Students, academics and professionals in Japan have been standing by their dependable FUJITSU Lifebooks for a long time, but where academic-life is concerned, only now has FUJITSU finally come through with the most winning tablet-PC and PC-tablet of all.

Windows® 8 Professional is everything the student needs for his/her work at school or college and at home.

“With the new STYLISTIC Q702 hybrid tablet, Fujitsu is delivering the best of both worlds: the portability and ease-of-use of a tablet, which is perfect for consuming content, and an attachable keyboard that converts the device into a full-fledged notebook for ergonomic content creation.” — Craig Parker, head of product marketing at Fujitsu

Called the “hybrid form factor, with a split personality” by Fujitsu tablet product manager, Dave Shaw, the device is “is absolutely capable as a tablet but it can be used with a keyboard for heavy-duty data entry where necessary.”

To start to create content, the student only needs to attach the keyboard or use the touch-screen for direct pen and finger input. The hybrid tablet allows the student to either type up papers and essays or to take notes, going with the student’s situation and needs.  The optional keyboard docking station incorporates a pen stylus or digitizer pen with a right-click button on the side, making it ideal for any application that requires a signature or accepts hand written annotation.

High school and college students are always on the go, portability is key… But not only do they want work anywhere more easily, they also want to work anywhere more securely… If you’re the one footing the bill for these devices, you really want to make sure the student has a robust and theft-free device.  And you’ll appreciate these advantages especially when their exams around the corner, and their research papers are stored on Fujitsu devices with anti-theft features or theft-free advantages.

Fujitsu has a long-arm experience with education institutions for years, including University of Illinois, College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, and several private school districts across the USA, as well as many Fortune Global 500 companies designed and built to work in an educational environment. So it does customer support particularly well, and provides a wide array of service plans — Fujitsu also offers “No Worries” plans to students and their parents that include accidental damage service plans, battery replacement, theft protection services, and security features, including the fingerprint reader, and apps that will allow IT managers to trace, lock and wipe the device remotely. The Fujitsu LifeBook notebooks and Stylistic Tablet PCs offer the latest technologies—including hard drive protection systems, solid-state drives, spill-resistant keyboards, magnesium-alloy casings, and titanium hinges.  See also De Paul Catholic School’s experience and Cincinatti Country Day School’s Q702 tablet PC purchase.

Students and teachers will find the digital inking features great for taking notes in class and share information wirelessly with colleagues and classmates. The Q702 tablet has an 11.6″ screen at 1366×768, is capable of sensing capacitive touch but also features an active digitizer for accurate handwriting and note-taking. Fujitsu’s multitouch Tablet PCs let students work or play with ease- with the touch of a finger, launch applications, rotate photos and zoom in or out of maps.

If you are of the “old school” on educational methods, and are still unsure how tablets could translate into learning benefits in the classroom, then read Julie DeNeen’s recent December article entitled “25 Ways To Use Tablets To Enhance The Learning Experience” and the white paper “Assessing the Impact of a Tablet-PC-Based Classroom Interaction System” that studied a strictly controlled Tablet-PC-based classroom interaction system and its impact on student performance, and that concluded that the use of such a system improves student learning, especially among the poorest performing students.

Another study by the University of Toronto, “Blackboards, PowerPoint, and Tablet PCs in the Classroom” reviews highlights of research into eye movements, reader’s cognitive processes, provides insights on the delivery of visual information in the classroom and how people learn from complex written materials.

In this next segment, we run through the features of the recently rolled out Fujitsu’s first Windows 8-based hybrid tablet, the Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 (new notebook and desktop range all running Windows 8) that might interest the student.

