Fujitsu prepares new Tablet PC for launch

Fujitsu is to launch a slate-type Tablet PC with a faster processor, larger screen and more capacious hard-disc drive than its...

Fujitsu is to launch a slate-type Tablet PC with a faster processor, larger screen and more capacious hard-disc drive than its existing model.

Details of the Stylistic ST5000, including the draft user manual, were revealed in documents published by the US Federal Communications Commission after the device received regulatory approval for use in the US last week.

A Fujitsu spokesman declined to comment on the product.

The computer will be Fujitsu's third Tablet PC following the slate-type ST4000, which was launched when Microsoft launched its Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system, and the convertible-type ST3000 that was launched in September.

There are several differences between Fujitsu's current slate-type model, the ST4000, and specifications for the ST5000 listed in the manual.

The first is in the choice of processor. Fujitsu will stick with the ultra-low-voltage version of Intel's Pentium III M processor, but is including a 1GHz model in the new machine. The processor in the ST4000 runs at a clock speed of 933MHz.

Memory is unchanged at 256Mbytes but the minimum hard-disc drive size has been raised from 30Gbytes to 40Gbytes.

A 12-inch TFT LCD with 1,024 pixel by 768 pixel (XGA) resolution is fitted in the ST5000, which is larger than the 10.4-inch screen on the ST4000.

Other features of the new tablet include slots for PC Card, Secure Digital memory card and smart card and a selection of interfaces including an analogue modem, Ethernet Lan, IEEE1394, IrDA infrared and two USB 2.0 sockets.

Wireless Lan is supported in the machine and there is a second version, the ST5000D, which has no wireless Lan support.

The PC measures 220mm by 324mm by 22mm and weighs 1.45kg. Battery life is up to five hours.

Regulatory approval by the FCC is required for all devices that emit radio waves over a certain level before they can be used in the US legally. It is usually one of the final stages before a company launches a product, although it does not mean a launch will definitely take place, nor that specifications will remain unchanged before the product is sold.

Martyn Williams and Tom Krazit write for IDG News Service

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