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May 22 2015

Work Smarter with Fujitsu 2 in 1 Devices

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Market research and customer feedback we hear about at Fujitsu events and in customer workshops indicate that more and more organizations are willing to roll out 2 in 1 devices. That's only logical, since these tablet/notebook hybrids seem to offer a near-perfect mixture of mobility and productivity. Still IT departments oftentimes stop short of actual deployments, because devices they evaluate are less fit for productive use than they ought to be. Fujitsu's 2 in 1s are different – one could call them productive by design.

Until the late 1990s, the idea of a mobile enterprise was usually considered hype. Despite mobile phones, PDAs and laptops already being in widespread use, even hardboiled IT experts didn't foresee the reality of an increasingly mobile workforce that's available almost 24/7, working in global teams and settings. Today, even small shops refrain from keeping traditional office hours and open up nonstop service slots for ordering, customer complaints or helpdesks. Consequently, employees have to be able to work with their company's data and IT resources from anywhere, at all times – regardless of whether they're at the office, on a plane, with a customer or in front of their TV trying to watch "House of Cards." Here's where so-called 2 in 1s come into play: being just as much of an everyday companion as a standard tablet, they can be turned into full-fledged notebooks with a few simple steps, enabling users to switch to productivity mode at a moment's notice.

Or at least that's how they are supposed to work. In reality, however, too many 2 in 1s can't deliver on their promise. The reasons are manifold: sometimes the hardware isn't powerful enough to handle Windows and/or the Microsoft Office productivity suite. Sometimes the "few simple steps" turn out to be less simple than imagined, for instance if a user has to go grab the attachable keyboard or cradle. Sometimes the batteries won't last a full workday or the security features are too weak. Sometimes a device doesn't integrate well with existing Windows environments. And sometimes, all of the above apply.

Different by Design
Fujitsu's family of 2 in 1 devices was explicitly designed for productive use and therefore tackles all the issues at hand. Marketed under the LIFEBOOK and STYLISTIC brands, they combine powerful hardware, superb Windows integration, maximum connectivity, and excellent security and connectivity into packages that fit with almost any kind of scenario or environment. What's more, they also align well with users' personal work styles, which typically reflect previous experiences and thus two different concepts of handling a device. For those who prefer a more conventional, PC-oriented approach, we offer 'classic' 2 in 1s (formerly called convertibles) whose displays can be flipped over to turn them into a tablet, namely the LIFEBOOK T935 and T725. By contrast, the fast-growing group of tablet fans will prefer a device that works autonomously and only adds components – such as keyboards, cradles or second batteries – when they are needed to enhance productivity or extend runtime. Our STYLISTIC Q555, Q584 Black Edition, and Q775 tablets were designed with these users in mind.

To achieve this, we had to break with a few cherished traditions – namely the notion that you can't build energy-efficient mobile devices around x86 processors. Here's where Fujitsu's current 2 in 1 devices differ from previous generations and the competition:

  • Performance: All models are equipped with either 5th or 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors or BayTrail™ SoCs. Moreover, they support up to 12 GB of DDR3 main memory, and 8 GB on average – products from other vendors sometimes max out at 4 GB. The combination of most recent Intel CPU technologies and potent RAM lays a solid foundation for the use of Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems as well as the latest Microsoft Office editions. Internal storage capacities range from 64 to 512 GB, covering a wide array of usage scenarios from input device to desktop replacement.
  • Battery runtimes: Fujitsu 2 in 1 devices typically run for 10 hours without charging, leaving enough headroom to get comfortably through a regular workday. Models with second battery units may last between 14 and 29 hours, depending on the apps in use.
  • Connectivity: All models support WiFi/WLAN and Bluetooth as well as mobile Internet connections via 4G/LTE or 3G/UMTS with GPS (optionally). Some devices also allow for data transfers via NFC. As a result, users may log into their company networks from literally anywhere.
  • Display quality/viewing experience: Our 2 in 1 devices are available in three screen sizes – 10.1, 12.5 and 13.3 inch – whereas resolutions range from HD to WQHD, most models offer Full HD. In addition, they all connect to an external monitor directly from the device and even 2 or more external displays via HDMI, VGA, DVI or DisplayPort via optional cradles; here, Full HD is the standard resolution.
  • Security: Every Fujitsu 2 in 1 is equipped with a comprehensive set of hardware- and software-based protection mechanisms, for example Kensington Locks for physical security, Pre-boot and multi-factor authentication, TPMs, and software to track down lost or stolen devices. The STYLISTIC Q775 even offers an option for a palm vein sensor, the most secure authentication method.
  • Windows integration: Fujitsu 2 in 1 devices support Microsoft Windows 7 or 8.1; all come with the 64-bit professional editions pre-installed.
  • Extra features: Beyond their already rich feature set, our top-of-the-line models include several enhancements that make working with them just a notch more comfortable, as you will see in the example below.

FUJITSU Tablet LIFEBOOK T935
The LIFEBOOK T935 (pictured at the top) is Fujitsu's 'flagship 2 in 1' and combines ultimate mobility with a stable, smooth working experience known from high-end subnotebooks and business laptops. Designed for demanding professionals with new dynamic work styles, it blends desktop-like performance with tablet endurance and elegant looks: with its ultra-thin, durable aluminum housing with magnesium lid, 17.1 mm height, and superlight weight of just 1.6 kilograms (3.23 lbs.), it's the perfect travel companion that switches from notebook to tablet mode and back at a single flip of its rotatable display. Essentially a crossover between an Ultrabook™ and a tablet, the T935 comprises these main components and features:

  • Up to 8 GB of DDR3 LRAM running at 1,600 MHz
  • 2.5 inch, 6 Gbit/s SATA SSDs with 128, 256 or 512 GB storage capacity and optional self-encryption; alternatively, 2.5 inch SSHDs with 320 or 500 GB capacity (SSD: 8 GB) and S.M.A.R.T. features
  • User-exchangeable battery with 11 hours of runtime and Rapid Charge functionality (80% in 1 hour or 100% in 120 minutes)
  • 13.3 inch (33.8 cm), IGZO touch display with 16:9 aspect ratio, WQHD resolution (2560x1440 pixels), 1,000:1 contrast ratio, and 350 cd/m² luminance; alternatively, a Full HD display
  • WLAN, Bluetooth, optional 4G/LTE or 3G/UMTS modules
  • Integrated SmartCard reader, Kensington Lock support, embedded fingerprint sensor (optional), TPM (optional), Computrace Advanced Theft Protection software
  • Interfaces: DC-in, audio-in/-out, microphones, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet, memory card and SIM card slots (internal); DisplayPort, DVI, VGA plus extra USB 3.0 and Ethernet connectors (via optional Port Replicator)
  • 3 Display Support, dual digitizer for audit-proof touch and pen input (e.g. for taking notes, filling out forms), backlit keyboard
  • Support for Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit and Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and Microsoft Office
  • Centralized configuration, monitoring, security management and maintenance thanks to DeskView support
  • Support for wireless connections to external monitors and USB peripherals thanks to Intel® Pro Wireless Display and Intel® Wireless Docking (requires vPro processors)

Conclusion
With their potent hardware and comprehensive feature sets, Fujitsu's 2 in 1 devices provide a viable mobile alternative for customers seeking to replace their fleet of standard business notebooks. The top-of-the-line FUJITSU Tablet LIFEBOOK T935 may easily replace a desktop.

Markus Seifart

 

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Markus Seifart

Product Marketing Manager Mobility, VDI Solutions and Competitive Product Analysis Workplace Systems at Fujitsu Technology Solutions

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