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Fujitsu plans to launch feel-o-vision haptic tablets by 2015

Back in 2012, we were all excited at the idea of haptic technology — touch screens that fool you into thinking that you can feel what’s on display. As quickly as we saw Senseg and NEC’s implementations, however, haptic fell out of the mainstream. Now, however, Fujitsu is working on an ultrasonic system, that varies the friction between your finger and the glass, which could be ready for prime time. In the demonstration, users are apparently able to pluck the strings of a Japanese harp, turn a combination lock and even stroke an Alligator. The company has knocked together a prototype in time for MWC, and Fujitsu has a goal to get the tech into commercial hardware by 2015 — assuming, of course, that realistic lizard stroking is the one feature you’ve been waiting for.

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Fujitsu targets Europe’s elderly for its next market push

When you’re having trouble competing with the big dogs in the market, it’s time to try and make a market of your own. That might be the strategy that Fujitsu is employing as it tries to address a niche market in Europe: that of aging smartphone users.


There is definitely a market for older smartphone users, or at least there will be soon, when today’s smartphone-savvy generation enter into their golden years. By that time, feature phones, which are currently the champion of those more advanced in age, will no longer be enough. Maybe by that time, even big brands like Samsung and Apple will no longer be household names. Fujitsu wants to be more stable than them and will, therefore, attempt to target a niche market instead of going all out in an already crowded playing field.

Fujitsu outed its Raku-Raku smartphone for senior citizens in Japan around the middle of 2012. It also unveiled a new model in September this year. The Raku-Raku runs a version of Android heavily modified to fit the limited mobility and accuracy typical of older users. Aside from huge fonts and icons, Fujitsu has also made the phone require more deliberate pushes instead of light taps so that users can acclimated to a less haptic kind of interface.

But Raku-Raku is more than just a smartphone for the aged. It also represents Fujitsu’s first venture outside of Japan. Last June, the company also teamed up with French carrier Orange SA to deliver the smartphone to its customers. According to Fujitsu, that was met with resounding success and three other carriers have approached it for more business opportunities. Fujitsu hopes that this new market will help it reclaim the millions that it lost this year in the mobile industry and put it back on the IT map, at least in Europe.

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Fujitsu Introduces Disney Mobile On docomo F-03F

Fujitsu has just recently announced that its new smartphone called Disney Mobile On docomo F-03F will become available this coming December 13 exclusively in Japan under the NTT DOCOMO network. The device is pre-loaded with Disney content ranging from themes, wallpapers, Mickey Mouse motif, and hundreds of art content. It also has access to the Disney Market online store where consumers can download more than 30,000 content including applications and TV shows.

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The F-03F will be available in three colors, white, pink, and blue. It will come with seven kinds of Disney characters as well as Disney fonts.

As far as specifications goes the device has top tier specs and even includes a fingerprint scanner and an infrared port.

Fujitsu Disney Mobile on docomo F-03F Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions (width x height x depth): 67 x 134 x 10.3 millimeters
  • Weight: 148 grams (battery included)
  • Cellular Networks: GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS800 (B6), UMTS850 (B5), UMTS2100 (B1)
  • Cellular data: GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, FOMA
  • Operating System: Google Android 4.2.2 Japanese
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 quad-core processor 2.1 GHz
  • GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 330
  • RAM: 2 GB SDRAM 800 Mhz
  • ROM: 32 GB
  • Display: 4.7 inch full HD display 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Expansion Interface: microSD, microSDHC, TransFlash, microSDXC, Supports High Capacity (SD 2.0/HC) memory cards with capacity of up to 32G
  • USB: USB 2.0 host/client, Hi-Speed (480Mbit/s), USB On-The-Go 1.3 compliant, USB Series Micro-B (Micro-USB) connector
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0, Internal antenna
  • Wireless LAN: IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac
  • Infrared: Supported
  • Camera: 13MP rear, 1.31MP front
  • Battery: 2600 mAh lithium ion

The F-03F smartphone makes use of a pearl powder coating to bring out an amazing finish in pink, white, or blue. The rear panel has a Mickey Mouse icon that’s designed to bring a sense of depth and transparency. One interesting feature of this device is that its earphone jack accessory is made of polarized pearl which sparkles when light hits it or when a headset accessory is plugged in.

This device makes use of the Human Centric Engine technology of Fujitsu. It comes equipped with a Super Clear mode which automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen depending on the environment to provide optimum viewing results. The display won’t turn off if it is being held making it convenient to view content. There’s also a Touch Lock mode which temporarily blocks any touch operation on the screen making it easy for kids to view videos.

One other great feature of this device is that it is IPX5 and IPX8 certified. This means that the device is able to perform normally even if sprayed with water or submerged under 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes.

While this device is only going to be released in Japan those wishing to use it in other countries may use it with compatible GSM networks as long as the device is unlocked.

via nttdocomo

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Fujitsu Arrows Tab FJT21 Gets Official, Sports Multi-User Fingerprint Reader

The latest iPhone 5S has a new feature that’s becoming quite popular among its users and that is its fingerprint reader. This is a security feature that makes use of the owners fingerprint to unlock the device. Fujitsu has taken this idea to the next level by incorporating a multi-user fingerprint reader on their latest Fujitsu Arrows Tab FJT21 Android tablet. This model is reportedly the world’s first Android tablet with a fingerprint sensor.

Fujitsu Arrows Tab FJT21

The Arrows Tab FJT21 runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and has a 10.1-inch display that has a resolution of 2,560×1,600 pixels. It makes use of a powerful 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor combined with 2 GB of RAM. There’s also 64 GB of internal storage and if that’s not enough it can further be expanded via the microSD slot. Other notable features include an 8 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, 4 G LTE (with 150 Mbps download speed), and a g 9,600 mAh battery. The device also has an IPX5/IPX8 certification making it waterproof. The specs is pretty much high end and can easily compete with other powerful tablets in the market today.

Technical Specifications:

  • Product name: ARROWS Tab FJT21
  • OS: Android 4.2
  • Manufacturer: Fujitsu Mobile Communications Co., Ltd.
  • Display:10.1 inches WQXGA
  • Weight: 519g (provisional value)
  • Camera: 8.08 million pixels / CMOS
  • Sub camera: about 125 million pixels / CMOS
  • Battery capacity: 9,600 mAh
  • Size: Approximately 261 (W) × 169 (H) × 8.9 (D) mm (provisional value)
  • Memory:(ROM) / 2GB (RAM)
  • Color: White
  • External memory: microSDXC (up to 64GB)

One of its selling points is its multi-user fingerprint reader which allows different users to log in to the device. This allows for a personalized experience for individuals since their preferences will load up once they log in.

