Today I'm at a media event on Fujitsu's Sunnyvale campus,
where the company just announced its newest ultraportable
laptop, the LifeBook Q2010. Designed to be the laptop
equivalent of the iPod and the Motorola Razr, the Q2010 is
one good-lookin' machine. The 2.2-pound ultraportable felt
like a toy when I picked it up; I thought it was a
prototype and was shocked when it actually booted. Quip of
the day goes to Fujitsu's Paul Moore, who said of the
Q2010's 0.75-inch thickness, "If I got a sandwich this thin
I'd send it back." Other specs:
- Choice of Intel Core Solo processors
- 12.1-inch wide-screen display
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
- Titanium hinges, magnesium housing, shock-mounted hard drive with accelerometer
- Trusted Platform Module, built-in fingerprint reader
- Windows XP Pro (Windows Vista capable)
- Docking station with DVD burner
While competing corporate ultraportables, such as the Lenovo ThinkPad X60s and the Sony VAIO VGN-TX670, integrate a WWAN antenna into their design, Fujitsu has been more cautious about locking users in with a specific cellular carrier; those who want cellular data connectivity will have to use a third-party WWAN PC card.
The LifeBook Q2010 will be available within the next six weeks, and pricing has yet to be finalized. We expect a unit in our labs soon and look forward to posting a full review as soon as we can.
Also announced today were updates to the LifeBook E series and S series. The LifeBook E8210 marks Fujitsu's first 15.4-inch wide-screen notebook for the corporate space; it updates the previous-generation E8020, which had a 15-inch standard-aspect display, with Intel Core Solo and Core Duo processors, a spill-resistant keyboard, fingerprint reader, and Trusted Platform Module. Those same features will grace the 14.1-inch LifeBook S7110, a refresh of the S7000 model. The base configuration of the LifeBook E8210 will cost $1,249, while pricing for the S7110 starts at $1,449.