High-PPI displays, new Intel chips collide in waterproof Fujitsu convertibles


— 9:18 AM on October 9, 2013

Fujitsu announced a slew of mobile systems on Tuesday, including the high-PPI ultrabook Cyril wrote about. I'm more interested in Transformer-style convertibles, so another system caught my eye. The Stylistic Q584 combines a Bay Trail Atom Z3770 SoC with a 10.1", 2560x1600 IPS display. The CPU can be paired with up to 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of flash storage, while the touchscreen supports both capacitive multitouch and digitizer-based stylus input.

 

The underlying hardware sounds great, but that's not the coolest part. This thing meets the IP5X standard for dustproofing and the IPX5, 7, and 8 specifications for waterproofing. According to the IP Code, the Q584 should be capable of surviving "continuous immersion" in water. The exterior is "resistant to alcohol-based wipes," too, so germaphobes should be able to scrub the device obsessively.

In addition to its robust exterior, the Q584 has everything you'd expect from a next-gen tablet: USB 3.0, microSD, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, dual cameras, and a bonus Micro USB 2.0 port. Optional extras include NFC, LTE connectivity, and two docking stations. The keyboard dock has a touchpad but doesn't appear to include additional ports or battery power. The desktop dock provides display outs, Ethernet, and extra USB ports.

With a weight of 1.4 lbs and a body 0.39-0.63" thick, the Q584 is about the same weight as the iPad 4 but fatter overall. You have to give up something to get waterproofing, I guess. At least Fujitsu didn't shrink the battery too much to compensate. The tablet is rated for 10 hours of run time.

Fujitsu says the Stylistic Q584 will be available in November, although unfortunately, there's no word on the price. In December, the tablet will be joined by a similarly weatherized Q704 model with Haswell guts and a battery-equipped keyboard dock. The Stylistic Q704 has a 12.5" IPS display, but the resolution is knocked down to 1920x1080. You have to live with not only a lower PPI, but also a 16:9 aspect ratio. You'll also have to haul an extra 0.8 lbs, but the chassis is thinner overall at 0.47".

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