Fujitsu Forum 2013: A close look at the LIFEBOOK U904

Fujitsu Forum 2013 is over, but reporting about it isn’t. I used the chance to get a close look on the new devices and provide you a load of information on every single one. Today we start with Fujitsu’s newest High-end Ultrabook: the LIFEBOOK U904.

The LIFEBOOK U904 as shown at the Fujitsu Forum 2013.

The LIFEBOOK U904 as shown at the Fujitsu Forum 2013.

First of all the basic specs. As always you can order multiple configurations, so this table shows all possible components.

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
Intel® Core™ i5-4300U processor, 3 MB, 1.9 GHz, up to 2.9 GHz
Intel® Core™ i7-4600U processor, 4 MB, 2.1 GHz, up to 3.3 GHz
Supported RAM (max.)10 GB, 1 Memory slot DIMM (DDR3L) – 1600 MHz
(2GB onboard + 8GB via DIMM slot)
Hard disk driveSSHD, 5400 rpm, 500 GB / 16 GB SSD Cache, 2.5-inch, S.M.A.R.T.
SSD SATA III, 128 GB, 2.5-inch
SSD SATA III, 256 GB, 2.5-inch
SSD SATA III FDE, 256 GB, 2.5-inch
SSD SATA III, 512 GB, 2.5-inch
Interfaces1 (combo port with Audio line-out) x Audio: line-in / microphone
1 (combo port with Audio line-in) x Audio: line-out / headphone
2 (digital) x Internal microphones
2 (1 with Anytime USB Charge functionality) x USB 3.0 total
1 x HDMI
1 (pull-out connector) x Ethernet (RJ-45)
1 x Docking connector for Port Replicator
1 x Kensington Lock support
1 x SIM card slot ( only for models with integrated 3G/UMTS or 4G/LTE module )
1 (SD up to 2GB, SDHC up to 32GB, SDXC up to 64GB) x Memory card slots
Display35.6 cm (14-inch), LED backlight, (WQHD+), Glare IGZO touch display, magnesium, 3200 x 1800 pixel, 1000:1, 360 cd/m²
35.6 cm (14-inch), LED backlight, (WQHD+), Anti-glare IGZO non-touch display, magnesium, 3200 x 1800 pixel, 1000:1, 400 cd/m²
Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 4400

 

Before we start with pictures, I asked Markus Seifart, Product Marketing Manager at Fujitsu, to show us some cool facts about the U904:

The U904 will be available in red and silver. However, I only saw the red version at the Forum.

A very big change was made in the display. It’s now based on an IGZO-panel providing you a resolution of 3.200 x 1.800 pixels. More details on IGZO are presented here. The screen is also a touch-screen.

The LIFEBOOK U904 will have an IGZO-display with a resolution of 3.200 x 1.800 pixel with touch

The LIFEBOOK U904 will have an IGZO-display with a resolution of 3.200 x 1.800 pixel with touch

One important improvement is a signifcant bigger touchpad which gives you a higher comfort while using it.

The touchpad of the LIFEBOOK U904

The touchpad of the LIFEBOOK U904

As done in the previous, Fujitsu only puts 2 physical buttons on the device: the power switch and the Eco-button. This is in my opinion a good decision since a lot of buttons won’t be used anyway.

The power- and Eco-button

The power- and Eco-button

Also the fingerprint-reader is pretty standardized at Fujitsu. It gives you a safe (of course not ultra-safe but as safe as a passwort) and comfortable way to logon to the device easily.

The fingerprint reader of the U904

The fingerprint reader of the U904

As always, the design of the Ultrabook only allows a limited number of interfaces. On the left side, there is an USB 3.0-port and an audio jack which can be used as Audio-in and Audio-out.

The left side of the U904

The left side of the U904

On the right side, there is an card-reader, an USB 3.0-port, a HDMI interface, a SIM slot and an Ethernet-port.

The right side of the U904

The right side of the U904

Some of you may now wonder where the promised Ethernet-port ist. Some of you may remember that for the U772 and UH572, Fujitsu only imported a special interface which still needed adapter. Since carrying additional stuff like an adapter with you isn’t really the idea of an Ultrabook. Therefore, Fujitsu implemented an Ethernet-port which can be pulled out if needed. This make an adapter obsolete and is in my opinion an awesome way to provide the port.

