Fujitsu has launched the Lifebook T730, a hybrid notebook/tablet PC which it claims will increase the productivity of business people on the move.
Key features include the option of embedded GPS and 3G/WMTS connectivity, alongside wireless LAN and Bluetooth 2.1.
The 1.8Kg device comes with a 12.1in bidirectional twisting screen allowing it to be used as a tablet or notebook. The screen supports multi-touch input using a pen or finger.
Fujitsu stressed the enhanced security features available on the T730, which incorporates biometric fingerprint log-on, secure data encryption via optional Trusted Platform Module, and SmartCard memory support.
An Advanced Theft Protection service is also available, allowing a lost or stolen Lifebook to be remotely locked. All data can be erased, and the device can be recovered using GPS tracking.
The T730 runs Windows 7 Professional, and is powered by Intel's vPro processor technology.
Fujitsu has also added a modular bay capable of housing a DVD/Blu-ray drive, second battery or hard disk.
The tablet can run all day on a single charge, the firm claimed, owing to energy saving features such as an integrated Ambient Light Sensor that automatically adjusts display brightness to the working environment.
"Customers choose tablet PCs for their added functionality, convenience and greater flexibility," said Brad Hagan, product marketing manager for mobile clients at Fujitsu UK & Ireland.
"When choosing a tablet PC, it is important to look for the little touches that make life easier, such as a screen that will twist in both directions, support for multi-touch and superior connectivity options."
The Lifebook T730 is available from Fujitsu resellers starting at £1,078 excluding VAT.
The device could find an niche in the tablet PC market, but will face tough competition from the iPad which is already finding favour among business users.
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