This device will be carried by KDDI, one of Japan’s largest carriers, and will be available by the end of November. There’s a very little chance that this will become available outside of the Japanese market.

via engadget

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Fujitsu ARROWS A 202F launching on SoftBank this week, Snapdragon 600 and 3,000mAh battery in tow (video)

Fujitsu ARROWS A 202F launching on SoftBank this week, Snapdragon 600 and 3,000mAh battery in tow video

Fast smartphones are great and all, but they’re useless once the battery goes flat. Fujitsu aims to solve that with the ARROWS A 202F. Launching with SoftBank in Japan later this week, the phone features a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdraon 600, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded via microSD, a 5-inch 1080p display and a generous 3,000mAh battery in a package that’s less than 10mm thick. Fujitsu’s “Human Centric Engine” is said to further increase battery life, to the tune of two days worth of juice, but details of how that works are light. Chances are slim the ARROWS will make it to US shores, though the recently announced HTC Butterfly s, with an even larger 3,200mAh battery, just might.

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Fujitsu now offers Lifebook UH 90/L Ultrabook

Ultrabooks are all over the market these days. These light weighted machines are becoming popular day by day because of advance functionality, affordable prices, light weight/sleek look and most importantly higher battery backup.

All most all computer companies have launched their ultrabooks in the market. Few pioneering companies include Acer with their Acer Aspire S series followed by various models offered by Hp and Dell.

Fujitsu Ultrabook UH 90

Fujitsu has also landed its foot in the market. The Japanese maker has recently offered Lifebook UH 90/L. Lifebook is Fujitsu renowned laptop brand in the market. Fujitsu claims it to be world thinnest ultrabook. However, other manufactures have been seen making similar claims with their various offerings.

Lifebook UH 90/L comes with HDD instead of SSD; therefore it is considered world thinnest ultrabook with HDD. Though Fujitsu is going to face fierce competition in this regard as its competition is offering ultrabooks with SSD. The machine is only 14” inch and it’s capable of producing image on 3200×1800 pixel resolution. The standout thing is IGZO screen displays that consumers lesser energy and stays crisp and bright longer. The amazing picture is displayed by 262 ppi pixel density.

Let’s compare it with competition; Google’s latest offering ‘Chromebook’ boasts only 238 ppi as compared to Fujitsu 262 ppi pixel density. The machine is powered with Intel’s latest generation Core i5 (fourth generation) Haswell prosessors which are latest in the market till today. Other specifications are pretty random as it comes with 4 GB RAM and 500 GB HDD storage.

Things you should look out for Fujitsu Lifebook UH 90 is latest OS Windows 8 pre-installed and touch screen support. Now this is great, a 14” inch ultrabook with touch screen? Who needs a tablet now? The price for this machine is still unknown and it’s rumored to be released on June 28,, 2013 in Japan.


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Mystery Fujitsu FJDEV001 Phone Spotted Breaking the 25,000 Points Barrier in AnTuTu

Fujitsu is not exactly a name with a solid reputation in the Android décor (mostly because the Japanese have only released a handful of gadgets with Android so far), but the company is definitely making great strides.

Hot on the heels of the Full HD water-resistant Arrows Tab, which might well be the best tablet no one has ever heard of, Fujitsu is reportedly prepping an equally as impressive phone. This doesn’t have a market name yet, but it has been spotted in an AnTuTu benchmark going by the FJDEV001 moniker.

Fujitsu benchmark

Also known as the F-06E, or “Canoe”, the handheld seems to run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and is powered by a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. Those are top-tier specs by any standards these days, but they’re not exactly never before seen features.

So why are we telling you about this FJDEV001 then? The answer lies in the AnTuTu result posted by the phone – 25,458 points. That’s not a world record, but it’s pretty darn close to one, being the third ever result we’ve seen so far.

The first two? The two different versions of Samsung Galaxy S4, one that apparently scores over 27,000 points and the other that barely beats Fujitsu’s gadget to the punch, with roughly 26,000.

And here’s the kicker – the Snapdragon-based GS4 has been seen scoring in the low 25,000s in other tests, so there’s a possibility the FJDEV001 will turn out to be even zippier than that once it’s released. And that’s despite packing a lower-clocked CPU (1.7 vs 1.9 GHz).

In any case, chances are this new monster will be the world’s second fastest smartphone, given the HTC One scores no more than 24,500 points in AnTuTu, whereas Sony’s Xperia Z barely reaches the 21,000 mark. Of course, the AnTuTu test is not conclusive for a phone’s overall real-life speed, but it’s a decent marker for theoretical memory and CPU performance.

So the Fujitsu FJDEV001 will come with Android 4.2 and a blazing fast Snapdragon 600 processor. What else? Well, it’s hard to say. Based on a Picasa listing, the phone will also feature a 12 MP rear-facing camera.

Unfortunately, that’s all we “know” of the fellow’s specs, although we can obviously speculate a few other things. For instance, it would be a terrible shame if Fujitsu wouldn’t equip this thing with a Full HD panel. Preferably one measuring at least 5 inches in diagonal.

Features like 2 GB of RAM, expandable memory and a water-proof body are definitely in the cards too, whereas we can only hope the battery will be hefty enough to handle all that speed. In short, we expect exciting things from the Fujitsu phone, but now the question is will the thing hit the West too or remain a Japan-exclusive device, like most of the company’s existing offerings.

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Fujitsu creates a new touch interface that can detect the fingertips of an individual!

