Two new LifeBook flip-style tablet PCs have been released by Fujitsu today. With Core i5 and Core i7 processors, these 12.1-inch convertibles ship with 2GB of ram, a 160GB harddrive, dual-layer DVD-R, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a battery packing “5.5 hours” of estimated life. What makes these special is their processing power, with the i5 you can go up to 2.53Ghz, or 2.66GHz with the i7 upgrade. Remember, they weigh just under 4 pounds and it’s not going to be your eBook replacement, but touchscreen will allow you to flip that cool Google streetview map around with your finger in front of your pals. Connectivity continues with HDMI and VGA output, triple USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, Ethernet, ExpressCard 54 and a Memory Stick/SD card slot. It pretty much sounds like a desktop at this point; its thickness isn’t going to rival anything out there, but you do get a whole lot of love for that $1869 starting price. How responsive is Windows 7 on these touchscreens? Does anyone have experience with them?
Surprising no one with a technology pulse, tablets are big at this year’s CES. So with damn near everyone and their grandmother showing off what they’ve been working on over the last year, it’s advisable that your product better be among the sleekest if you want to get noticed.