BARCELONA: Japanese firm Fujitsu had a busy MWC and has unveiled several new devices and experimental technologies, such as a prototype smartphone iris scanner.
The Stylistic V535 tablet is without a doubt the toughest entry from Fujitsu this MWC and is designed to offer a travel-friendly Windows 8.1 productivity aid for people working in hazardous environments.
Design and build
Visually the Stylistic V535 is a fairly unassuming affair and looks like an armoured version of most of the other nondescript small form factor Windows 8.1 tablets we've seen.
However, while it may look a little dull, Fujitsu has built the Stylistic V535 to last with IP65 water and dust resistance standards.
Fujitsu also claims that the Stylistic V535 can function in temperatures of -10°C to 50°C and survive drops of up to 1.8m.
We didn't get a chance to check Fujitsu's temperature or water claims, but we can confirm that it survived an 'accidental' fall onto the Fujitsu showroom floor.
Backing up the Stylistic V535's functional feel, Fujitsu has also made it compatible with a number of Smart Shell peripherals.
These are custom cases designed for "specialised industrial environments" that add features such as barcode scanners, swivel arms and chip and Pin readers.
Fujitsu has loaded the Stylistic V535 with an 8.3in WUXGA, 1920x1200 pixel IPS display coated in a thick layer of Gorilla Glass.
Testing the screen, we found that the Stylistic V535's screen, while dimmer than most consumer tablets, performed reasonably well when compared with other ruggedised devices, such as the Panasonic Toughpad.
Icons and text were suitably crisp and, while not exactly vibrant, colour balance and contrast levels were also good. Our one qualm about the Stylistic V535 is that it doesn't come with an active stylus, which limits its usefulness as a notation or order tracking device.
The Fujitsu Stylistic V535 comes with Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system, which is a definite bonus for business users.
The use of Windows means that companies can install and manage desktop or cloud applications, such as Office 365, OneDrive and Skype. The OS also makes easy for IT departments to set up and manage applications and data stored on the Stylistic V535 using mobile device management services.
Powered by an Intel Atom Z3795 quad-core processor with 4GB RAM, the Pro Stylistic V535 has reasonable internal specifications compared with most other 8in Windows tablets. Sadly we didn't get a chance to benchmark the Stylistic V535 during our hands-on review.
General testing showed reasonably impressive performance, however. Desktop and touch applications, including Office and Internet Explorer, ran smoothly and we didn't notice any serious performance problems.
Battery and storage
The Stylistic V535 includes optional support for 4G, and is powered by a removable battery that Fujitsu claims offers eight hours of life. We didn't get a chance to battery burn the Stylistic V535, but were pleased to see that the power pack is removable.
This allows remote workers to use a spare battery when working for prolonged periods away from a charge point.
The Pro Stylistic V535 comes with 128GB of internal storage, which is reasonable for a tablet of this size.
Price, release date and conclusion
The Stylistic V535 is available to order from Fujitsu now. Prices vary by region, model and configuration.
Overall, as rugged devices go, the Stylistic V535 appears to tick all the boxes. Featuring a solid design, removable battery and reasonably powerful processor, coupled with the productivity benefits of Windows 8.1 Pro, the Stylistic V535 has the potential to be a great choice for workers who regularly operate outdoors.
Check back with V3 later for a full review of the Fujitsu Stylistic V535.
By V3's Alastair Stevenson
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