Fujitsu Planning Sliding and Folding Convertible Tablets

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News has just come out about two anticipated, very different tablets from Fujitsu. Both will feature keyboards; however one will be a Windows 7 slider powered by an Intel Oak Trail processor, while the other, which is still just a concept, will be a tri-folding device, the likes of which has not yet been seen.

Fujitsu TH40/DThe TH40/D is the more standard offering that Fujitsu has lined up, and should arrive in the Japanese market by the end of June. It will feature a 1.5GHz Oak Trail Atom Z670, 1GB of RAM, a 120GB hard drive, and a 10.1-inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution.

The device will be able to slide and reveal a concealed keyboard, and will be one of just a few such devices available on the market. The others include the upcoming Win 7-toting Samsung Sliding PC and the Android-powered ASUS Slider.

The TH40/D will cost the equivalent of about $990 US when it arrives in Japan, and there is no note on if or when it will arrive in the States.

Tablet Origami — The Fujitsu Flexbook

Fujitsu is currently meditating upon a concept that is more novel than the TH40/D above, and in fact, appears to be one of the most unique designs being considered by any tablet manufacturer.

The Fujitsu Flexbook will be a tri-folding device, collapsed into a compact rectangle when not in use, and having the capacity (and flexibility) to fold into a laptop or eReader-like form.

The Flexbook is still just a concept, and specifics are few and far between. The very fact that it is being explored as a viable option and Fujitsu is backing the device make it seem like tablet designs could be getting significantly more unique and interesting in the near future.

Source: Engadget 1 / 2



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