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Mar 23 2017

Multi-mode Productivity Finds 2-in-1: FUJITSU Tablet LIFEBOOK P727

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For a brief period in the early 2010s, tablet computers looked like they were set to revolutionize the office workplace: lightweight end equipped with intuitive GUIs, they appeared like a dream come true for advocates of mobile computing in a responsive and agile enterprise. However, several product generations later it's still not easy to find devices that are fit for productive use and will get their owners through a full workday. Fujitsu's new LIFEBOOK P727 closes that gap.

Since Apple revived the device class some seven years ago, usage statistics for tablets have pointed continually upward – according to eMarketer estimates, the number of tablet users worldwide hit the 1 billion mark in 2015 and has since grown by another 15%. That means there are now roughly twice as many people tapping on or swiping across sizable touchscreens as in 2013. Still, these massive gains in popularity and device market share mainly show that tablets have a huge 'consumer appeal.' IT departments on the other hand used to be rather skeptical; they worried that the 'new' devices would only offer limited performance and pose a serious challenge to data protection and security.

In the past four to five years, though, that skepticism has waned, for various reasons. One is that more and more companies, large and small, seek to benefit from the advantages cloud computing brings in terms of flexibility, scalability and processing power. Another one, and probably even more important, is that IT departments have learned to set up security-aware mobile device management policies and build solutions that protect confidential information without rendering the endpoints unusable. As a result, workforces can now use a fresh class of powerful, ultra-mobile enterprise tablet computers that support many distinct work styles and thus unlock new levels of productivity. In 2012, Fujitsu was among the first ICT vendors to offer this kind of gear, and we have continually expanded our portfolio ever since. The FUJITSU Tablet LIFEBOOK P727 (pictured above), a 2-in-1 device introduced in mid-January, is our latest addition to the roster, designed to work as a PC when users are at the office and a tablet when they are on the go. In other words, it could play a pivotal role in reshaping office workplaces and effecting the oft-touted digital transformation of the enterprise.

Powerful Hard- and Software
To achieve this goal, the LIFEBOOK P727 relies on extremely capable hardware: users can choose between four different 7th-generation Intel® Core™ processors running at clock speeds between 2.4 and 3.9 GHz that can be supported by up to 16 GB of DDR4 main memory. In addition, the device may be equipped with three types of SATA III SSDs that offer up to 512 GB of storage capacity and serve as self-encrypting drives that comply with the Trusted Computing Group's OPAL standard. Finally, to ensure the best possible connectivity our new 2-in-1 may be equipped with 3G/4G or WLAN modules. The potent hardware is accompanied by matching software, as each LIFEBOOK P727 supports Microsoft's cloud- and mobile-friendly Windows 10 Pro operating system and comes with Redmond's Office Suite pre-installed alongside the required drivers, utilities, and management tools. In short, the LIFEBOOK P727 packs the power of a desktop PC into a 2-in-1 device.

New and Enhanced Features
With its desktop-class interior, the LIFEBOOK P727 is already a highly attractive device. Unfortunately, "highly attractive" isn't the same as "truly compelling," and the above hard- and software specs will not automatically render it useful in today's mobile enterprise scenarios. This may at first sound sobering, but the good news is that our developers and product designers did come up with a feature mix that set the new model apart from the competition:

  • Multi-mode usage functionality – the LIFEBOOK P727 is our first 360° foldable 2-in-1 that will seamlessly adapt to one of four so-called functional working modes. That means, users can go from tablet to laptop to stand to tent mode as they see fit, depending on their environment and the tasks at hand, regardless of whether they're creating or consuming content.
  • Superior security – the LIFEBOOK P727 is the only 2-in-1 of its class to support Fujitsu's unique PalmSecure™ technology, a biometric authentication solution that offers more precision than fingerprints or iris scans, but is less susceptible to forgery and more convenient to use. All a user has to do is hold a hand above a sensor that scans the palm for vein patterns with near-infrared light; the pattern is then compared to a template stored on a SmartCard and in case of a match, access to the device and data is granted. For more details, please see our PalmSecure™ microsite. In addition, the LIFEBOOK P727 also works with 'classic' authentication technologies such as fingerprint sensors, SmartCard readers, etc.
  • Excellent viewing experience – each LIFEBOOK P727 comes with a 12.5-inch (31.8-cm) display with LED backlight whose characteristics may vary according to individual indoor or outdoor usage scenarios. Available options include HD and Full HD screen resolutions as well as glare and antiglare coating; luminance ranges from 220 cd/m2 in HD to 300 cd/m2 in FHD displays.
  • Enhanced support for natural workflows – like other 2-in-1s, the LIFEBOOK P727 supports keyboard, touch and pen input to accommodate every scenario mobile employees might encounter during their workdays. The difference here is that we've added an extra-sensitive digitizer that reacts to 2,048 different pressure levels, which not only makes the touchscreen more responsive, but also allows for much higher precision if it's used for drawing, signatures – or simply taking notes during a meeting.
  • Maximum portability through light weight – clocking in at 1.3 kg (just under 3 lbs.), our new 2-in-1 is much easier to carry around than most competing models, allowing users to reach new levels of mobility without compromising on connectivity: unlike more prominent rivals, the LIFEBOOK P727 offers a full set of ports and interfaces, including HDMI, VGA, and USB Type-A as well as USB Type-C.
  • Long runtimes and fast charging – users want a reliable device that doesn't suddenly shut down when they're halfway through (or worse, three quarters into) their working day. That's why the LIFEBOOK P727 is equipped with a battery that will keep it going for up to 10 hours – and can be recharged to reach a workable 80% load in less than 60 minutes.

Conclusion
The FUJITSU Tablet LIFEBOOK P727 was designed to help enterprises with a large mobile workforce solve the long-standing conflict of whether it's better to deploy laptops or tablets. Instead of leaning to one side, our developers figured that the optimum solution should simply be the best in its class and came up with a device that combines all the usability and conveniences of a tablet, such as multi-mode usage functionality and an extended runtime, with the superior performance and security business users demand. In other words, so-called benchmark models now have a new rival.

Michaela Olboeter

 

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Michaela Olboeter

Category Product Manager for Tablet PC, FUJITSU

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