ARROWS Tab Q335: Fujitsu announces new 8-inch tablet based on Intel’s Atom

In Japan, Fujitsu sells a separate series of tablet PCs called ARROWS Tab. Those tablets are usually different from the international models but some of them are later sold in other parts of the world.

This time, Fujitsu announced a new tablet which will be sold worldwide in stages.

The Fujitsu ARROWS Tab Q335/K

The Fujitsu ARROWS Tab Q335/K

So far there aren’t a lot of details about the 8-inch tablet. But some specs are already known.

The heart of the new Arrows Tab is the Intel® Atom™ processor Z3735F which has 4 cores with 1.33 GHz per core. The tablet weighs less than 400 grams and is 9.9mm thick. According to Fujitsu you can hold the tablet in one hand.

As for the operating system, the tablet is supposed to run Windows 8.1 Pro. It also supports the Microsoft Office suite and therefore suits typical business needs.

The release date is set to October 2014 although the release will be staged in waves. This means that not every country will have the new Arrows Tab from the beginning. However, there are no details on that yet.

(Source: Fujitsu)

LIFEBOOK S904: Unboxing and first impressions

It’s been quiet for a very long time here but those times are over. FujitsuFans is back and our new test series starts with Fujitsu’s LIFEBOOK S904. I presented it months ago when I saw it first on Fujitsu Forum 2013.

The new LIFEBOOK S904

The new LIFEBOOK S904

Fujitsu sent me one of these to review it. The device has the following specifications:

Description
Value
Operating SystemWindows 8.1 64-bit
Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5-4200U processor, 3 MB, 1.6 GHz, up to 2.6 GHz
RAM8GB DDR3 1600 MHz (4GB module + 4GB onboard)
Hard disk driveSSHD 500GB (8GB SSD Cache) 5400rpm
Interfaces1 x DC-in
1 (combo port with Audio line-out) x Audio: line-in / microphone
1 x Audio: line-in / line-out
1 (combo port with Audio line-out) x Audio: line-out / headphone
2 (digital) x Internal microphones
3 (1 with Anytime USB Charge functionality) x USB 3.0 total
1 x VGA
1 x HDMI
1 x Ethernet (RJ-45)
1 x Docking connector for Port Replicator
1 x SmartCard slot
1 x Memory card slots
Display33.8 cm (13.3-inch), LED backlight, (WQHD), Glare IGZO touch display, magnesium, 2560 x 1440 pixel, 1000:1, 350 cd/m²
Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 4400

As always, the package is divided into two parts containing the device and several accessoires.

Box

The package of the S904

In my case the accessoires box contains several manuals, recovery dics and a port replicator / docking station.

The docking station

The docking station

The port replicator makes a very stable impression. It’s very essential if you work in a office. It let’s you connect a full set of display, keyboard and mouse to your LIFEBOOK while you can always take it out and work mobile.

The beautiful design of the S904

The beautiful design of the S904

As for the design, Fujitsu sticks to its usual guidline: nice to look but not overloaded. People don’t want an ugly device but also not an extremely fancy one. The S904 is very elegant but still has nice details.

Regarding the ports, Fujitsu uses its standard set as you can see on the following pictures.

The front of the S904

The front of the S904

The right side

The right side

And a view on the left side

And a view on the left side

It’s good to see that Fujitsu placed the storage card bay in the front which makes it accessible way easier.

Some of you may already have noticed it: the S904 is no Ultrabook. That has one basic reason. Although it uses excellent Ultrabook hardware, it’s battery is too thick. It’s still pretty thin and essential for the runtime of 24 hours but since the Ultrabook specifications are very tight you can’t call the S904 an Ultrabook.

Anyway, that doesn’t really bother if you need the battery runtime since the battery’s thickness is still okay.

The keyboard of the S904

The keyboard of the S904

The keyboard is pretty flat but still comfortable to type on. However, I can imagine that some people may need to adjust to a new experience since the feedback of this keyboard is limited by design.

Touchpad

The touchpad is a big plus. It’s pretty big and clearly structured making it easy to use.

The fingerprint reader

The fingerprint reader

And as always with Fujitsu’s business devices: the fingerprint reader. Essential for everyone who needs comfort and security and fast ways to log into the laptop.