The Ethernet port of the LIFEBOOK U904

The Ethernet port of the LIFEBOOK U904

The LIFEBOOK U904 will have a battery runtime of up to 10 hours. The starting price is 1.499€ and shipping will begin within the next weeks and months.

The LIFEBOOK U904

The LIFEBOOK U904

More information on the LIFEBOOK U904 can be also found at Fujitsu’s website.

This article is the first in a row of product presentations from the Fujitsu Forum. Stay tuned to upcoming articles on other new amazing products! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter via E-Mail (in the right sidebar).

Fujitsu Forum 2013: Unified Communications with Lync

Communication has always been an important in companies. Bad communication can destroy your reputation or cost you money.

And difficult communication can make you angry. Also communication can be very expensive, if done wrong.

Not with Fujitsu. The company presented a solution at Fujitsu Forum based on Lync.

Timon & Lukas presenting Fujitsu's solution

Timon & Lukas presenting Fujitsu’s solution

I asked Timon & Lukas, both students at Fujitsu, to show us the system. You can share your desktop, interact in realtime and collaborate. But enough words already, check out the video below:

Especially fo businesses, this solution provides an all-in-one package to bundle multiple channels and make it easy to communicate.

Fujitsu Forum 2013: The beginnings

Today Fujitsu Forum 2013 officially opened its gates and welcomed visitors to the 2-day event.

Fujitsu Forum 2013

Fujitsu Forum 2013

So far, my agenda was fully packed and we had to start directly after arriving at the Forum.

The first breakout session, we visited, was held by Meinolf Althaus.

Meinolf Althaus talking about challenges in redesigning workplaces

Meinolf Althaus talking about challenges in redesigning workplaces

Meinolf described the situation many people face when it’s coming to their workplace: overcrowded desks, unclean working places and stress caused by searching for stuff.

Therefore he proposed Fujitsu’s approach to replace multiple devices by one.

The clean desk

The clean desk

Afterwards, we visited the official opening keynote which was held by three persons.

Masami Yamamoto opened the keynote with a video message in which he greeted us.

Masami Yamamoto opening the keynote

Masami Yamamoto opening the keynote

Afterwards Rod Vawdrey (President of Fujitsu International Business) took the stage and talked about modern challenges of IT and presented success stories.

The next part to check out is the exhibition. Until I did this, you can wonder why the taxi is standing in the middle of the hall. (Hint: I don’t know either, yet).

The yellow taxi standing in the exhibition hall.

The yellow taxi standing in the exhibition hall.

What you need to know about the Fujitsu Forum 2013

While Fujitsu Forum 2013 is coming closer and closer, this article is intended to give you the last preparations for my Fujitsu Forum 2013 news coverage.

This year's slogan: "Reshaping ICT, Reshaping Business and Society"

This year’s slogan: “Reshaping ICT, Reshaping Business and Society”

This year’s slogan clearly intends the ongoing transformation ICT is currently experiencing. And while ICT is revolutionized, real life aspects are involved, too. Businesses rely on software like never before and society is adapting more and more parts of modern IT.

The Forum consists of two important parts: the exhibition and the talks.

The exhibition is situated in a big hall and gives Fujitsu’s partners and Fujitsu itself the possibility to show off the newest developments.

The talks are seperated in keynotes, expert talks and breakout sessions. While the keynotes will be held in front of a big audience, the expert talks will happen in a way smaller circle of experts.

FujitsuFans will be live at the Forum and cover as much as possible for you. There will be hands-on videos on new devices and reports about new market developments.

So don’t forget to subscribe to our feeds to not miss any news! You can become a Facebook-Fan by liking this page or follow me on Twitter. New YouTube-videos will be posted here.

The official Twitter hashtag is #FujitsuForum. And if you want to follow Fujitsu’s official feed, follow this link to get all the information you need.

