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Hidden within Fujitsu’s autumn lineup for Japan was another waterproof tablet, but this one had something a little different — an extractor fan that still works underwater. The 12.5-inch QH77/M will need it, because it runs on Intel’s 1.6GHz Core i5-4200U processor, which (nearly always) requires a …
Fujitsu burst on to the Ultrabook scene in earnest with the Lifebook UH75 last fall, and it’s clearly bent on keeping our attention: it just launched an early sequel, the Lifebook UH90. The 14-inch portable is ever-so-slightly thinner than its ancestor at 15.5mm (0.61 inches) thick, but upgrades to an extra-dense 3,200 x 1,800, IGZO-based touchscreen. The improvements are more than just skin-deep, of course. A Haswell-based, 1.6GHz Core i5 helps feed that monster display, and a 500GB hybrid hard drive strikes a balance between speed and storage. Japanese buyers will get a crack at the UH90 on June 28th under the country’s customary open pricing system. There’s no word yet on a possible US release, but we hope one is on the cards.
In case the UH90 is too pricey, Fujitsu also has a trio of more modest PCs on tap. The Esprimo FH78 all-in-one (shown after the break) runs on a Haswell-era, 2.4GHz Core i7 and stuffs a 30W, 2.1-channel Pioneer speaker system underneath its 23-inch display. The PC builder’s 15.6-inch Lifebook AH models have also been given a slight bump: the AH45′s battery life has doubled to 6.4 hours, and the AH42 has upgraded to a 2.4GHz Pentium while lasting for 7.9 hours on a charge. We’re not expecting the Esprimo to reach the US, although the starter Lifebooks may cross the Pacific.
Intel’s Haswell-based processors may be just around the corner, but the suit-and-tie crowd can’t always wait to buy new PCs, can it? Fujitsu has those impatient corporate buyers covered with a refresh to its E-series Lifebooks. The 13.3-inch E733, 14-inch E743 and 15.6-inch E753 all keep on trucking with Ivy Bridge, but come in silver and red designs that are more elegant than what we saw last year. Not that they’re just skin-deep upgrades, mind you. The more common configurations tout more recent 2.6GHz Core i5 processors and 500GB hybrid hard drives, while each system can scale up to 16GB of RAM and a Core i7 for extra-demanding work. When prices start at $ 999, the new Lifebooks may be inexpensive enough to make shoppers feel better about their timing — at least, for a few weeks.
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Over the previous year we & rsquo; ve seen great deals of experimentation around interface, ranging from infrared eye tracking (which has currently found its method into mainstream smartphones) to incredibly exact 3D movement controls. Today, Japan & rsquo; s Fujitsu is flaunting its take on the nontraditional user interface– a combination scanner and camera that is someplace in between among those laser virtual keyboards and a tablet display that it & rsquo; s displaying under the prolonged moniker “Next-Generation UI Enabling Operations by means of Hand Gestures and Finger Movements.”
Fujitsu Lastly Enters Europe’s Smartphone Market With A Senior-Focused Android Device With France Telecom, Beginning In June
It was precisely a year ago that information began to emerge of Fujitsu ’ s purpose to come to Europe with its Android-based smartphones. Now the Japanese company is finally coming good on those reports: on Tuesday, Fujitsu is launching its first gadget in Europe, marking its first “ considerable foray into the smartphone market outside Japan. ”
However it ’ s not the business ’ s high-end Arrow Android phones that will be leading the fee. Instead, it is the Stylistic S-01, a senior-focused, Android 4.0 device with huge icons, improved sound and a de-sensitized touchscreen intended at elderly users. The gadget will sell first in France, starting in June and in partnership with France Telecom/Orange. The first devices will be revealed at the Mobile Globe Congress event in Barcelona next week.
While targeting elderly individuals initially could appear like a strange strategy for a smartphone market debut, it in fact makes sense for a lot of reasons.
According to WPP ’ s Kantar Worldpanel, there are currently countries in Europe where smartphone penetration has passed the 50 % mark (the UK is 61 %). France is almost among them yet, but it is close, at 46 %.
That implies that in a globe where Samsung and Apple are dominating smartphone sales, competitors is getting tight to sell to mass-market, younger demographics and some even more particular targeting is required.
Smartphone penetration amongst senior citizens in France is only around 20 %, but some 75 % of mobile individuals in the senior age bracket strategy to get a smartphone in the next year, according to one study. France Telecom tells me that it has even more phones in the pipeline for elders. “ We ‘d such as to see exactly what the hunger for this device is but we recognize the senior user section as a brand-new market for us to target, so we will be considering other devices for these individuals in the future, ” a speaker states.
