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  (Source: Fujitsu)

  (Source: Fujitsu)
Fujitsu's LifeBook U810 features a swiveling 5.6" display and a QWERTY keyboard

There were many concerns raised in DailyTech's previous article on the HTC Shift regarding the pricing for UMPCs. Many felt that device manufacturers were pricing their devices out of the market of mainstream buyers.

According to many sources, the HTC Shift will have a price tag of $1,500 USD, while Samsung's Q1 Ultra EL is sitting at a more palatable price tag of $799 USD from a few retailers. Fujitsu is looking to raise a few eyebrows of its own with a new feature-filled UMPC priced at $999 USD.

The LifeBook U810 (known as the LifeBook U1010 or FMV-U8240 in other markets) packs quite a few features into its 1.56 pound frame. The device features a 5.6" 1024x600 LCD, 800MHz Intel A110 processor, 1GB DDR2 memory, 40GB hard drive, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, Atheros Super AG 802.11a/b/g wireless, 10/100 NIC, USB 2.0 port, VGA port, CompactFlash slot, Secure Digital slot, QWERTY keyboard and a Fingerprint sensor.

The aforementioned 5.6" display screen can be used in a traditional "laptop" view for easy thumb-typing with the QWERTY keyboard or swiveled 180 degrees and laid flat atop of the keyboard to use the U810 in "slate" mode. For those that ink a lot in slate mode, GottaBeMobile’s Hugo Ortega is happy to report that the screen requires a firm push to register input therefore making vectoring while inking a non-issue. There also two LEDs mounted near the base of the swivel mount to light the keyboard in low-light conditions -- nice touch.

Fujitsu says that its LifeBook U810 has a battery life of 5.5 hours via its 4-cell, 5200mAh lithium-ion battery.

The LifeBook U810 is scheduled to hit stores in September and will be available with either Windows Vista Premium, or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. For more opinions and real-world shots of the LifeBook U810, check out Notebook Review’s first look at the device.

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Great price
By erwos on 8/14/2007 12:10:14 PM , Rating: 2
If you can handle the slightly-smaller screen and lack of DVI, this UMPC is EASILY the best value out there. Anyone know if it can take a RAM upgrade?

RE: Great price
By Brandon Hill on 8/14/2007 12:31:06 PM , Rating: 2
From the looks of this pic, I'd say yes.

I also believe I've seen images of the U1010 opened up so I think it's quite possible.

RE: Great price
By FITCamaro on 8/14/2007 1:23:51 PM , Rating: 1
I don't think it can take a RAM upgrade. If you follow the link for the Intel processor, the article it goes to says the platform this UMPC is based off of only supports up to 1GB of RAM.

I don't see how an 800MHz processor and 1GB of RAM can run Vista that will.

RE: Great price
By Brandon Hill on 8/14/2007 2:02:19 PM , Rating: 2
The platform will accept 2GB with a single module (even though Intel says only up to 1GB). My Q1 Ultra uses the same platform/processor and I upgraded it to 2GB with a single DDR2 SODIMM (as have many others) -- it makes a big difference in Vista.

Hugo Ortega even has a how-to on cracking open the Q1 Ultra to perform the upgrade here:

And I have pics of my own which I posted over the weekend:

RE: Great price
By FITCamaro on 8/14/2007 4:29:19 PM , Rating: 2
OK I was just going off info your site has.

Really beautful
By DeepBlue1975 on 8/14/2007 12:47:05 PM , Rating: 2
I like this a lot better than the HTC shift.
Besides, the price is much more reasonable... Hey, the 2nd processor and embedded WM6 don't appeal to me at all in the shift, in fact, we use WM because there are some tiny devices that can't run a full blown windows OS, and so we have to settle with its little brother...
I'd really love to have one of these, though I'd certainly choose xp tablet over vista.

RE: Really beautful
By erwos on 8/14/2007 12:53:05 PM , Rating: 2
XP Tablet's hand-writing recognition isn't as good as Vista's. There's some performance sacrifice involved, but tablet users really do seem to like Vista better when it comes to tablet functionality. :)

One thing missing
By Keeir on 8/14/2007 5:41:03 PM , Rating: 2
Only one thing missing from this device


I know, WiMax will probably kill battery time, but there are MetroAreas in the US covered by WiMax. Wireless A/B/G probably covers more square foot, but where there is WiMax it covers square miles...

RE: One thing missing
By erwos on 8/15/2007 7:03:10 AM , Rating: 2
What metro areas are covered by it? As far as I know, Sprint and Clearwire are still deploying in test markets, and won't be ready for any trials until 2008.

I keep close track of this because I live in DC, work in northern VA, and visit Baltimore often - the entire initial test market, from what I understand.

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton

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