Fujitsu is a company dedicated to innovation and hardcore technology way ahead of Apple, Samsung, Sony and other companies battling it out to deliver the best smart phone or phablet. Fujitsu has channelized its capabilities and efforts in another direction – To come up with way technology can aid mankind in everyday tasks and events. The company recently revealed technology in which a device could monitor a person’s blood pressure in five seconds by reading the individual’s face. A remarkable achievement with a huge medical impact!

fuji2The Japanese company has now come with a touch interface for real world objects with a multitude of capabilities. The interface can differentiate between objects on a surface, like a tablet and the position of a user’s fingers until the outlines of the fingertip. The control system can also scan text from a book by the user swiping the line over the page they are reading. The interface is brilliantly designed and takes a completely natural approach to identifying objects. This is achieved through a multi-camera feature that allows the interface to interact with real-world objects. The entire system works great when a projector is used in conjunction with the interface. The image overlay from the projector allows users to control both the real-world object interface and the digital object.

Thought this technology is outstanding, there is still a question of what kind of implications it has for the daily users and how it can impact the world, especially in areas like scanning text when the world is all set to go wireless. The company is expecting to release their product incorporating this technology sometime in 2014.

SOURCE: Engadget

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Fujitsu phones can track a person’s pulse!

With Samsung, Google, Apple and Sony working on bigger, faster, louder and brighter variants of their respective phone models, Japanese Giant Fujitsu has taken the lesser worn path with a smartphone that offers brilliant medical facilities.

fuji2The company unveiled a phone that can take the pulse of its user by simply looking at the individual’s face! A remarkable feat, unmatched and unparalleled to date. The phones tracks and analyzes the difference in brightness of a person’s face caused due to increase or decrease of blood flow and evaluates the data to reveal the user’s pulse. Hemoglobin, a protein present in the red blood cells of an individual flows through the many blood vessels through the face of each person and this protein is monitored and measured by the smartphone device to track the person’s pulse. The technology is so advanced, that it allows the phone to detect the pulse in less than five seconds of the phone’s camera being aimed at the individual’s face. The phone also disregards any movement of the head and sudden blood flow increase or decrease caused by jerky movements.

The company plans to mass produce this phone early next year so that heart patients and healthy individuals can monitor their heart rate through the pulse without having to don extra attachments.

Technology giant Fujitsu plans to put the invention to practical use within a year, enabling people at work or at home to track their health and collect data for analysis without wearing special devices. This technology can even weed out suspicious individuals whose heart rate goes up when they are anxious or excited about an imminent event.

Fantastic new technology by Fujitsu!



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Fujitsu develops cellphone camera tech for measuring your pulse

With smartphones plugged into nearly every aspect of our daily lives, the potential to use mobile devices as remote medical diagnostic tools has been growing. We have seen it with the introduction of Samsung’s S Health suite, but companies like Fujitsu are exploring even more intriguing possibilities. The Japanese company is showing off a new technology that uses a cellphone camera to measure a user’s pulse.

The whole process takes all of five seconds, and uses the phone’s camera sensor to detect the flow of hemoglobin in blood. This is accomplished by measuring the absorption of green light, something hemoglobin does quite well. The advancement is not only a breakthrough for remote diagnostics, but could also find a home in exam rooms and hospitals as a quick and unobtrusive way to gauge an individuals heart rate.

Fujitsu is currently demoing the tech at the General Conference of the Institute of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers in Gifu, Japan. Plans to bring the technology to consumer devices haven’t been fleshed out, but the company hopes it will reach consumers during the fiscal year 2013.

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Fujitsu Laboratories Develops Real-Time Pulse Monitor Using Facial Imaging

Measures pulse in as little as five seconds using built-in cameras in PCs or smartphones, enabling ongoing health tracking

Kawasaki, Japan, March 18, 2013 – Fujitsu Laboratories Limited today announced that it has developed a technology to measure a person’s pulse in real time using a built-in camera or webcam in a PC, smartphone or tablet.

Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a technology that detects a person’s pulse by measuring variations in the brightness of the person’s face thought to be caused by the flow of blood. It is based on the characteristic of hemoglobin in blood, which absorbs green light. It requires no special hardware and can measure pulse rate simply by pointing a camera at a person’s face for as little as five seconds. It also automatically chooses moments when the person’s body and face are relatively still to minimize the effects of irrelevant data on measurements. This technology has a wide range of potential uses, including health monitoring and maintenance as well as security applications.

Details of this technology are being presented at the 2013 General Conference of the Institute of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers, opening March 19 in Gifu, Japan.


In recent years, there has been increasing awareness about the need to maintain the health of employees and senior citizens, raising the demand for new, more convenient ways for individuals to monitor and manage their health, anytime and anywhere.

As part of a health-support service that can be customized to each person’s needs, Fujitsu Laboratories is aiming to create a way for people to track their health and store the resulting data in the cloud for analysis, helping them better understand their health and how it changes over time.

Fujitsu is committed to building the technological platforms needed to advance the Company’s vision of a Human Centric Intelligent Society, making it possible for people to use smartphones or tablets, or a computer at work or at home, to track their health, collect the resulting data, upload it to the cloud, and perform real-time analyses to provide individualized services for their personal needs.

Technological Issues

One fundamental indicator of human health condition is pulse. However, pulse monitoring typically requires specialized equipment that must be worn and operated with some care. These inconveniences make it more likely that users will fail or forget to have their pulse monitored. Accordingly, there has been a need for an automated way to measure pulse that minimizes the inconvenience of hooking up and operating the equipment as well as sitting still while it works.

Newly Developed Technology

Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a technology that automatically measures pulse in real time using facial images captured using the built-in camera on a smartphone, tablet, or PC. Key features of this technology are as follows.

1. Detects pulse by signal processing of extracted color components

One characteristic of hemoglobin in blood is that it absorbs green light. Based on this fact, Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a technology that detects a person’s pulse by measuring changes in the brightness of the person’s face as blood flows through it. The technology starts to work by shooting video of a subject and calculating average values for the color components (red/green/blue) in a certain area of the face for each frame. Next it removes irrelevant signal data that is present in all three color components and extracts the brightness waveform from the green component. The pulse rate is then computed based on the peaks in that brightness waveform. This technique can measure pulse in as little as five seconds.

2. Automatically removes moving segments

The acquired pulse data that is adversely affected by movements of the face or body is automatically removed. For example, moments when a person’s head turns sideways while talking on the phone or standing up from a chair are automatically detected and removed. This makes it possible to continually monitor pulse during the course of a day while minimizing the impact of irrelevant data.


