, and enough cooling to accommodate Core i7 processors. That optical drive can be swapped out for an auxiliary battery or a second hard drive. The convertible's 13.3" screen has 1600x900 pixels according to Fujitsu's Netherlands site, but there's no mention of IPS technology. Bummer. Multi-touch and stylus input are both supported, though.
Unlike the Stylistic, the Lifebook's keyboard is permanently attached; the screen swivels and folds flat to transform the device into a tablet. The result is a hefty weight of 4.1 lbs without the optical drive. At 1.2" thick, the chassis is too portly for ultrabook status.
Although the tablets are designed with Windows 8 in mind, they'll ship with Windows 7 to start. Microsoft is offering $15 Win8 upgrades for eligible Win7 systems until January 31, and it would be nice if Fujitsu picked up the tab or coordinated upgrades itself. Road warriors may want to hold off on purchasing, anyway; cellular broadband options are coming to both tablets "at a later date." Thanks to Engadget for the tip—and the imagery.
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