The wow factor of the Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q702 hybrid tablet includes the following features and specs :

  • The tablet is simply converted into a slim but full-fledged notebook for content creation …by attaching the ergonomic keyboard dock (optional)…no need for users to juggle between multiple workplace devices. With the hip looking swindle-screen “slate/notebook,” and the attachable keyboard, the student can turn the lightweight tablet into a traditional notebook for additional usability during lectures or at his study desk.
  • Fast performance … the latest (up to 3rd) generation Intel® Core™ i3 or i5 ULV processor (model dependent) ensures a powerful multitask-capable standalone tablet experience. Having a powerful processor means there will be marked difference in how quickly this computer performs all kinds of tasks, from booting up to loading a program.
  • Superior anti-glare control due the 11.6-inch HD LCD LED backlit, AH-IPS anti-glare display, and…
  • The new Windows 8 user interface that is optimized for finger touchscreen input and convenience, and as well as digital pen input. The touchscreen has 10-finger touch functionality: Enjoy the benefits of operating on the touchscreen with more than only one finger at the same time.  Double-tap, scroll, zoom, rotate – with your fingers directly on the display.
  • The Keyboard docking station featuring 4-cell battery and a full keyboard, with mousepad, and a pen digitizer* stylus for easily penning information
  • All the most essential ports you need are incorporated: integrated 1x USB 2.0 Port, 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x HDMI port, and 1x SD card slot/SDHC tablet connectivity. The host of ports also includes a standard VGA port for powering older projectors and displays up to resolutions of 1920×1200.  More slots means more upgrade possibilities.
  • The robust, chemically strengthened display glass and solid magnesium cover means your Q702 is protected from the daily droppage and scratches of common use.
  • Having the multiple security features like Intel vPro, embedded Trusted Platform Module (TPM), Fingerprint reader, Intel® Anti-Theft Technology and Mobile Device Management support, and apps that will allow IT managers to trace, lock and wipe the device remotely. This means Q702 will give you peace of mind in the event of loss or theft.
  • Built-in tablet sensors, like the Ambient Light Sensor (ALS) that automatically adjusts to lighting conditions, as well as an accelerometer, magnetometer, gyrometer, magnetometer
  • Superior multimedia features including two cameras for high resolution pictures; a front facing HD camera(1280 x 720 pixels), and a rear facing 5Mp FHD Webcam camera(1920 x 1080 pixels) with Autofocus with status LED indicator, two internal microphones and two built-in speakers.
  • The 11.6-inch Stylistic Q702 features the latest IPS (In-Plane Switching) display technology–AH-IPS, or Advanced High Performance IPS–for wide viewing angles and color accuracy.
  • Optional 3G/4G: Mobile broadband can be accessed via LTE and WWAN 3G channels. The latest connectivity standard 4G/LTE provides ultimate connectivity, facilitating study mobility or professional work and business trips.
  • Optional: 802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN modules
  • System Memory: Latest generation 4GB, 1600 MHz, DDR3. The Q702 outdistances rival specs with its hard drive based on flash memory. The 11.6 inch touch-screen slate contains the processor and memory, with a basic spec of an Intel i3 1.8GHz unit with 4GB RAM and 64Gb of internal RAM via a msata SSD. This can be upgraded to an Intel i5 2.8GHZ with a current maximum of 256Gb of SSD storage
  • Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Professional (64 bit)
  • Communications: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN; Bluetooth v4.0
  • Tablet’s Lithium-ion battery 3 cell, secures up to 5 hrs 10 mins(34 Wh, 3,150 mAh) of power while the Keyboard Docking Station’s 4-cell — up to 11 hr and 10 mins (45 Wh, 3150 mAh) of power and usage.
  • The lightweight tablet weighs in at 1.87 lbs or 0.85kg. The Fujitsu business tablets are said to be aimed at the business market and to appeal to vertical markets such as the healthcare/life science and logistics market, also to the sales, government, finance and manufacturing industries…and obviously, the education industry.

* Starting price is $1,099 USD / with docking keyboard: $1,369

But perhaps, best of all are its security features, and possibly most important of all, Q702 is supposed to be hacker-proof or hacker-resistant.