This technology relieves people from wearing or operating any specialized equipment or sitting still for long periods in order to have their pulse measured, and makes it possible to continually monitor pulse. For example, even at a busy workplace, or any time a person is sitting in front of a PC, whether for teleconferencing or writing e-mails, their pulse can be measured during brief moments of quiet. At home, a camera built into a TV can measure the pulse of people relaxing in front of it, or a mirror, for when people are getting ready in the morning. Pulse detectors built into gates at event sites or control points at airports could be a possible security application by detecting people in ill health and people acting suspiciously.

Future Plans

Fujitsu Laboratories seeks to put this technology into practical use in fiscal 2013 for a variety of application scenarios such as a security or health monitoring and maintenance solution, building it into smartphones, tablets, and PCs.


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Fujitsu, Orange partner on senior-friendly Stylistic S01 smartphone

DNP  Fujitsu announces seniorfriendly Stylistic S01 smartphone for Orange Telecom

Fujitsu just announced a smartphone partnership with Orange Telecom, with its first handset to launch on the French carrier this June. The Stylistic S01 will run Android 4.0 and offer GSM and HSPA compatibility through Orange, and it’s targeted specifically at elderly users. As such, it will include many of the same features available on Fujitsu’s Raku-Raku series of senior-friendly phones available on NTT DoCoMo. For instance, the phone will have tactile virtual buttons that mimic the experience of pushing actual hardware keys, oversized icons and audio technology that optimizes the frequency range according to the user’s age. Other specs include a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor, an 8.1-megapixel camera, a 0.3-MP front-facing shooter and 4GB of internal storage (expandable by microSD card). There’s no pricing info yet, but we’re bound to have more details after getting a hands-on look at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this coming week.

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Fujitsu Stylistic M532 Android tablet for $349


Fujitsu isn’t a top name when it comes to electronic gadgets, but they do make some quality products. The company’s presence is pretty limited and they sell some good Windows PC based products and also a handful of Android based tablets.

One of the most notable tablet products which Fujitsu has launched till now is the Stylistic M532. It comes with some good hardware specs and was announced first for $549 a pop. The hardware specs weren’t the best in class, and since the pricing was extreme, the tablet didn’t sell well. After a while, the company decided to lower the price to $449, which is still costly for the 10 inch tablet with given specs.

Now, the competition has moved on and you can get a lot better specs at the price point of $449. Fujitsu knows that and in order to align themselves with the competition and sell more units, the company has decided to give an additional $100 off the Stylistic M532. That brings down the price to $349, which is not a bad deal for this particular product.

As far as the device itself goes, it’s a rugged tablet. The tablet is tough and comes with great build quality, and the body is built up to MIL-STD-810G standards, which means it will have no problems taking some drops and bangs in your active lifestyle. At least you don’t have to treat it like an infant. Apart from that, it comes with few value added features such as one-year subscription to Absolute Computrace which will help you track down your Stylistic M532 in case you lose it or it gets stolen. Apart from that, there’s a host of business apps that is loaded onto the device. The highlight, however, is that despite being a rugged device, it weighs only 1.23 pounds, which is just over half a kilogram, and that’s pretty light for a 10 inch tablet device.

Below is the spec sheet of Stylistic M532 in case you’re interested in the hardware:

    • Style


  • Dimensions

262 x 175 x 8.6 mm

  • Weight

560 g (With Battery)

    • Display Colors


  • Display Resolution

800 x 1280 Pixels, 10.1″

    • Memory InBuilt

Upto 16 GB

    • Email


    • Camera


  • Mega Pixels

8 MP, 3264×2448 Pixels

  • Camera Zoom


  • Video Capture


    • Ports

MicroUSB, Port v2.0

  • Infrared


  • Bluetooth


  • A2DP


  • Wifi


  • Internet


    • Music Player


  • Games


  • Loud Speaker


    • 3G


  • OS

Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

  • Dual Sim




    • Operating Frequency


  • GPS

A-GPS support

    • Special Features

CPU: 1.4GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 Quad-core Processor, Social Networking

The deal is that for $349, you’ll be getting the Stylistic M532 from Fujitsu, which is slim, light and rugged. Fujitsu seems to have an aggressive plan as they are also launching few new tablets, all in one PCs and few new notebooks. Do you fancy Stylistic M532? Let us know using the comment form below.

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Fujitsu Introduces ARROWS Tab Wi-Fi Tablet, Esprimo AIO PCs, Lifebook Notebooks

Fujitsu has several new items expanding its product lineup, including the Arrows Tab, the Esprimo range of all-in-one computers, and Lifebook notebooks.


The first of these is the ARROWS Tab Wi-Fi Tablet, a tablet that has IPX5/8 water resistance and IPX5 dust resistance. The Arrows Tab comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and a quad-core Tegra 3 processor with a maximum clock speed of 1.7 GHz. It also sports a Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels suitable for enjoying games or videos with ultrasharp HD quality. The tablet draws its power from a 10,080-mAh fast-charging, high-capacity battery that can be charged up to 1,770mAh in only about half an hour. Fujitsu offers various interfaces to make the device appropriate for sharing among family members, including a Kids Style for children, and an Easy Style for the elderly. The ARROWS Tab Wi-Fi likewise comes with Dolby Digital Plus, switch-enabled smart fingerprint sensor, the Books V app,  Fujitsu Mobile Integrated Dictionary +, and the Wacky Motors for F racing game. This slim device measures 9.9 mm thick and tips the scale at 589 grams.

Next, the Esprimo range of all-in-one computers feature the 2.4GHz Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM underneath or the AMD-E2-1800 processor working with 4GB of RAM, depending on the model. The 21.5-inch PC has a touch-enabled display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels whereas the 20-inch model has a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels. Both allow users to enjoy

watching and recording television shows right from the all-in-one computer. Also onboard are preinstalled software such as Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 and the My Cloud hybrid cloud service.

Lastly, the Lifebook AH notebooks feature 15.6-inch touchscreen displays. These are protected against fingerprints by Sara-sara coating. They also have Pioneer speakers and a battery capacity that lasts for around 6 hours of usage on a single charge. The Lifebook AH notebooks come in two models, the the AH77/K and the AH56/K.

Fujitsu has not announced the prices of these devices. Consumers may purchase the ARROWS Tab starting February 15. Meanwhile, the Esprimo computers are set to hit the market in Japan on February 7. Lastly, the Urban White and Ruby Red models of the Lifebook notebooks will be available starting February 15 while the Shiny Black will arrive on February 27.