Prepare your visit to the Fujitsu Forum 2013 with the Agenda Builder

It’s only six days until Fujitsu Forum 2013 and everybody gets ready for two exciting days.

This year's slogan: "Reshaping ICT, Reshaping Business and Society"

This year’s slogan: “Reshaping ICT, Reshaping Business and Society”

But some may wonder about how to keep an overview on all talks. And everyone wants to make sure to not miss interesting talks.

Therefore, Fujitsu again provides the Agenda Builder for the Fujitsu Forum.

Use the Agenda Builder to make sure you don't miss anything!

Use the Agenda Builder to make sure you don’t miss anything!

As you can see on the screenshot, the Agenda Builder provides various filters and categories to find the expert talk, breakout session or keynote which fits your interests.

With one click you can take over the event into your personal agenda. And at the end you can print your summary to be well prepared.

So head over to the Agenda Builder now and get ready for Fujitsu Forum 2013!

Fujitsu makes its mainboards Windows 8.1-ready

Just a short news out of the mainboard-section which came short here lately.

With the launch of Windows 8.1 on October 17th, Fujitsu also updated the following mainboards to comply with the new features:

These mainboards are ready to run Windows 8.1 - Source: Fujitsu

These mainboards are ready to run Windows 8.1 – Source: Fujitsu

Windows 8.1 mainly brings pure software updates. However, to support basic boot features, mainboards have to be ready to run the operating system.

Additional to that, Fujitsu also announced the mass production of their newest industrial mainboard: the D3231-S.

The micro-ATX board runs on Intel’s Q87 Express chip supporting the newest Intel Haswell generation of CPUs.

This mainboard is part of the Industrial series meaning it’s ready to run 24/7 and is capable to run in temperatures between 0°C and 60°C.

The full details are available here.

FujitsuFans will cover the Fujitsu Forum 2013 live

Just a short but good news. I was just informed, that I will be able to cover the Fujitsu Forum 2013 live.

This year's slogan: "Reshaping ICT, Reshaping Business and Society"

This year’s slogan: “Reshaping ICT, Reshaping Business and Society”

This means that I will be in Munich on November 6th and 7th and show you the newest innovations and insights, which are offered at the Forum.

I also hope to get my hands on some of the new devices and deliver you new videos!

So keep connected to FujitsuFans via Facebook or Twitter to get all the information and updates. And if you have any questions or wishes, don’t forget to get in touch with me! Write a comment, send me a tweet or use the contact form and I will get back to you!

Fujitsu launches several new products in Japan

While yesterday’s product launch (four laptops and two tablet-PCs) affected the European market (which will be mainly covered by this blog) we should not forget to take a look over to Fujitsu’s other regions.

In Japan, Fujitsu launched a variety of tablets and laptops which are pretty similar to the European products.

The Arrows tab QH55 for example seems to be the equivalent to our STYLISTIC Q584 with the same technical specifications but an improved protection against dust and water.

Pictures: Fujitsu

Pictures: Fujitsu

But also the Q704 has its equivalent in Japan, called QH77. In Japan, Fujitsu puts emphasis on the fact that the tablet is waterproof since their first waterproof tablet was launched there.

The Arrows QH77/M with and without keyboard / Photo: Fujitsu

The Arrows QH77/M with and without keyboard / Photo: Fujitsu

As for the other products, Fujitsu also announced a new ESPRIMO PC which can transform to a touch interface if needed.

The ESPRIMO WH77/M / Photo: Fujitsu

The ESPRIMO WH77/M / Photo: Fujitsu

Fujitsu also launched new Ultrabooks which are pretty interesting but won’t reach the European market. For full details on all new Japanese products, check out the official press release.

But Fujitsu didn’t only launch equivalents in Japan, they also used the chance to release the same products as here. Since they were already described before (see the links in the first sentence of the article), I will only link to the official press release.

Fujitsu pursues a very interesting release strategy. Since their customers are mainly business customers, release one product won’t do the magic. In order to allow customizing and enough configurations, Fujitsu tends to release a big variety of products at one time.

What is IGZO?

Inspired by the product launch, Fujitsu had today, many peopled wondered what IGZO actually means.

