Fujitsu is all set to release Lifebook TH40, a Windows 7 tablet PC to rival the iPad and other (not-so-popular) tablets (Xoom, Galaxy Tab etc). This tablet sports a 17.4 mm (0.6 inch) thick casing and still somehow manages to pack a slide out keyboard. The TH40 is powered by the x86 based Atom Z670 processor that runs at 1.5GHz clock speed and is very power frugal in nature. Perhaps that is the reason why Fujitsu claims that it can deliver up to 6 hours of continuous runtime on a single charge.
The display size and resolution is similar to the 400 dollar netbooks you see around – 10.1 inch and 1024 x 600 pixel resolution screen. That said, the display is capacitive, just like iPad.
For storage you get a nice 120GB hard disk drive, which should be more than enough for your portable needs, unless you are one of those guys who carry lots and lots of movies on the go. Other specs include a gig of RAM, 23Wh li-poly battery, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, 2x USB 2.0 ports, HDMI port, SD card slot, webcam, and microphone jack. It is slated to be released in Japan for 80,000 Yen (~1000 dollars)
TH40 vs iPad (quick comparison)
- The obvious advantage that TH40 brings to the table is the desktop OS – something which all of us very much familiar with.
- That said, not all of us prefer a desktop OS, which is not-so-optimized for tablet use. This is the area where iPad scores
- TH40 is heavier too, weighing in at 1.1kg
- TH40 runs Windows 7 Home Premium OS; comes with Office 2010 and packs a hardware keyboard. All these features will certainly help you to stay productive while on the go.
- iPad is much better for consuming media since that is what iOS is all about.
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