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The Rest Of NTT DoCoMo’s Spring Lineup: Fujitsu ARROWS X F-02E, Huawei dtab, Sharp Aquos Phone EX, And More

arrows blackWe’ve been taking a close look at some of Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo’s 2013 offerings: LG’s flagship Optimus G Pro, Panasonic’s similar Eluga X, and the dual-screen NEC MEDIAS W. DoCoMo announced three other phones at the same time, all of which are at the head of their manufacturer’s lineups. We’ve already seen Sony’s Xperia Z, Xperia Tablet Z, and Huawei’s Ascend D2. Fujitsu’s ARROWS X F-02E matches up to both, more or less. In the more mid-range areas are Sharp’s Aquos Phone EX and a new 10-inch tablet from Huawei. 

Fujitsu ARROWS X F-02E

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The ARROWS X F-02E (not to be confused with the earlier F-10D and F-05D models) is the latest in a smartphone family that hasn’t seen much action outside of Japan.

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Fujitsu transfers files from PCs to phones through hidden network info (video)

Fujitsu uses network info hidden in video to transfer files

Most attempts to simplify device-to-device file transfers through a phone camera aren’t very subtle or elaborate: Scalado’s Photobeamer and Sony’s vscreens rely on conspicuous QR codes, and aren’t useful for much more than sharing images. Fujitsu’s labs want something a tad more sophisticated. Their new technique hides network details in light patterns on a PC’s screen that are invisible to our eyes, but tell a smartphone capturing video to send or receive files, no matter the format. The trick not only keeps codes out of the picture, but makes it easier to share files with whole groups — think of passing along notes to everyone at a board meeting and you’ve got the idea. It’s more than just a concept, as well. Fujitsu hopes to see real-world use during its 2014 fiscal year, which could take much of the song-and-dance out of file sharing in short order.

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HTC One X+ And Two Other HTC Devices Get PlayStation Certification

As you know, The PlayStation Mobile store was officially available for Android devices only two months ago. The PlayStation mobile originally launched compatible with three of HTC’s devices — the One X, One S and One V. Users of these devices were obviously grateful to have access to the PlayStation Mobile store, but more HTC devices have also been added to the list. Owners of the new HTC One X+, the One XL and the EVO 4G LTE will now have access to the PlayStation Mobile store.

Here’s the full list of HTC PlayStation-certified devices:

HTC One X+

Granted, not all of the titles may work on HTC devices, but Sony has promised that they would be available for the listed devices as soon as possible. The statement Sony sent out in October:

“HTC mobile device owners cannot access PlayStation®Mobile for the moment. However, we are working with HTC to ensure PlayStation®Mobile launches as soon as possible. We will update you soon.”

The PlayStation Mobile store originally launched as an exclusive on Xperia Play, but later on PlayStation certification had been widened as Sony was able to get deals with HTC, Sharp and Fujitsu.

source: Phone Arena

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Fujitsu’s Arrows V F-04E launches with 4.7-inch display, fingerprint scanner, lust for ramen


When Mr. Fujitsu was designing the Arrows V F-04E for NTT DoCoMo’s winter lineup, he probably wrote “ALL THE FEATURES” and knocked-off early. That might explain the pile of tech nestled beneath that 4.7-inch, 1,280 x 720 display — including 64GB Storage, a 13.1-megapixel camera, NFC, 2,420mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner. The Tegra 3-powered handset also comes with Fujitsu’s Human Centric Engine, which, like all J-Phones, promises a few quasi sci-fi features like calibrating the display to be comfortable for your age. It’s also water-and-dust resistant and you’ll be able to watch 1-Seg broadcasts while on the Bullet Train — the perfect combination to make westerners feel jealous.

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Japan’s NTT DoCoMo announces 2012 Winter Collection, includes several high-end devices

NTT DoCoMo, the large network operator in Japan, has released the line-up of devices that will be included in their 2012 Winter Collection. The list includes several high-end devices like the Samsung Galaxy S III in Titanium Gray, a red LG Optimus G model, a Samsung Galaxy Note II, the Sony Xperia AX, a Sharp AQUOS ZETA smartphone, and a Fujitsu Arrows Tab 10.1-inch device.

The AQUOS ZETA phone sports a 4.9-inch IGZO display running atop a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip with 2GB of RAM. Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the device is water and dust proofed and will be available in red, white or blue models. Another device readers may not be familiar with is a 10.1-inch tablet from Fujitsu. The Arrows Tab is running an NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.7GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM to drive a full HD 1920×1200 WUXGA display. Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the device packs a huge 10,080 mAh battery.

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Sony’s new PlayStation Mobile content coming to Xperia handheld

Sony has announced the advent of PlayStation Mobile, a new content platform where users can download gaming titles made specifically for PlayStation certified devices. Over 30 different titles from many genres will be available to start, and Sony will be giving developers the tools they need to develop and publish their own games for distribution in PlayStation Mobile.

Naturally, Sony’s Xperia devices will be among those supported for the PlayStation Mobile platform. Specifically, Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY, Xperia S, Xperia ion, Xperia acro S, Xperia TX, Xperia T, Xperia V, Xperia SL, and Sony Tablet S, Sony Tablet P and Xperia Tablet S users will be able to download all of the titles available once it launches.

As for availability, those in Japan, US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia can start downloading and playing October 3rd, while developers can get their hands on the tools needed to distribute their games via PlayStation Mobile this November. Read on for full press details.

Official Version of PlayStation®Mobile SDK Will Be Available in November

Tokyo, September 19, 2012 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that it will start to deliver dedicated content for PlayStation®Mobile, delivering the world of PlayStation® on open operating system-based devices※1, through PlayStation®Store on October 3. In the dramatically evolving smartphone and tablet market, SCE will offer appealing PlayStation-like content to a variety of popular mobile devices.

The service will start in nine countries including Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Australia with more countries to follow. At launch, users will be able to enjoy approximately 30 new titles from a variety of genres including Adventure, Action, Puzzle, Sports, and Simulation, at an affordable price point of between 50 yen and 850 yen (including tax)※2, created by third party developers and publishers as well as SCE Worldwide Studios. Further content will be released frequently for PlayStation®Mobile as new titles become available.