All in all, the S904 makes a very solid impression to me. Although the battery is pretty thick, it’s not too thick. The weight is surprisingly low (1.5kg) and you can easily transport the S904 if you want to work mobile.

In our next post, FujitsuFans will set up the S904 and review its performance and workflow compatibility. Stay tuned and follow us to get the newest updates!

Support FujitsuFans at Master Your Business and win a night at a Marriott hotel

As some of you already know, I’m part of Fujitsu’s Master Your Business program as a Silver Insider. Therefore I’m currently reviewing several aspects of the new ESPRIMO Q920 but did you know that you can win, too?

Join Master Your Business and win a night at a Marriott hotel!

Join Master Your Business and win a night at a Marriott hotel!

Just head over to Master-Your-Business and register yourself over there. After you have done that, you can interact with other and us insiders. You can also support me by liking, commenting or sharing my or articles:

Stay tuned for more articles and don’t forget to be active on Master Your Business to collect badges and maybe win a night at a beautiful hotel!

Meet Wilfried Frewert for a look behind the scenes of Fujitsu Forum

Every year, Fujitsu hosts the Fujitsu Forum in Munich wich is basically the biggest IT event for experts in Europe. Filled with a lot of keynotes, breakout session and expert talks, many topic of modern IT are discussed.

fforum2013

But who is behind all this? How do you organize such a big event and who comes to the Forum? I asked Wilfried Frewert to get some answers. But first of all, let’s meet him.

IMG_0779Wilfried is Head of Marketing Corporate Events, International Business Marketing Events at Fujitsu and responsible for events like the Fujitsu Forum. He coordinates a team of people to plan whole events and make sure that everything goes as planned. Wilfried was so nice take some time and answer me some interesting questions about the event.

Questions are written in bold, Wilfried’s answers are marked Italic. The Interview was organized by Daniel Klaus (more about him here), thank you very much!

Why does Fujitsu hold the Fujitsu Forum annually?

The Fujitsu Forum is one of the most important events in the ICT industry. In cooperation with its partners, Fujitsu has held this event in Munich since 2009 and invites customers and partners from all over the world. Together with the Fujitsu Forum in Tokyo – Japan, annually held in May, these are Fujitsu’s two flagship events and are important milestones in the calendars for partners, customers and industry decision makers. In fact, this year’s Fujitsu Forum dates are already fixed – Fujitsu Forum 2014 Tokyo will take place from May 14th to May 16th and Fujitsu Forum 2014 Munich will be held from November 19th to November 20th. More information is available here.

Who are you reaching out to? Who attends the Forum in Munich?

In 2013 more than 11,000 visitors from 81 countries around the world attended the event. Attendees were Fujitsu’s customers, partners, journalists, industry analysts, and of course our employees. Once again, the Fujitsu Forum 2013 Munich has proven to be THE event in the ICT industry.

Fujitsu Forum 2013

Fujitsu Forum 2013

What makes Fujitsu Forum outstanding?

The annual Fujitsu Forum has proven to be one of the events in the ICT industry, where the industry sets trends for the future and discusses the latest developments in the ICT market. Fujitsu Forum offers the unique opportunity to discover the whole ICT world, not only focusing on Fujitsu, but also providing a great platform for our customers and partners to showcase their solutions. In addition, the mix between Keynotes and Breakout Sessions, the exciting exhibition and a unique entertainment program, make Fujitsu Forum an ideal place for business as well as networking. Last year we had 4,500 attendees at the Fujitsu Forum Oktoberfest event in Munich.

What are the main challenges in planning such an event?

Planning such an important event is a major project and of course a big investment. The core planning team faces new challenges every day. If we would have to highlight one major challenge, it would be to sustain or even surpass the success of last year’s Forum and to once again meet our customer’s expectations.

The yellow taxi standing in the exhibition hall.

The yellow taxi standing in the exhibition hall.

Why did you choose Munich?

There are many reasons to choose Munich. On the one hand, Munich is one of Fujitsu’s main sites, and on the other hand, the  location so close to our factory in Augsburg allows our customers and other attendees to participate in a Factory Tour. In addition, the International Congress Center Munich (ICM), is one of the best venues in Europe to host an event on such a scale. Munich also provides good infrastructure and transportation.  

Can you give us some figures?

