Fujitsu launches LifeBooks with Centrino 2

Fujitsu announced the new LifeBook T5010 and LifeBook T1010 tablets, plus four new LifeBook models built on the Centrino 2 platform.

A 13.3-inch tablet? That's a first.

To coincide with Monday night's launch of Centrino 2, Fujitsu announced six new laptops, all of which incorporate the new platform. Highlights from the announcement include two convertible tablets with 13.3-inch displays--a first--and a media-oriented midsize system with a handful of unique features.

First up, the tablets: The LifeBook T5010 and LifeBook T1010 are the first convertible tablets to incorporate a 13.3-inch backlit-LED screen. The LifeBook T5010, aimed at business users, includes such corporate-friendly features as a Trusted Platform Module, modular drive bay, optional WWAN, optional indoor/outdoor display, and support for Intel vPro technology. Likewise, its black lid and conservative design would fit in at any business meeting. The LifeBook T5010 will be available in 30 days with prices starting at $1,769.

The LifeBook T1010 is nearly identical to the T5010, but it's designed for students, consumers, and small businesses that don't need corporate-level security and management features. As such, the T1010 features a touch-screen display, fixed Webcam, and no WWAN option. It also features a glossy, patterned silver lid and a lower starting price ($1,299), and it's available for order immediately.

Aside from the tablets, we're most intrigued by news of the 15.4-inch LifeBook A6210. The new midsize system includes a number of unique features, such as wireless USB, an eSATA port, and a new gesture-enabled touch pad. There's also a choice of integrated or discrete graphics, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and an HDMI port, which nicely complements the optional Blu-ray drive. We're also curious to see the laptop's new high-gloss lid, which reportedly departs from Fujitsu's usual ho-hum look. The LifeBook A6210 is available for order immediately, at a starting price of $1,149.

Other Fujitsu laptops to get the Centrino 2 treatment include the 15.4-inch LifeBook E8420 (starting at $1,359), the 14.1-inch LifeBook S6520 (starting at $1,529), and the 14-inch LifeBook S7220 (starting at $1,229). See the manufacturer's Web site for more details.