Just how hackable are Fujitsu’s new line of hybrid tablet/PCs?

Derrick Hodges says:

“The T902 adds Intel’s Core vPro chip public key infrastructure technology to tools it shares with the Q702. This means further passwords are generated and embedded at the firmware level of the chip, where hackers could only at their best become, hopefully, more confused. All this security should not be seen as a yawn, especially as businesses shift more and more of their Big Data into offsite cloud servers. Coming out ahead of Microsoft’s own heavily expected Surface tablet, the Fujitsu models are at least primed to show the way of a secured future.”

[On the other hand, the downsides that observers have noted are the relative added weight of the keyboard dock (should the student choose to bring it around), and that the pen stylus isn’t part of the screen tablet but is part of the keyboard instead.]

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Coming from the other end and aimed at the corporate crowd (which nobody had thought of until now), Fujitsu unveiled the LifeBook T902, which is not only one of the slimmest (33.8 cm /13.3-inch) notebooks around but also one that is convertible into a tablet. Fujitsu touts their great “ultimate versatility. With the attachable keyboard, you can turn your lightweight tablet into a traditional notebook for additional usability in business meetings or at your desk.”

As Q702’s near-mirror-twin, the super features of the revolutionary LIFEBOOK T Series convertible tablet PC, according to Fujitsu’s press release include the following:

  • “ground-up design for greater usability and the convenience of touch-screen”
  • “Fujitsu’s flagship PC, convertible notebook and tablet models featuring Windows 8”
  • “Thinner, lighter and faster than outgoing models with Windows 7 preinstalled – and make the most of the operating system’s capabilities, especially multi-touch and pen input”
  • “Mobile Office on the Go:  A light weight, long battery runtime, a ShockSensor to protect your hard disk drive and a robust magnesium lid convert your LIFEBOOK into a real mobile office to support you on business trips”.
  • “Multiple Touch: Enjoy the benefits of operating on the touchscreen with more than only one finger at the same time. Double-tap, scroll, zoom, rotate – with your fingers directly on the display.”
  • “Flexible Working: Enjoy maximum flexibility and convenience with the modular bay. Just insert a second battery, a second hard disk drive, a weight saver or a Blu-ray Disc™/DVD drive, depending on your Fujitsu LIFEBOOK”
  • All Fujitsu tablets and notebook models featuring Windows 8 offer seamless connectivity through support for Wi-Fi and UMTS/4G mobile data and add the convenience of Bluetooth to connect wireless peripherals.
  • “Security – Protect your most valuable asset – your data with features like Fujitsu’s Advanced Theft Protection, the optional fingerprint sensor, TPM module or SmartCard reader, granting you ultimate security.”
  • “One of the stand-out new features is an ultrasound presence sensor in the new Esprimo X913-T PC. This sensor is clever enough to keep the display fresh the whole time that a user is sitting at their screen – even if they are not touching any of the input devices such as keyboard, mouse and touch-screen. Once the user leaves their desk, it automatically locks and switches the PC into a lower power consumption mode, also saving energy – and can be configured to shut down the system. On the user’s return, just looking at the 23-inch HD resolution screen is enough to unlock it, thanks to a facial recognition sensor. The versatile ESPRIMO X913-T also features a multi-position touch display that folds to a fully-flat working position, ideal for collaborative working environments”.
  • Users can enjoy benefits such as support for Adobe Flash and HTML5 with Internet Explorer 10 as well as full support for multiple user accounts even on tablets;– Source: http://www.fujitsu.com

The business-friendly features like TPM, Intel Anti-Theft technology, Computrace support and built-in WWAN and LTE connectivity differentiate the T905 tablet PC from all its competitors on the market. And while the Q702 tablet also sports security features like TPM and Computrace support, unlike the Q702 tablet the T905 convertible-PC adds a fingerprint biometric scan-reader and IT-friendly vPro chips.

