By >Daimaou - G.G-B
[Hands-On] Fujitsu Stylistic Q550/C Tablet, a wonderful hardware desperately needing a mobile OS
Fujitsu has introduced this morning in Japan its latest tablet the Stylistic Q550/C, a great looking and well build tablet that unfortunately would have been much better with a real mobile OS.
Technically speaking there is nothing wrong with Fujitsu’s Stylistic Q550/C Tablet, and being among the first users of Windows XP Tablets and having the chance to use many Fujitsu’s one, I can tell you that Fujitsu knows how to build a serious tablet, and today’s Stylistic Q550/C is no exception!
With a fantastic build quality and well-designed body, the Q550/C comes with a wide range of Intel ATOM CPU including Intel’s latest Oak Trail ATOM Z670 running at 1.5GHz.
Other specs including 2GB of RAM, a 10.1” Multi-touch screen with LED backlight and a 1280×720 resolution, HDMI Out, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, Optional 3G, HDMI out and the choice between 30GB or 62GB of internal memory.
A well build device indeed that unfortunately was not able to reach its full potential due to Microsoft Windows 7 limitations. Do not get me wrong I have nothing against Windows 7, I like the OS and love its Media Center Experience, but on all devices available today to play with we felt how heavy/sluggish Windows 7 is on an Atom Based tablet and whished Microsoft would have consider to create a real Mobile version of its Windows 7 OS.
Bottom line, the Stylistic comes with a really good hardware that would have been better off running Linux or a tuned Windows 7 version build for mobile devices.
FInally expect this new Stylistic Q550/C tablet within Arpril/May around 89,000 (touch input) and 99,000 Yen (pen + touch input).
Building on Fujitsu’s long heritage of creating tablet PCs for professional and business users, the Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 slate PC builds in security from the ground up, so that it meets the most stringent ICT security requirements of governments and businesses. The Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 is developed to meet enterprise mobile computing demands and integrate seamlessly into existing ICT infrastructures.
As enterprises struggle to keep consumer smartphones and tablets off their corporate networks to avoid security breaches, Fujitsu is taking an alternative approach with the introduction of a companion device designed for maximum interoperability with business environments. Seamless integration is provided thanks to use of the Microsoft Windows® 7 operating system. Additional licensing and rollout costs are capped since the slate PC uses the same software already deployed in enterprise infrastructures.
Usability features also help set the Fujitsu slate PC apart from other mobile devices. The STYLISTIC Q550 is distinguished by elements such as full work day battery runtime and a brilliant anti-glare 10.1-inch screen that allows for use both indoors and outdoors. Seamless connectivity comes through the inclusion of WLAN, Bluetooth and optional mobile broadband 3G/UMTS, enabling collaboration such as the sharing of documents while on the move.
Along with excellent ergonomics, Fujitsu makes mobile data entry easier by combining a multiple touch interface with precise and pressure-sensitive pen input. The STYLISTIC Q550 automatically recognizes when users are working with a pen, allowing them to rest their hand on the screen when writing. Built-in handwriting recognition software converts input to text. When the pen is not in use, the slate PC automatically readjusts to a touch interface.
Since 1991, Fujitsu has pursued the global expansion of tablet PC portfolio with an emphasis on the North American market. Currently, it holds the second-largest market share in North America(1).
Fujitsu is offering the STYLISTIC Q550 as a ubiquitous terminal that can be utilized safely and securely in all business scenarios, while at the same time accommodating advancements in enterprise system environments, including rapidly accelerating communications environments and cloud computing.
“Microsoft welcomes the release of the STYLISTIC Q550,” says Steven Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President of the OEM Division, Microsoft Corporation. “Windows® 7 is a great choice for commercial customers looking for a devices that enables the flexibility and mobility their businesses need to succeed. With Windows® 7, you get enterprise manageability, security, as well as the ability to run the applications used within organizations.”
“The STYLISTIC Q550 delivers low power and performance with the upcoming Intel Atom processor, codenamed ‘Oak Trail’” said Doug Davis, vice president and general manager of the Netbook and Tablet Group, Intel. “Atom processors help provides business users a seamless, rich multi-tasking experience with PC-like functionality and all day battery life for professionals on the move.”
To accommodate the full range of business scenarios in which customers operate, Fujitsu will continue to introduce new ways for customers to leverage cloud computing and other corporate ICT systems to enhance their businesses.
Features of the STYLISTIC Q550
1. Usability and user experience – effortless and intuitive operability via touch or pen input
The STYLISTIC Q550 runs on Microsoft Windows® 7 and is compatible with Windows®’ multi-touch capabilities. Users can control applications and input text by touching the screen simply with just a touch of their fingers or by the attached stylus.
The STYLISTIC Q550 is equipped with a next-generation Intel® ATOM™ CPU that is highly-compatible with Microsoft Windows® 7 operating system, energy efficient, and features superior performance. By making full use of Fujitsu’s proprietary power supply control functionality, the new series provides effortless operations using a large-capacity battery that can power the slate PC’s 10.1 inch screen while still lasting approximately 10 hours(2). Furthermore in terms of maintenance, the battery is removable. The overall unit weighs only 690g when a standard battery is inserted(3).
The STYLISTIC Q550 employs an ergonomic design, with a surface texture and weight balance that make it fit naturally in the user’s hand.
2. Content creation and collaboration – enhanced network communications features to support a ubiquitous working environment
The STYLISTIC Q550 can connect to IEEE 802.11n/a/g-compatible wireless LANs and wireless WANs(4), thereby enabling high-speed network communications. This in turn, makes data communications in a cloud computing environment effortless and helps to facilitate smooth business operations.
3. Security and manageability – highly compatible with existing ICT systems, features advanced security
As the STYLISTIC Q550 runs on Microsoft Windows® 7, customers can deploy the slate PC without having to make changes to existing Windows®-environment security resources and operations management systems. Moreover, through its unique product design process, Fujitsu has engineered the slate PC to incorporate a variety of technologies—such as fingerprint authentication, smart card reader, embedded security chip(5), and encrypted SSD—that enable the development of even more robust security systems, an important feature for enterprise customers.
4. Payment by monthly installments (in Japan only)
By using Fujitsu’s Workplace LCM Service, which provides total outsourcing support over the lifecycle of the customer’s ICT equipment ranging from planning and acquisition to deployment, day-to-day operations, equipment retirement, and disposal for a monthly fee, customers can reduce the initial costs and operational management burdens involved with the deployment of the STYLISTIC Q550, in addition to utilizing thin clients.
Fujitsu will continue to deliver products and services not only through its computing products, but also by expanding its cloud services offerings in mobility catered towards sales, customer management, and maintenance operations so that customers can easily and effectively conduct business towards the future.