SCE also announced Fujitsu Limited and Sharp Corporation will join the PlayStation Certified license program※3. By collaborating with Fujitsu and Sharp which not only have the significant share in the Japanese smartphone market but also offer a wide range of devices across the globe, SCE will deliver the unmatched PlayStation experience to even more smartphone and tablet users around the world.

“Fujitsu’s ARROWS series smartphones and tablets feature “Usability” realized by human-centric technology, and “High Spec” represented by Japan’s first quad-core CPU adopted model.” said Takahiro Matsumura, Senior Vice President, Ubiquitous Business Strategy Unit, Fujitsu Limited. “We are excited to be partnering with Sony Computer Entertainment, and offer PlayStation-like gaming experiences for ARROWS users.”

“We are very pleased to be able to offer exciting PlayStation-like gaming experiences through our products to the customers all around the world.” said Itsuki Kouchi, Division Deputy General Manager & Marketing Department General Manager, Global Product Development Center, Communication Systems Group, Sharp Corporation. “Sharp will continue shaping its smartphone development philosophy, “Feel Logic”, and one of its elements, ”Feel Creation”.

Furthermore, the PlayStation Mobile Developer Program which includes the official version of PlayStation Mobile SDK will become available to the development community in November. This will be rolled-out in a phased manner in 11 countries and regions including Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The PlayStation Mobile Developer Program will allow developers to easily distribute their content through PlayStation Store on a commercial basis and market their games to millions of dedicated gamers with PlayStation™Certified devices and PlayStation Vita. The license agreement for the SDK is US$99 annually※4.

SCE will further accelerate the expansion of PlayStation Certified devices and continue to collaborate with content developers to drive the delivery of compelling entertainment experiences through PlayStation Mobile.

About PlayStation®Mobile

PlayStation®Mobile marries fun, engaging PlayStation-style gaming with the convenience of PlayStation™Certified mobile devices and offers mobile users a superlative store navigation and purchase experience. It allows a wide range of developers to produce PlayStation-like game experiences in an easy, time-efficient development environment. PlayStation Mobile content is also compatible with PlayStation®Vita.

※1 As of September 19, Android based PlayStation™Certified devices and PlayStation®Vita.
※2 Prices in Japan based on the information as of September 19.
※3 The license program to expand PlayStation Mobile, dedicated for portable hardware manufacturers. SCE will not only license logos but also provide necessary development support. As of September 19, 2012, the line-up of PlayStation™Certified devices include the HTC One series of smartphones, HTC One™ X, HTC One™ S, and HTC One™ V and Xperia™ arc, Xperia™ PLAY, Xperia™ S, Xperia™ ion, Xperia™ acro S, Xperia™ TX, Xperia™ T, Xperia™ V, Xperia™ SL from Sony Mobile Communications AB, and “Sony Tablet” S, “Sony Tablet” P and Xperia™ Tablet S from Sony Corporation. Model name may vary by region. Sales model may vary by area.
※4 The fee is for the US market. The fee differs by countries and regions.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufactures, distributes, develop and markets the PlayStation®2 (PS2®) computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system and the PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) portable entertainment system. SCEI has revolutionized home entertainment since they launched PlayStation in 1994. PS2® further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSP® is a handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games with high-quality full-motion video and high-fidelity stereo audio. PS3® is an advanced computer system, incorporating the powerful Cell Broadband Engine and RSX processors. PS Vita is an ultimate portable entertainment system that offers a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context. SCEI also delivers the PlayStation® experience to open operating systems through PlayStation®Suite, a cross platform and cross device initiative. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI, along with its affiliated companies, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC., and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and its division companies, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Sony Computer Entertainment Asia develops, publishes, markets and distributes hardware and software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide.


PlayStation and PS3 are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Xperia is a trademark or a registered trademark of Sony Mobile Communications AB. “Sony Tablet” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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Sharp and Fujitsu join PlayStation Certified program, PS Mobile SDK available this November

Move over HTC — both Sharp and Fujitsu are joining Sony’s PlayStation Certified program, allowing games in the PlayStation Mobile marketplace to be purchased and played on various portable devices from the two hardware manufacturers. In Fujitsu’s case, its ARROW series of smartphones and tablets will carry the PlayStation Mobile titles, while Sharp isn’t getting specific just yet.

Beyond the partnership announcement, Sony’s PlayStation Mobile SDK comes out of beta this November and becomes available for any developer. Licences cost $100/year, and the SDK becomes available on a region-by-region basis starting with Japan, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, allowing for cross platform development on PlayStation Certified devices and the Vita.

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Android Overload: ITC Investigates Motorola’s Apple Complaint, Sharp and Fujitsu Are Now PlayStation Certified, and More

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  • Google updates Maps (web) with easier to spot interior businesses with panoramic Street View. [Google]
  • Android’s market share at 49.6%, iPhone at 18.8%. iPhone 5 launch will help close the gap. [AP]
  • Contrary to rumors, Intel’s upcoming dual-core Clover Trail Atom CPU will support Android. [ZDNet]
  • CloudMagic updated in the Play Store. Universal search for all your cloud apps and social networks. [Play Store]
  • CM10 Downloader makes keeping up with Cyanogen Nightlies a snap. [Play Store]
  • ITC launches formal investigation into Motorola’s complaints against Apple. [iDownloadBlog]
  • T-Mobile issues software update for Mytouch and Mytouch Q by Huawei to fix camera resolution. [T-MobileSupport]
  • Sharp and Fujitsu are now officially PlayStation Mobile certified. [Engadget]

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Fujitsu Launches New Tablet For Business Users

Fujitsu just released their 10.1 inch Android tablet, and it seems like they’re trying to target business users. This tablet is beautiful with the fact that it’s powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.4GHz quad core processor. At the same time, the Fujitsu Stylistic M532/EA4 is also military-grade ruggedized for protection against high and/or extreme temperatures, and also has a very, very impressive 13.4 hours of battery life.

The tablet also boasts of a 2 mega pixel on the front for video calling and an 8 mega pixel camera on the back. The tablet will also have a few different built-in types of connectivity such as Wi-Fi, GPS, and 3G. The tablet also has a number of different inputs such as a micro USB input, audio line in and out, a custom dock connector, and the usual memory card slot. It has a wonderful 1280 x 800 display for what it is intended for and also is running off Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While it’s a new tablet and Jelly Bean is missing, this may be something that would turn people away. Still, I think that since this tablet was intended for business purposes many will not care at the fact that it does not have Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. While many want to have the latest tech, you really don’t need Jelly Bean for all of your business purposes.