Also, while the Fujitsu tablet runs on Intel’s 3rd generation Ivy Bridge processors (Core i3 or i5) with 4GB of fast 1600MHz RAM and as well as a 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB SSD of storage space, the T902 convertible PC is powered by Ivy Bridge processors (i5 and i7 chips, to be precise) with up to 16GB of RAM.

A summary of Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T902’s specs:

  • 13.3-inch HD+ LCD (1600 x 900) LED backlit anti-glare display
  • Up to 3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3520M
  • Up to 16 GB of DDR3-1600 MHz SDRAM
  • Up to 500 GB HDD; Up to 256 GB SSD
  • Intel vPro technology
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
  • Realtek ALC269 with (HD) audio
  • FHD Webcam (1920 x 1080) with status LED indicator, two digital microphones
  • Optional port replicator for easy drop-and-go in corporate environments
  • Optional second battery or second hard disk drive mounted in modular port
  • Support for 802.11 a/b/g/n and UMTS/4G mobile data
  • Optional Bluetooth v4.0
  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 LAN
  • Full size anti-microbial, spill-resistant, chiclet keyboard
  • 1x HDMI port, 1x 15-pin D-SUB connector
  • 2x USB 2.0 ports, 2x USB 3.0 ports
  • SD Card clot

Prices for the Lifebook T902 Windows tablet PC begin at $1,899 USD.

Other PCs in the new lineup:

Besides the T902, the new Fujitsu Stylistic Q572 is also a fully-fledged 10.1-inch tablet PC system which combines enhanced performance with extensive security-enhanced features including an incorporated fingerprint sensor, SmartCard reader and Full Disk Encryption (FDE)  STYLISTIC Q572 offers the highest security of all: You can get logged in and working fast and secure with the built in fingerprint and SmartCard readers and benefit from Computrace® enabled BIOS, Full Disk Encryption (FDE) and optional embedded TPM module. Q572 gives you power to work all day long if you use the support of the swappable and detachable battery where a power socket is hard to find.

At the corporate end, the PCs offer “maximum connectivity” with embedded mobile broadband, so you can expect to work more efficiently because won’t have to hunt for a hotspot. With WLAN, Bluetooth and optional GPS you won’t lack for a way to connect with the world and stay on track.

A note about flash drives: “The LifeBook P1610 and LifeBook B6210 are now available with either 16GB or 32GB flash drives “more reliable, according to advocates; you could drop a flash-memory computer or camera from an airplane and the drive would probably survive. M-Systems, bought by SanDisk last year, produced flash drives for Israel’s armed services for years.””Fujitsu’s flash memory features are said to have the following advantages: “Flash memory drives … consume less power. Flash drives are also more reliable, according to advocates; you could drop a flash-memory computer or camera from an airplane and the drive would probably survive. M-Systems, bought by SanDisk last year, produced flash drives for Israel’s armed services for years.”

What all this means is, which-ever end of the twin hybrid devices you choose, you get the converging advantages:

  • hybrid devices of versatility or flexibility
  • tablet-gadgetry style
  • touchscreen convenience and ease-of-use
  • ultra-portability
  • multi-media fun,
  • serious all-day work capability and productivity potential from any location thanks to…
  • the full suite of wireless and wired connectivity, powerful storage features with a modular bay for protracted battery runtime
  • Ultimate Security  – your data are protected with features like Fujitsu’s Advanced Theft Protection, an integrated fingerprint sensor, SmartCard reader or an optional TPM module, granting you the same security as a business.
  • The 11.6-inch resolution for the Fujitsu tablet is 1,366 x 768 res., but Fujitsu also added Gorilla Glass coating and ratcheted the brightness up to 400 nits vs. the LifeBook T902 (1,600 x 900) display which uses a higher-res 13-inch Gorilla Glass that was created by Corning “to better survive the real world events that commonly cause glass failure.” Designed specifically for mobile devices, Corning’s Gorilla® Glass improves screen durability without adding weight to the highly mobile tablet PCs”
  • Migrating operating systems: All new Fujitsu models ship with a choice of Windows 7 or Windows 8 licenses. Customers with a Windows 7 Professional license are also entitled to downgrade to Windows XP.”