We held six keynotes, 3,500 visitors attended the main keynote (+ more than 5,000 live-streams), there were 54 breakout sessions, 350 exhibits, more than 11,000 visitors from 81 countries and 4,500 attendees at the Fujitsu Oktoberfest event. Overall, attendees consumed 4,900 roasted half-chickens, 7,350 litters of Bavarian beer, 37.026 cups of coffee and 12,000 pretzels.

The Oktoberfest at the Fujitsu Forum 2013

The Oktoberfest at the Fujitsu Forum 2013

When do you start planning Fujitsu Forum 2014 in Munich?

The strategic planning already began in January 2014, and the core project team is starting its work in May 2014.

How many visitors did you have at the Forum in Munich over the last couple of years?

On average we host approximately 11,000 visitors every year.

How is the general feedback about the Forum?

The feedback from visitors on site was tremendous. Partners, customers and colleagues are already looking forward to Forum 2014. The results of our satisfaction survey back up this impressive number: we scored 8.5 out of 10 in overall satisfaction – but of course we will try to trump that next time!

Thank you, Wilfried.

Master Your Business with the new ESPRIMO Q920

It’s time again for LIFEBOOK4Life and therefore for me to show you a new product of Fujitsu’s portfolio.

The new ESPRIMO Q920

The new ESPRIMO Q920

Fujitsu sent me a new package and instead of making a long Unboxing video, a short Instagram will do it this time.

The ESPRIMO Q920 is one Fujitsu’s energy-efficient PCs which can be for example used in the office or for tasks which don’t need a lot of ressources. You can choose between different configurations:

Description
Value
Operating SystemWindows 8 Pro
Windows 8
Windows® 7 Professional 64-bit
Windows® 7 Professional 32-bit
MainboardD3233 (proprietary )
ChipsetIntel® Q87
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7-4765T processor, 8 MB, 2.00 GHz, up to 3.0 GHz
Intel® Core™ i5-4570T processor, 4 MB, 2.90 GHz, up to 3.6 GHz
Intel® Core™ i3-4130T processor, 3 MB, 2.90 GHz
Intel® Pentium® processor G3220T, 3 MB, 2.60 GHz
Supported RAM (max.)16 GB, 2 Memory slot(s) SO DIMM (DDR3, 1600 MHz), Dual channel support. For dual channel performance, a minimum of 2 memory modules have to be ordered. Capacity per channel has to be the same
Serial ATA2 x SATA: Serial ATA II (3 Gbit), Serial ATA III (6 Gbit), NCQ, AHCI, Intel® Smart Response Technology (depending on CPU)
Drives (optional)BD Triple Writer SATA Slot-in slim, SATA
DVD Super Multi Slot-in slim, SATA
Hard disk driveHDD SATA II, 5400 rpm, 320 GB, 2.5-inch
HDD SATA II, 5400 rpm, 500 GB, 2.5-inch
HDD SATA II, 5400 rpm, 750 GB, 2.5-inch
HDD SATA II, 5400 rpm, 1000 GB, 2.5-inch
HDD SATA II, 7200 rpm, 320 GB, 2.5-inch
HDD SATA II, 7200 rpm, 500 GB, 2.5-inch
mSATA, 32 GB
SSD SATA III, 128 GB, 2.5-inch
SSD SATA III, 128 GB, 2.5-inch, SED
SSD SATA III, 256 GB, 2.5-inch
SSD SATA III Premium, 128 GB, 2.5-inch
SSD SATA III Premium, 256 GB, 2.5-inch
SSHD SATA III, 5400 rpm, 500 GB, 2.5-inch
Drive bay 1 x 5.25-inch external bay
Interfaces1 x Audio: line-in / microphone
1 x Audio: line-out / headphone
4 x USB 3.0 total
2 x USB 2.0 total
2x 3.0 x USB front
2x 2.0 and 2x 3.0 x USB rear
1 (via DVI to VGA adapter, part of shipment) x VGA
1 x Ethernet (RJ-45)
1 x Kensington Lock support
1 (SD, MMC) x Multicardreader
1 (DVI-I) x DVI
1 x DisplayPort
Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 4600, up to 1782 MB

For more details, take a look at Fujitsu’s official webpage. So what’s inside the package? Let’s beginn with the accessoires.