I didn’t care to explain this topic until yet since IGZO didn’t really affect the European market. However, with todays product announcements, Fujitsu finally brought this technique to their European portfolio, too.

igzoBut what does IGZO mean and why is it an advantage over existing technologies?

Let’s start with the basics. IGZO is an abbreviation for “Indium gallium zinc oxide” which describes the four elements of which this material consists.

While a LCD display consits of multiple layers, one of them is made of amorphous silicon. This active layer is now replaced with IGZO which has two major advantages.

The first one is a higher reaction speed. The mobility of the IGZO layer is up to 50 times higher than the LCD technique shortening the “reaction time.” A term which you might have read or heard of.

Another advantage is the size improvment. IGZO allows higher resolutions since more pixels can be stored.

Sharp's company logo

Sharp’s company logo

While IGZO was already developed in 2004, Sharp was the company to acquire this technology and making it market-ready

On April 13, 2012, Sharp issued a press release announcing the first products with IGZO. The message also provides a table with techinal specifications.

Sample table

Sample table of Sharp’s IGZO panels / Table: Sharp

The pixel density is an important value since it describes how many pixel are concentrated at one point. A higher Pixel density is therefore better.

As you can see the Pixel density of the 10 inch display is signifcantly higher. This is because while the display size can grow up to 32 inches, the number of pixels is at some point limited. Still, at 32 inches, 140 ppi are a major improvement and provide a way better picture for the viewer.

In May 2013, Sharp issued another press release in which the company stated to produce more IGZO panels for Notebook-PCs in other sizes. Again a table compares the different sizes:

Sharp's table for the 2013 IGZO-panel series / Table: Sharp

Sharp’s table for the 2013 IGZO panel-series / Table: Sharp

Fujitsu uses the IGZO technology in their newest products with panels built by Sharp. Especially for tablet PCs, those panels are a big advantage and important feature.

The Ultrabook U904 for example has a display size of 14-inches which gives the panel an incredible Pixel density of 262 ppi. Although it may be hard to imagine for some of you, you will directly notice this improvement when seeing the display in action.

A review of the IGZO techonolgy will follow as soon as I get my hands on one of Fujitsu’s new products.

Fujitsu adds two new tablet-PCs to its portfolio

Let’s continue this launch day. Fujitsu already announced four new laptops including the Ultrabook U904 with a display capable of a resolution of 3.200 x 1.800 pixels.

newtabletsHowever, laptops aren’t the only new products today. Fujitsu also presented two new tablet PCs.

The STYLISTIC Q704 and STYLISTIC Q584 are both placed in Fujitsu’s Superior series and promise to meet professional demands.

STYLISTIC Q704

The Q704 is a huge new tablet. With huge, I mean its display size of 12,5 inches.

The STYLISTIC Q704 / Photo: Fujitsu

The STYLISTIC Q704 / Photo: Fujitsu

The Full HD-display does not only provide touch support, it also can be used with a pen. The tablet is powered by a Core i5 or i7 CPU and has 4G/LTE and NFC onboard.

It runs on Windows 8.1 Pro and has a 5mpx camera on the rear and a 2mpx camera on the front. As for the USB port, USB 3.0 is supported.

The STYLISTIC Q704 with a keyboard / Photo: Fujitsu

The STYLISTIC Q704 with a keyboard / Photo: Fujitsu

The docking port can connect to a docking station or a keyboard (as seen on the picture above) which makes the Q704 to full equipped working machine if needed.

The Q704 is also partly waterproof, however, you shouldn’t take a bath with it! So far the battery runtime is stated with “up to 10 hours.”

The hard drive (SSD) ranges from 64GB to 256GB which clearly indicated that this tablet PC is made for working.

All specs and configurations can be found here.

STYLISTIC Q584

The Q584 takes a place in Fujitsu’s 10-inch segment but doesn’t run on a Core iX-CPU.

The STYLISTIC Q584 / Photo: Fujitsu

The STYLISTIC Q584 / Photo: Fujitsu

The capacity of the SSD can be either 64GB  or 128GB. Also you can use your finger or a pen for touch input (the device can differentiate between both of them). