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Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 Windows 8 laptop-tablet hybrid video

18 Oct 2012

As the IT market awaits the launch of Windows 8, hardware manufacturers are falling over themselves to announce their future portfolios of devices that will offer the new operating system.

One of these firms is Fujitsu, which in July announced that it would be launching its Q702 laptop-tablet hybrid device to the market.

Originally this was slated for a September release on Windows 7 with future compatibility with Windows 8.

However, the firm pushed this back to be closer to the launch of Windows 8. Now, the Windows 7 version will be launched in late October and the Windows 8 model at the start of November, the firm told V3.

We learnt this information having popped along to try out the Windows 8 version of the device at the IP Expo event in London, and we were impressed with what we saw.

Dave Shaw, a product marketing manager at Fujitsu, gave us a video demo of the device in action, as you can see above.

He also told V3 that the firm has already started to show the device to some of its corporate customers and seen keen interest in the product.

He explained many firms have held off on tablet rollouts because of the Windows 8 launch, with Microsoft's offering for tablets seen as having some advantages over the iPad.

"People realise it's not a one-size fits all market and so the addition of a keyboard and the live-tile system to push information to users is seen as a key asset," he said.

"The ability for in-house app development is also important, especially as it will cross-code with Windows Phone 8 devices. This is a big hook for businesses."

He noted, though, that interest in the platform on the desktop and laptop markets was not as high for Windows 8 as on tablets.

"It's not really registering there at the moment," he said.

"This is partly because most firms are only now moving from [Windows] XP to [Windows] 7."

We'll have a full review of the device once it's launched next month.

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