Accessoires of the Q920

Accessoires of the Q920

There is some basic stuff like a mouse, recovery discs (yes, Fujitsu still offers those!), a power cable and a DVI to VGA adapter. You can also see a black plate there. Like I said, Fujitsu made this device for offices. You can also buy a compatible display and then install the Q920 on the back of the display. This plate is needed to do so.

The Q920 follows a simple design.

The front of the Q920

The front of the Q920

On the front, there is the power button, two USB 3.0-ports and a button to eject the DVD. It’s not easy to see the DVD drive immediately but it’s between the top and the red line. Scroll down for another picture where you see it better.

The back of the ESPRIMO Q920

The back of the ESPRIMO Q920

Almost all ports are on the back: DVI, DisplayPort, Ethernet, 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, Audio-out and Audio-In.

HDMI is missing, but can be connected via an adapter.

The front of the ESPRIMO Q920

The front of the ESPRIMO Q920

So far, I had no chance to test the device but a review will follow. Stay tuned and also keep track of Master Your Business, the main action will happen there!

Fujitsu develops mechanism for encrypted searching to enhance your privacy

2013 was no good year in the aspect of privacy. Intelligence services worldwide were exposed by documents indicating their spying activiities and hacking is still an important topic.

Fujitsu Labs in Japan developed an approach to cope with this problem.

Searching encrypted

Searching encrypted

Some of you may now think that this can’t be new. We live in 2014 and still don’t have ways to search encrypted? According to Fujitsu previous methods are not reliable:

There are already a number of methods for searching data in an encrypted state, but these rely on pre-registering searchable keywords, and do not allow for freeform searching. These searches face certain implementation problems as well. As search results are unencrypted, this creates the potential for unwanted disclosure on the search engine. In addition, the search process is time-consuming.

Fujitsu’s new design, however, allows freeform search while the process itself is completely encrypted and the search results are transported encrypted, too.

If you are more interested in the details, take a look at the official press release!

Fujitsu launches new Business-smartphone next month

As you may remember, Fujitsu also sells smartphones. However, you can only get them in Japan so far. Yesterday, the company announced a new model for business customers: the F-04F.

The new F-04F by Fujitsu

The new F-04F by Fujitsu

The F-04F aims to meet the typical demands, business customers have. It for example uses a power-saving “WhiteMagic”-display which extends the battery runtime. Fujitsu itself says, that the battery can run up to 3 days.

A special Telephone interface highlights frequent phone and E-Mail contacts. Other security features are a fingerprint sensor, microSD-encryption and the possibility to deactivate app sources like Google Play. The operating system is Android.

Software features like Microsoft Exchange-support and voice enhancers for loud environments as well as call recording are onboard and promise to help customers.

The phone is also water- und dustproof based on the IPX5/8 and IP5X standard.

Fujitsu cooperates with Japanese provider NTT-DoCoMo to launch the device on January 6th in 2014. A launch in other countries is not to be expected.

(via Fujitsu, thx!)

STYLISTIC Q584 now available in the US, starting at 879$

It’s been a long wait for many people who waited for the Q584 but Fujitsu finally put up the device for sale.

The STYLISTIC Q584

The STYLISTIC Q584

The Q584 has a display size of 10.1 inches and is based on Intel’s newest Atom BayTrail SoC which delivers good performance and promises a satisfying battery runtime.

The base price with a standard configuration is 879USD. However, customers can customize the device to meet their individual needs.

The Q584 can be directly ordered at Fujitsu’s website.

How Fujitsu’s shell-concept for tablet-PCs works

In some of my earlier articles, I shortly wrote about Fujitsu’s shell-concept without going deeper. This is why I want to shortly describe this to you today.

The Q584 on its cradle

The Q584 on its cradle

Fujitsu presented two new tablet-PCs this fall: the STYLSTIC Q704 and Q584. Both tablets can be ordered with three different shells.

That allows you to even more individualize your tablet-PC.

The default shell is water- and dustproof and will be shipped if no other shell is selected. It’s pretty stable and should be used by the variety of users.

Another option is to order the “SmartCard-Shell.” This shell comes with a SmartCard-reader and VESA-Bearings, but is not water- and dustproof. VESA-Bearings can be used to mount a glove on the back for example. This is very useful in industrial areas.

The last option is a mix of the previous ones. It doesn’t contain a SmartCard-reader but has VESA-Bearings. It’s also water- and dustproof.

Ordering another shell may cost more and should therefore only be considered if explicitely needed.

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