Indeed, Orange is also bucking the ageist trend that presumes smartphone modern technology is just for young people. “ The senior customers within our customer base are simply as hungry for smartphone technology and mobile web services as anybody else, ” kept in mind Yves Maitre, SVP of device and mobile multimedia, France Telecom-Orange.
Fujitsu says that it has sold some 20 million phones in its Raku Raku senior phone line because its launch in 2001 in Japan, where it is sold solely by NTT Docomo. Fujitsu ’ s just various other venture beyond Japan has actually been for a trial of smartphones in China.
The Stylistic S-01 has several functions that make it more friendly to the older individual. Amongst them, the homepage icons that appear on the four-inch screen have actually been simplified and cast in a bigger typeface to make them easier to see. The touchscreen, on the other hand, has actually been made less sensitive, with individuals needed to push extra hard, as they would on a keypad, in order to tap with a command or number. While this may be frustrating to the ordinary smartphone user, Fujitsu states this lowers the amount of accidental touches that an older individual might make on the gadget.
Various other features consist of a personal protection alarm and audio innovation that slows down quickly talkers, and adjusts the frequency of voice callers relative to a person ’ s age, and water resistance.
A France Telecom spokesperson says that in the meantime there are no strategies revealed for additional nation rollouts, nor has it pointed out how it will be priced. It will rely on what Orange France determines to roll into the toll and what services it ultimately bundles with the device.
But it appears like Fujitsu, at least, has plans for this to be the first phase in a larger worldwide strategy.
“ As Fujitsu’s first extensive entry into the smartphone market outside Japan, we are thrilled that Orange– a business that holds a strong position in the European market– will be offering our phone, which features Fujitsu-exclusive human-centric modern technologies, ” stated Nobuo Otani, Corporate SVP, Fujitsu Limited, in a declaration. “ We are committed to the success of this collaboration as we aim to expand our smartphone business overseas, while advancing the promotion of Japanese innovation worldwide. ”
Full release with more device specifications below.
Fujitsu and Orange Partner to Provide Smartphones to the Quickly Growing Senior Market in Europe
Intuitive, feature-rich STYLISTIC S01 smartphone to debut June 2013 in France
Tokyo and Paris, February 19, 2013– Fujitsu Limited and France Telecom-Orange today announced a new partnership to offer smart phones and services in Europe. The collaboration marks Fujitsu’s first substantial foray into the smartphone market outside Japan. The preliminary providing will be the STYLISTIC S01, a smartphone created particularly for senior users, and will be offered with Orange in France in June 2013.
As the senior population in Europe remains to proliferate, smartphone use in this demographic is expected to climb. With the release of the STYLISTIC S01, Fujitsu and Orange plan on providing users in this market section a cutting-edge smartphone that provides superior usability. The STYLISTIC S01 will consist of services like Orange Cineday (\* 1) and Orange et Moi (\* 2), which are one-of-a-kind to Orange. Based around the human-centric modern technologies that Fujitsu has actually cultivated for over a years, the STYLISTIC S01 additionally offers a range of initial, convenient features created to lower obstacles to smartphone adoption by making best use of simplicity of use.
One of these barriers is traditional touchscreens, which do not offer the tactile sensation of pushing a physical button. The STYLISTIC S01, however, utilizes an one-of-a-kind screen technology that requires individuals to use the same level of pressure to on-screen icons as they would to buttons on a keypad. This helps individuals prevent inadvertent touches, preventing unexpected operations and enhancing input precision. Furthermore, the user-friendly graphic interface attributes extra-large icons and a simplified layout to ensure simple navigation for much easier operation. The STYLISTIC S01 is additionally equipped with a loud personal protection alarm that can be used to alert individuals in the surrounding location in emergency circumstances.
The mobile phone includes audio technology that optimizes the frequency array based upon a user’s age, making it much easier to hear the voice of the individual on the various other end of the call. An additional user-friendly audio function reduces the speech of callers who speak quickly without decreasing the pitch of their voice or altering the length of the chat. These and various other cutting-edge features are presently in use in the Fujitsu Raku-Raku Phone series for elders, which has been offered by NTT DOCOMO since 2001 in Japan where it has actually sold over 20 million units.
” The senior consumers within our client base are just as hungry for smartphone modern technology and mobile web services as anybody else. We are delighted to be collaborating with Fujitsu to leverage our incorporated strengths to offer products for an emerging smartphone market segment in Europe,” stated Yves Maitre, Senior citizen Vice Head of state of Gadget & Mobile Multimedia, France Telecom-Orange.