Back to the student’s tool … it’s no accident that these FUJITSU products fit the student’s needs perfectly. Back in the fall of 2006, Fujitsu Computer Systems and Microsoft partnered with Virginia Tech to use Fujitsu LifeBook T4000 computers to change the way its engineering classes are taught, particularly at the introductory level.  The LifeBook then already offered “features typical of what is known as a “convertible” tablet … the computer morphs from a conventional-looking laptop with a keyboard to a flat tablet that can be written on with a stylus” so that engineering students at Virginia Tech were able to “take notes and construct designs on their LifeBooks, which are intended to make it easier for students to collaborate with each other and share their work with instructors electronically” and faculties could use the device designed for classroom presentations with its software including “Microsoft Office OneNote, SketchUp and Classroom Presenter.”

With the launch of the exciting Fujitsu hybrid tablet with “all the power of a laptop in a tablet format” and that is capable of running fully fledged apps, what more could the student ask?

Well, for starters, we suggest that a special student-friendly line of FUJITSU hybrid tablet-PCs and PC-tablets that comes pre-packaged with all the hottest student and learning software and apps … such as the scrapbook and personalized diary custom-made apps, a UNIQLO-like-range of colours and “cool chick” apps like those already found on the Fujitsu Floral Kiss and you’ll probably get Fujitsu tablets selling like keitai hotcakes.

Secondly, how about a really affordable device so parents can afford more than one where they have more than one child? In fact, with the current economic slump, the current pricing is probably still too steep for the average Japanese family to own even one Fujitsu hybrid tablet, let alone two, or for other than private schools with the deepest pockets to consider buying them en masse.

With the currently burdened Japanese economy and the Japanese IT industry badly in need of a best-selling hit success, Fujitsu’s launch comes at a time when parents and students are especially hard-up of cash and student allowances and educational spending are at an all-time low. The launched hybrid products are clearly highly desirable. But while iPad and Android users complain about the frequent hardware refreshes, we have the opposite complaint — the Fujitsu LifeBook T4000 came out in 2006 … six years ago, so what took you so long FUJITSU???

Digitally yours from Japan,

Aileen Kawagoe

P.S. If you have younger kids and are wondering whether to buy a desktop PC or a tablet, then the answer to “Should we bother get our kids a desktop computer, or go straight to tablet?” on the Quib.ly website might interest you…

 

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Sources & references:

Fujitsu unleashes Windows 8 25 Oct 2012 

Tablet PCs required for Virginia Tech engineers, June 30, 2006

Fujitsu eye-tracking tech uses built-in motion sensor, infrared LED for hands-free computing (video)

Fujitsu pitches Windows 8 hybrid tablet at the enterprise” by Ben Woods

Photos: Fujitsu pitches Windows 8 hybrid tablet at the enterprise

Are hybrids and convertibles the future of computing, or destined to fail? October 13, 2012

Are hybrid and convertibles the future of computing or destined to fail?

For Fujitsu pricing see http://www.shopfujitsu.com/store/.

High School Goes High Tech: Fujitsu LifeBook Tablet PCs Help 

Students Make the Grade Three years after introducing the Fujitsu LifeBook notebooks, DePaul Catholic High School says the incorporation of devices into existing curriculum has not only helped its students become adept with computers, it has raised the bar on education. The goal was to equip students and teachers with the portable, versatile and durable Fujitsu LifeBook T3000 and T4000 Tablet PCs, to give its students the technology skills they would need in college and in their careers. “Students are now technologically savvy, better organized, more engaged and enthusiastic about learning”, the school said.

