Fujitsu phone dual-boots Symbian and, er, Windows 7 Home Premium

Fujitsu Japan has an Atom-based smart phone capable of running both Symbian and the full PC version of Windows 7.

Andy Merrett
Andy Merrett has been using mobile phones since the days when they only made voice calls. Since then he has worked his way through a huge number of Nokia, Motorola and Sony Ericsson models. Andy is a freelance writer and is not an employee of CNET.
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Fujitsu Japan's futuristically named new LOOX F-07C is designed to function as both a smart phone and a mini tablet, packing Symbian and Windows 7.

Hang on a minute! Windows 7? Lest the shock of a dual-booting mobile device allows confusion to set in, we're not talking about Windows Phone 7. No, this baby crams in the 32-bit Japanese version of Windows 7 Home Premium, Engadget reports. How bizarre, as OMC put it back in 1996.

The initial specification list mentions a 1.2GHz Atom processor, so it would certainly have a good go at running Microsoft's latest operating system, albeit with some processor-intensive functions such as Full HD playback missing. The unnamed chip is unlikely to be Intel's new Z760, which should run at 1.5GHz.

The 2cm-thick handset has a gorgeous 4-inch touchscreen display pimping a 1,024x600-pixel resolution (just slightly taller than 16:9 widescreen) and a slide-out keyboard. Symbian apps will be work just fine, while Windows 7's multi-touch credentials should mean using the phone as a very mini tablet is at least possible, if not comfortable.

Early video of the device shows it sitting in a USB cradle, which means it could be used as a desktop replacement at a push. It could end up permanently attached to its dock if the specs are to be believed -- in Windows 7 mode it has a 2-hour battery life. Apparently it switches to Symbian phone mode when the battery is low. We guess users will spend a lot of time using Nokia's one-time best friend.

It includes two cameras -- one 5-megapixel snapper with face detection and auto-focus, and a 0.3-megapixel effort for video calls. It takes microSD cards up to 32GB.

With a June or July launch date, its expected price converts to around £540. Whether it ever leaves Japan is another matter. We've already seen some interesting concepts from Fujitsu, but no UK market for its phones.

On a practical note, we're not convinced sticking a full-blown version of Windows on a smart phone is such a hot move. Why not ditch the dual-boot shenanigans, throw out Symbian and load it up with Windows Phone instead? Or better yet, Android?