” As Fujitsu’s first extensive entry into the smartphone market outside Japan, we are pleased that Orange– a company that holds a sturdy position in the European market– will be providing our phone, which features Fujitsu-exclusive human-centric technologies,” said Nobuo Otani, Corporate Senior Vice President, Fujitsu Limited. “We are committed to the success of this collaboration as we strive to expand our smartphone business overseas, while advancing the promotion of Japanese innovation worldwide.”
The STYLISTIC S01 will be on display at the Fujitsu stand (Hall 5 Stand 5E120) and can likewise be seen upon request at the Orange stand (Hall 5 Stand 5H110) throughout Mobile World Congress 2013, to be held in Barcelona, Spain starting February 25, 2013.
STYLISTIC S01 Product Specifications
· 130 x 64 x 10.9 mm
· 4-inch WVGA (800 × 480) touchscreen with one-of-a-kind tactile feedback innovation
· Camera: back 8.1 MP; front: 0.3 MP
· Connectivity: GSM/GPRS/EDGE / UMTS/HSPA, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, GPS
· Memory: 4 GB + microSD
· OS version: Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0
· Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8255 1.4 GHz
· Battery: 1800 mAh
· Water – and dust-resistant (IPX5/8, IP5X)
Glossary and Notes
1. Orange Cineday
Allows Orange customers to take a buddy to see a motion picture every Tuesday for free of cost.
2. Orange et Moi
A cost-free application allowing Orange customers to comprehend and handle all their account details directly from their mobile in an effective and easy manner. Consumers can track their usage, top up their account, apply for options, discover about special deals, access Orange aid, and likewise discover all the applications published by Orange with just one click.
Fujitsu just announced a smartphone partnership with Orange Telecom, with its first handset to launch on the French carrier this June. The Stylistic S01 will run Android 4.0 and offer GSM and HSPA compatibility through Orange, and it’s targeted specifically at elderly users. As such, it will include many of the same features available on Fujitsu’s Raku-Raku series of senior-friendly phones available on NTT DoCoMo. For instance, the phone will have tactile virtual buttons that mimic the experience of pushing actual hardware keys, oversized icons and audio technology that optimizes the frequency range according to the user’s age. Other specs include a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor, an 8.1-megapixel camera, a 0.3-MP front-facing shooter and 4GB of internal storage (expandable by microSD card). There’s no pricing info yet, but we’re bound to have more details after getting a hands-on look at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this coming week.
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Microsoft has bet the farm on Windows 8 and its new modern-style interface, but it seems that not everyone is ready to get on board with the tiles and colors just yet. Earlier reports had claimed that demand for Windows 8 hasn’t lived up to Microsoft’s own internal expectations, and now Fujitsu, an important partner for Microsoft, is blaming its poor PC sales performance on the lack of interest in Windows 8. According to a report from Bloomberg, Fujitsu president Masami Yamamoto pointed to the “weak” demand for Windows 8 as a reason why Fujitsu won’t make its shipment target for new computers in 2012. Microsoft apparently pointed the finger at manufacturers in its own internal reports, but now manufacturers are turning the blame right…
We laid our hands on Fujitsu’s quad-core prototype at the start of the year, it now looks like the phone’s now ready to show itself outside the confines of a perspex box. Wielding a Tegra 3 chipset, there’s still no official name for the incoming handset, but we’re promised admirable battery life and those increasingly typical (for Japan, at least) water resistant credentials. We’ve also been told that this will be close to — if not the — final model of the handset, so we should get to test out that fingerprint sensor in person. Sure, it’s not the only quad-core device we’re expecting to see at MWC, but we’ll welcome it with open arms — if it does make the journey outside of Japan.
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We heard that Fujitsu was planning to launch at least one Arrows tablet in Europe a while back, and it looks to be part of a full-scale offensive on the continent. The company will indeed be releasing a range of smartphones and tablets on both Android and Windows platforms this year, according to a report in the Financial Times, and will likely show off products at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2012. Note that it’s not necessarily Windows Phone we’re talking about here — Fujitsu does make Windows Phones in Japan, like the IS12T we saw at CES, but it’s also made bizarre devices such as the F-07C, a smartphone that dual-boots Symbian and Windows 7. While we’re not sure it’ll pull that trick again, Microsoft’s next desktop OS is…
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Fujitsu is set to launch a tablet and keyboard combo to rival the Eee Pad Transformer and Lenovo S2 later this year, as shown in a roadmap it revealed in a press conference held yesterday. The detatchable slate has been given a September 2012 release date, but besides that other details are non-existent for now: the operating system, pricing, specs, and availability have all been kept under wraps.
The company’s working on new products in a number of other areas too. The slide shows that it has plans for a “mainstream Android media tablet” come June, which could well be a reference to the Fujitsu M532 which was originally slated for release in May. There’s also a tablet running Windows 8 (with its instantly recognizable Metro UI) which is…