Right now, the tablet is only available in Japan. Shipments outside of Japan are expected to begin starting in early October. While Fujitsu is still trying to make a name for themselves in the world of Android, we probably will not be seeing them really take off as it’s probably going to take quite some time before their devices actually become something recognizable and money worthy in North America. The last really cool thing Fujitsu was actually able to do, was a really cool LTE waterproof phone at the Mobile World Congress. That makes me really wonder as to what we’ll be seeing at this upcoming Mobile World Congress. I can’t really throw guesses out there, but I’m expecting a huge influx of waterproof handsets and new NFC (Near Field Communication) capabilities.

I’m not really sure why we would need waterproof gadgets, aside from keeping them safe during accidents. I mean, can you really talk on the phone underwater without running out of breath rapidly? It is helpful if your phone gets dropped in something by accident (which is pretty unlikely most of the time), but I would really like to see some handsets that have more durability when you drop them. Just a personal preference there.

Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot of Fujitsu’s stuff in the United States fairly soon, as they do have some really cool products that are worth giving a look at.

Any thoughts on this device? Do you think that you would be interested in getting something like this?

Let us know in the comments below!

source: android central

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Fujitsu launches rugged, business-ready Stylistic tablet

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Fujitsu released a 10.1-inch Android tablet in Japan today, squarely targeting business users. Not only does it have ample horsepower with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.4 GHz quad-core processor inside, but the Fujitsu Stylistic M532/EA4 is also military-grade ruggedized for protection against dust and extreme temperatures, and has an impressive 13.4 hours of battery life.

There's a 2 megapixel camera on the front for video calling and an 8 megapixel shooter on the back to boot. The usual selection of connectivity is built in, such as Wi-Fi, GPS, and 3G, plus a handful of inputs, including micro USB, audio line-in/out, a custom dock connector, and a memory card slot. The 1280 x 800 display resolution and running Android 4.0 (instead of Jelly Bean) might not win it any favors,  but something tells me that stuffy business-types won't care that much.

Shipments outside of Japan are expected in early October. Fujitsu is still making a name for itself in the Android world, and it will probably still be awhile before their mobile devices become a recognizable sight over here in North America. The last thing we noticed from them was a cool LTE waterproof phone at Mobile World Congress; we can always use more waterproof gadgets, so hopefully we'll see more of Fujitsu's stuff stateside soon.  

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NTT DoCoMo, Fujitsu and NEC rekindle love and LTE partnership, Samsung and Panasonic left in the rain

NTT DoCoMo, Fujitsu and NEC rekindle love and LTE partnership, Samsung and Panasonic left in the rain

The fractious on-again, off-again love affair between NTT DoCoMo, Fujitsu and NEC has taken another turn. After dissolving a partnership to build a common LTE platform that included Samsung and Panasonic, the trio have rekindled their love over a candlelit dinner. The gang are stumping up the cash to bankroll Access Network Technology, a venture to build, wait for it, LTE platforms for smartphones and tablets, with each party bringing its own R&D and IP knowhow to the table. There’s no word on how jilted lovers Samsung and Panasonic feel about the team-up, but we wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t shed a private tear and think about the good old days.

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Toshiba REGZA T-02D smartphone launches in Japan: ‘New AMOLED Plus’ display, old resolution

Toshiba REGZA T02D smartphone launches in Japan 'New AMOLED Plus' display, old resolution

Confusingly announced by Fujitsu, the Toshiba Regza T-02D will settle into a wall of similarly bright-colored, good-looking smartphones in NTT DoCoMo stores starting this week. The (Japan-only) phone’s 4.3-inch OLED screen holds onto a middling qHD resolution, but Fujitsu says its “new AMOLED Plus technology” will apparently render in higher clarity than any of its preceding smartphone displays — we’ll wait to see it in action before coming to any conclusions. There’s no word on who’s behind the dual-core 1.5GHz processor, but Xi connectivity (how Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo brands its LTE provision) makes a Qualcomm chipset likely. Fujitsu is also pushing the phone’s ‘human-centric’ Android skin, like what we saw on its own quad-core slab). This involves a collection of UI tweaks to the base Android 4.0 OS, including Intellicolor, where the phone will sense the color of ambient light and tweak the display accordingly. The phone’s 13.1-megapixel camera reaches an impressively high ISO level of 25600, running on Sony’s back-illuminated Exmor R sensor, while Fujitsu’s also channeled the ghost of the original Motorola Atrix, resurrecting a fingerprint unlock sensor. Other features worth mentioning include high-definition NOTTV compatibility, plus certified water and dust resistance. As is expected from the world of Japanese smartphones, there’s a selection of colors too — the T-02D will be available in Pink, Black and Blue from launch. Japan residents wondering exactly which company made the phone can try to get their head around the full release below.

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Fujitsu intros RakuRaku accessible smartphone for the elderly

Fujitsu intros RakuRaku accessible smartphone for the elderly

While there are a number of ways to make existing smartphones more accessible for the elderly, there are very few on the market designed specifically with them in mind. There’s devices like the Jitterbug, but they’re not particularly “smart.” Fujitsu’s latest entrant in its RakuRaku line, however, is loaded with friendly features and hardware designed specifically with the elderly in mind — and it runs Android. When it lands in Japan this August it’ll sport a customized UI with large text and oversized virtual buttons. Even the few physical buttons are large and easy to operate for those whose agility may be waning. The screen is even able to distinguish between accidental touches and purposeful taps. To see the device in action check out the video after the break.

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Fujitsu unveils Ultrabooks for business users

Ultrabooks, a sub notebook device that is defined by Intel to have reduced size and weight while not compromising functionality or battery life of larger counterparts. Lots of Windows 8 ready Ultrabooks were showcased at Computex that was held last month. We’ve seen Asus Tablet 600, Samsung’s Series 7 slates, MSI’s Slider S20 and Acer’s Windows 8 tablets, but none of these were meant for business use, and from what we know, business users are Microsoft’s vital customers. Today, however, Fujitsu has unveiled two all new Ultrabooks that are aimed at business users.