Cincinnati Country Day School’s Director of Technology, Rob Baker announced on their Tablet PC Purchase:

“This fall’s rollout of the Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 hybrid tablet PC will be one of the most exciting we have ever done at CCDS. We are ending our first decade of Tablet PC use at Country Day with a real paradigm shift. What makes the Q702 a “hybrid” is the fact that the screen unit can be fully detached from the keyboard base unit and used independently without any loss of functionality. The screen unit makes for a lightweight e-reader while retaining full digital inking capabilities — the writing, annotating, sketching, and highlighting functions on which our teaching and learning have come to depend.

We have envisioned having a device like this for a number of years now. I was fortunate to have some design input to the Q702, and it is gratifying to see it come to fruition. The key point is device convergence. The Q702 is not just a lightweight tablet device for information consumption. At the same time it is a general purpose PC that runs a fully functional Windows 8 operating system with all the powerful productivity, communication, and collaboration tools that we use every day.

We look forward to introducing this cutting-edge technology to your children as we continue to prepare them for success in the world of the 21st century.”

Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 and LifeBook T902 hands on by Richard Lai posted Aug 24th 2012

New Windows 8-Ready Hybrid Tablet, Convertible Laptop from Fujitsu by Melinda Pinola, PC World

N-trig has revealed that Fujitsu’s Stylistic Q702

Stylus maven N-trig revealed that Fujitsu’s Stylistic Q702 laptop/tablet hybrid will be the first to shop with the company’s new G4 DuoSense pen and multi-touch digitizer. The use of the new active pen stylus the company promised would provide a “pen-on-paper handwriting experience – Daniel Cooper Engadget.com

Preview of Fujitsu Stylistic Q C

* Multitouch or dual digitizer | The phrase “multi-touch” can be confusing when you’re talking about tablet PCs. Windows 7 has some new features that will only work on tablets that allow you to control certain functions by placing two (or more) fingers directly on the screen. This is being called “multi-touch” or “multitouch” by many companies, but Fujitsu is calling this feature a “dual digitizer” function. This technique is integrated in the touchscreen and allows the dual input via pen or finger. But there is one great thing: Auto turn off the skin (or finger) recognition so that you can put your hand on the touch screen while writing with the pen. See youtube videoclip

Fujitsu Announces Windows 8-Ready Stylistic Q702 and LifeBook T902 by Daniel P. Howley

New Windows 8-Ready Hybrid Tablet, Convertible Laptop from Fujitsu

Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 works with N-Trig Active Pen by Edwin Kee

New Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q702 Hybrid Tablet Offers Ultimate Usability

Hands-on with the Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 Windows 8 Hybrid Ultrabook — This One Should Be on Your List

Hands on: Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 tablet |Sneak preview of the latest Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 tablet

Fujitsu adopts flash memory for new tablets

Fujitsu Lifebook T3000 Tablet PC Buttons – CNET Download.com

Hands-on with the Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 Windows 8 Hybrid Ultrabook — This One Should Be on Your List by Ben Lang

Fujitsu Intros Hybrid Tablet, Slate for Windows 8

Fujitsu unveils the Stylistic Q702 hybrid tablet and the LifeBook T902 convertible laptop by Dana Wollman

* Multitouch or dual digitizer |

Fujitsu’s “Dual Digitizer” tablet PC display September 17, 2009

With Fujitsu’s “Dual digitizer”, you get all the benefits of the pen, and the ability to tap the screen with your finger. see  Fujitsu’s “Dual Digitizer” tablet PC display

The phrase “multi-touch” can be confusing when you’re talking about tablet PCs. Windows 7 has some new features that will only work on tablets that allow you to control certain functions by placing two (or more) fingers directly on the screen. This is being called “multi-touch” or “multitouch” by many companies, but Fujitsu is calling this feature a “dual digitizer” function. This technique is integrated in the touchscreen and allows the dual input via pen or finger. But there is one great thing: Auto turn off the skin (or finger) recognition so that you can put your hand on the touch screen while writing with the pen. See youtube videoclip