First specs of Pegatron slate


Mini info update Pegatron’s slate. It was one of the three Tablet devices visible at the end of Steve Ballmer’s CES keynote (Silverlight needed).

It has an 11 inch glare touch screen for two finger input, is powered by Intel Atom N450 and has only 1 GB of RAM. Unclear if one can add more manually. Windows Performance rating is 2.4. According to netobooknews.de it should appear as a netbook offered by various other brands with Pegatron (still partially owned by Asustek) as the ODM (Original Device Manufacturer).

Fujitsu: New 13.3 inch Tablet PC Lifebook T900 based on Intel’s Arrandale CPUs with Multi Touch, SSD and 3G options – not lightweight


 

At CES Fujitsu has unveiled the Lifebook T900, a new 13.3 inch (33.8 cm) Tablet PC (Convertible style) based on new Intel Arrandale platform. Coming with a choice of six different hard drives, five CPUs and three screens and also 3G modem it looks quite interesting though it is relatively heavy (2 kg). Fujitsu has not yet announced pricing and availability. According to an article on notebookcheck.com the T900 is „electronically identical“ to the T5010 Tablet.

According to the data sheet (English, PDF) there are two anti-glare models. One display is a touch screen for digitizer pen and multiple finger input (2 or 4 fingers, have ask press office for details), given the fact that the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 is pre installed. The other two displays types (“glossy” and anti glare) support digitizer pen input only. Fujitsu claims the 1280×800 LED display would be suitable “for enhanced outdoor viewing”. An ambient light sensor enables automatic adjustments of brightness.

CPU: Intels new Arrandale mobile CPUs with integrated graphics are used, based on the QM57 chipset, ranging from an unknown Celeron P4500 to Core i7 620M with 2.66 MHz. Note that only M, but not the more power saving LM CPUs are offered. Nevertheless Fujtsu claimes up to 6 hours of battery life with default 6 cell 5800 mAh (62.64 Watt) battery. Two memory slots for up to 8 GB of RAM – I would recommend to go for 4 GB from a price/performance standpoint.

OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit is pre installed, a downgrade DVD with Windows XP is included, Windows Vista 32 bit is supported (but now one except some corporations will want to use that).

Connectivity: 3xUSB 2.0, 1x GB LAN, 1 56k modem, 1 Memory card (SD/MMC/MS/MSPro/XD), 1 ExpressCard (34mm and 54mm supported), 1x Firewire, connector for Port Replicator. Bluetooth and WLAN are included, but no info yet which standards are supported.

Internal drives: HDs from 160 to 500 GB. Only the 500 GB internal drive offers 7.200 rpm, there is no performance info about the two 64 and 128 GB SSD drivers. Multi bay slot for DVD drive, second HD or second battery (3800 mAh for “three hours” of battery life).

Display Ports: VGA and HDMI (with up to 1920 x 1200 true color)

Pro: New CPUs platform, optional SSDs, 3G modem, Multi touch, anti glare display.

Downsides

Relatively high weight of 2 kg, no USB 3.0 (not sure if that can be work around with an external PC card).

Driver Download

Downloads are already available on Asian Pacific site: Fujitsu T900 for Windows 7 x86 (32bit)

Fujitsu T900 front view

French Telco manager confirms Apple tablet – (U) dementi


Stéphane Richard, “number two” of French Orange telco, confirmed “launch soon” of Apple’s tablet device (iSlate, iPad or what so ever), and that it would have a webcam, nowhereelse.fr reports. Seems that it might come with a contract of that telco, by that reducing the price. Open question: Will it have a bundle of news (sites, paper journal) subscriptions, e.g. for special editions of sports magazines, news portals like wsj.com, bild.de, integration of reader reporter features… Time will tell – soon.

Source: Lancement de la Tablette Apple imminent selon Orange!

US translation by Techcrunch:France Télécom / Orange Exec Confirms Apple Tablet Is On The Way

UPDATE:

paid:content:UK now reports that there was no confirmation:

But it was nothing of the sort, the Orange PR machine tells paidContent:UK: “A few comments taken out of context, then interpreted into English.”

A full statement emailed to us has further back-tracking: “These responses in no way reflect Orange’s confirmation of the existence of the rumoured device. The spokesperson was merely confirming that he is aware of the speculation surrounding a launch and that Orange would be delighted to have such a product were it ever to be available.”

Again, time will tell.