The two models from Fujitsu are Stylistic Q702 laptop/tablet hybrid and the LifeBook T902, a convertible laptop. The Q702 is an 11.6-inch tablet which supports an optional keyboard dock while also supporting pen input. What set it apart from any other Ultrabooks are the features which it supports such as TPM, Computrace support, Intel Anti-Theft technology and built-in WWAN & LTE connectivity. The device runs on Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors, either Core i3 or i5 with 4 gigs of RAM and a 128GB SSD for storage. The 11.5 inch screen with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 comes coated with Gorilla Glass. Other hardware features include two USB 3.0 ports which are backward compatible, Ethernet jack and a VGA port. The whole setup weighs 1.88 pounds. Fujitsu packs in decent sized batteries which will provide the tablet 4.5 hours of run time.

Talking of LifeBook T902, it comes with a 13-inch Gorilla Glass display with a resolution of 1,600 x 900. Under the hood will be an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, either Core i5 or i7 chip. The whole unit weighs 4.1-pound, which is a bit on higher side, but supports up to 16GB of RAM, along with optional WWAN or LTE radios. It also features a modular bay, which is a nifty feature and can be used to install an additional battery, hard drive or even an optical drive. After the installation of second battery, the tablet is expected to last up to 11 hours, which is a respectable figure. It is home to security features such as TPM, Computrace support, fingerprint sensor and vPro chips.

Both the devices will be initially shipped with Windows 7 pre-installed, which can be upgraded to Windows 8 when launched. Q702 hybrid will have its price tag starting at $1,099 and will be selling at $1,899 and up. The devices are anticipated to ship in the third quarter.

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Fujitsu, NICT create indoor navigation for the blind using ultrawideband, Android phones, kind hearts

Fujitsu, NICT create indoor navigation for the blind using ultrawideband, Android smartphones, kind hearts

There’s no shortage of navigation outdoors, and even a little bit of help indoors, but there’s been precious little aid for the blind indoors — leaving them little choice but to move cautiously or get outside help. Fujitsu and Japan’s NICT have crafted a system that gives the sightless a greater level of autonomy inside through ultrawideband-based impulse radio. A grid of UWB radios positioned around a room gauge the distances between each other and transmit the data to a PC, which then talks to the traveler’s Android phone. The device then gives spoken directions based on a 12-o’clock system and far subtler distances than GPS can manage: the positioning is accurate to within a foot. While the indoors navigation is only just getting a demo this week, it’s already being refined to detect objects in the room as well as to help even the fully sighted. If Fujitsu and NICT have their way, buildings ranging from hospitals to malls will have their own turn-by-turn navigation. For some, the freedom of movement could be a life-changer.

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Fujitsu Arrows X: First Tegra 3-Powered, LTE-Connected Smartphone in Japan

Japanese information technology company Fujitsu announced Wednesday its desire to release Japan’s and the world’s first ever Nvidia Tegra 3-powered device which is also compatible with the ever-growing 4G LTE market. Fujitsu Arrows X will be a groundbreaking release for the company and it is obviously its flagship for this year.

There have been a few quad-core smartphones released in the 2nd quarter of 2012 but the manufacturers had to make a compromise if they wish to compete in the LTE market. It means that their devices would be given an LTE-capable dual-core processor just to showcase the lightning fast data download speed; the best examples are HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3.

In an article posted on Nvidia’s blog, it was stated that NTT Docomo would be the first operator in Japan to offer the powerful and fast device. The carrier’s Xi network has recently started offering 4G LTE connectivity to its subscribers and having Fujitsu Arrows X aboard would surely attract more customers, especially tech enthusiasts who are always on the lookout for powerful devices.

At the launch event, Nvidia’s Steve Furney-Howe highlighted the very features of Tegra 3 that make it the most powerful mobile processor today: great performance with ultra-low battery requirements. “At NVIDIA we don’t just deliver a fast chip, we are working with hardware and software partners to deliver amazing user experiences like TegraZone games,” he said.

The unique 4-PLUS-1 architecture found inside Tegra 3 enables the chip to use the cores needed for its operation; it shuts off other cores when not needed making the user experience superb still while economizing the use of battery. The fifth battery-saving core is an essential part of the SOC (system on chip) to deliver its promised ultra-low voltage consumption when idle.

The good thing when using Nvidia Tegra 3 processor is that the device can openly use graphics processor to provide display quality that could never be found in other devices. In the case of Fujitsu Arrows X, it is capable of giving console-quality gaming display which can be fed to bigger HD screens. Fujitsu’s own Katsumi Takada showed off what the device can do as far as gaming is concerned during the launch event.

While the full hardware specs of Arrows X haven’t been revealed yet, Fujitsu said it will sport 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, fingerpoint sensor, Felica, one-seg TV tuner and its own Human Centric Engine. The price hasn’t been revealed yet but the device will be made available in the summer.

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Fujitsu Readying 10″ Android Tablets?

Fujitsu has not quite made its name on the market as a manufacturer of Android-based products. This year, however, the company will try to change things. According to a leaked confidential document containing the Japanese firm’s planned product releases for the year 2012-2013, Fujitsu is preparing at least two Android tablets. These two devices will both run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will have displays that measure 10.1 inches diagonally. It is unknown, nevertheless, if these tablets will make their way to the United States, or be targeted only at the Japanese market.

The first tablet, dubbed the Bacura, is a high-end tablet that features a water-resistant chassis. The same water-resistant technology is currently found on Fujitsu’s recent smartphones. The confidential roadmap reveals that this tablet is slated to be released in the first quarter of this year. Thus, consumers can probably expect that this tablet will hit the tablet market soon. Yet, one should also consider that in Fujitsu’s roadmap, development for the Bacura tablet has just started a few months ago. At the very least, Fujitsu might announce the existence of this tablet to the public this coming summer, possibly around the end of this month.

The second tablet that the document revealed is the Volume tablet. This tablet is scheduled to be released sometime in the second quarter of this year. Other than that, the document doesn’t expose any other information about the tablet.

Although many manufacturers worldwide are producing Android-based tablets, there is still hope that Fujitsu might be able to make some success with the Bacura tablet and the Volume tablet. The United States market, in particular, might be a good starting point for Fujitsu, as it has not been able to penetrate it yet. It is important, though, that the specifications of the tablets be at par with, or even surpass the other tablets available today.



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