Yesterday, I shortly announced something new for today and there it is: the Fujitsu STYLISTIC V535. Fujitsu just announced and showed this device at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona and I already hat the chance to take close look on it. However, please be aware that I was only provided a prototype device which is also running on a prototype image.
The V535 is clearly direct towards multiple industries since it’s built for rough environments. It’s water- and dustproof and therefore especially useful when it comes to logistics or manufacturing for example.
Before we unbox and shortly review the tablet, we start with a short look on technical specifications of the device I reviewed. A full list of available configurations can be found in the datasheet.
The CPU is Intel’s Atom Z3795 which provides up to 2.39 GHz of power. 4GB DDR3-RAM and 60GB flash storage support the tablet running Windows 8.1 64bit.
The 8.3-inch display is based on an IPS panel and provides strong and beautiful colors and the screen resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels is very good for such a small display.
The STYLISTIC V535 primarily meets the needs of different branches including transportation, logistics, manufacturing, healthcare and retail. Especially mobile users in those scenarios need a light weight device which doesn’t have to be treated like glass all the time. The front and the 8.3-inch display are protected by the famous Croning Gorilla Glass 3 making it dust- and water-proof. It’s rugged back ensure stability and makes the tablet drop-resitant from up to 1.8metres. The multi-touch display also offers data entry with gloves which is a key feature for healthcare for example.
As for the connectivity, the V535 can be ordered with 4G/LTE, Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, GPS and even GLONASS. The battery runtime is supposed to be about 8 hours and security features are TPM and support for Windows 8.1-specific security tools.
According to Fujitsu, the V535 meets the IP65 requirements for being dust- and water-proof and can be disenfected with typical IPA-solutions.
For the V535, Fujitsu also offers the Smart Shell conecpt making the back of the tablet exchangeable. in retail for example, the V535 can be ordered with a magnet card reader or support for cards with chips & PINs making the use ePayment solutions possible.
My package contained the tablet itself and docking station which is also provided by Fujitsu for comfortable use in the office.
The V535 is charged via USB. A power cable is provided by Fujitsu, too.
The back clearly shows the battery and Webcam.
On the bottom, the tablet provides a docking port which is protected by a flap.
On the right side, all ports are located. These are USB 2.0, microSD, charging and headphones. Again, those ports are protected by a flap.
On the top, the V535 has a power and volume buttons.
As written earlier, Fujitsu also provides a docking station which is essential for working with the device in the office. The docking station also comes with its own power cable.
The cool thing about having the ports on the right side of the V535 is that the docking station brings additional ports to the tablets which enhances the number of USB ports and allows connectivity via Ethernet.
Like I said earlier, the device itself is still a prototype which means that the design is final but things can (and surely will) be different in terms of hardware or software.
Overall, the device makes a very good impression. It feels extremely stable and I even dropped it (by accident of course) without any consequences. Due to limited availability, I can’t really go further into dropping but having touched the device, it feels like the 1.8m maximum drop height seem realistic.
The Windows button is touch only which means that you need just to press it softly. This is a cool feature but also bears the risk that users touch it by accident which will happen often enough, I think. Maybe, an easy to press but still visibly distinct button would have been better here. However, this is just a detail and something, the user will learn after 10 minutes of use.
Also the number of ports is pretty low. The device is specialized for branches which probably won’t even use the ports and therefore the solution with the docking station is an acceptable solution.
The performance of the device is pretty good. I still have an unfinished image running on the device which I can feel. It’s still a little bit laggy but not in terms of slow programs. It’s more in graphical terms meaning that flows aren’t completely smooth yet. However, I think that Fujitsu sorts this out in the final image since it looks more like a software thing.
The display resolution of 1920 x 1200px is technically a good thing but also means that Windows has to be resized to be properly usable. For applications which aren’t ready yet, this may result in problems. However, in my experience, there was only one program which had issues with that.
Since Fujitsu built in an IPS panel in the V535, the display offers a great and vivid range of colors. This allows a high level of brightness which is very useful when working in sunny environments.
The Intel Atom CPU is a clear signal by Fujitsu that the V535 is not about high performance only but also tries to combine slim design and a long battery runtime. For people, who need extremely high peformance, this tablet is obviously the wrong choice. However, if you search for a great trade-off between performance, battery runtime and mobility, the V535 matches a good equilibrium.
To give you the possibility to experience this device a little bit, I created a short video where I share my first impressions and perform some basic workflows with the device.
All in all, the V535 is a tablet which clearly focusses on its target group. It provides enough power for normal applications while ensuring mobility and enough battery runtime. In my review, the protoype had some weak spots regarding the smoothness and performance. However, Fujitsu clearly stated that this image and hardware is still a prototype and things like this may occur. I hope and am pretty sure that Fujitsu addressed this issues in the final version.
If you have any questions regarding, the Fujitsu STYLISTIC V535, please write a comment or send me a message via the contact form. To find out more about the device on Fujitsu’s site, please click here.
Disclaimer: This device was provided me by Fujitsu for this review. I will send it back after the review. The content was not influenced by Fujitsu in any way and completely reflects my opinion and experiences.