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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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By mooty on 6/7/2011 10:38:52 AM , Rating: 2
I had a fujitsu convertible tablet too, and it was pretty awesome. They have been offering slates too, with transflective screens, which are readable in direct sunlight even. The wacom digitizer is awesome too, I much prefer that to the touch screens. It's very natural to take notes on the screen with it. Those things cost a lot of money though, but you do get what you pay for.


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