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Fujitsu Q550 Tablet  (Source: Fujitsu)
Tablets run Windows 7

Way back in January during CES Intel was showing off tablet prototypes and the hardware inside those tablets was codenamed Oak Trail. Those tablets made an appearance again at Computex 2011 last week. Now, Intel and a couple of its partners have announced that they are now shipping tablets based on Oak Trail. 

The tablets come from Fujitsu and Motion Computing and are the Q550 and CL900 respectively. The tablets are both aimed at corporate and business users rather than the consumer-focused iPad. Acer and Toshiba also both showed off tablets using the processors as well at Computex 2011 last week. The processor in side both the Q550 and the CL900 tablets is the single-core Z670 processor and it runs at a clock speed of 1.5GHz.

The processor has on-chip accelerators for decoding 1080p video and the chip is designed to run Windows, Android, and MeeGo operating systems. The Fujitsu and Motion Computing offerings have security features that make them more attractive in the business world. The Fujitsu tablet has a fingerprint reader and the Motion Computing offering has Absolute Software Computrace Complete installed on it right out of the box. That software helps the user and administrator to find tablets that are lost or stolen.

Both of the tablets also have Trusted Platform management 1.2 inside. TPM 1.2 allows for hardware cryptography and authentication technology to enhance security. When running Windows 7 like the Q550 and CL900 the tablets will also run existing applicatons within a business.

The tablets also differ from the iPad in that they have SSD storage, USB ports, and HDMI outputs. Both of the new tablets also have cameras on the front and rear along with Wi-Fi and optional 3G. The Q550 tips the scales at 1.7 pounds and sells for $729 with the CL900 weighing 2.1 pounds $899. 

Benchmarks have shown the Oak Trail processors to be hot and slow compared to the more seasoned ARM competition.

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Too much
By DrApop on 6/6/2011 12:53:44 PM , Rating: 2
No one/few are going to pay 750+ for a tablet when you can get a notebook with even more power for several hundred less.

Unless there are mobile work apps that need to be run on a tablet, I just don't see it being very functional at that price. Perhaps a physician doing rounds or someone with a mobile walking around type job would rather a tablet vs a notebook. But still, $750-900 is too much IMO.

RE: Too much
By Devilpapaya on 6/6/2011 1:02:35 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, at that price its defiantly a business only tablet. Even then it's probably going to be pretty niche in the business realm. SSD, HDMI out, USB, all things A tablet would have to have for me to buy one, but that price is too much.

As the first real tablet that can run windows though, I'd like to see the remote desktop/remoteFx performance on these.

RE: Too much
By morgan12x on 6/6/2011 1:46:54 PM , Rating: 2
Not the first to run Windows. And costs way too much.

RE: Too much
By damianrobertjones on 6/7/2011 4:00:17 AM , Rating: 2
Please, don't buy that one :/

HP TC1100 was one of the first

RE: Too much
By Shadowmaster625 on 6/6/2011 3:59:43 PM , Rating: 2
First real what? Smoke what? Acer Iconia W500 is $549 and still is probably better than these pieces of crap in every measurable category, except maybe battery life. But it comes with a dock to keep it charged.

RE: Too much
By damianrobertjones on 6/7/2011 3:59:51 AM , Rating: 2

Asus EP121
Acer W500
HP Slate 500
and a few more..

RE: Too much
By AnnihilatorX on 6/7/2011 3:25:01 AM , Rating: 2
I don't find the Q5500 attractive proposal either, running on atom is gonna be underpowered for Windows.

I am looking for a *real* tablet, not iPad, UMPC, etc
I think I'll go for the Lenovo X220t. The configuration of the tablet one is $200 more than the normal multitouch base configuration. It's $1200 but all proper tablets with adequate processing power had always been at that price.

RE: Too much
By damianrobertjones on 6/7/2011 4:01:14 AM , Rating: 2
Not really; As long as the Atom has a reasonable SSD drive and the bloatware is removes, it can run VERY well

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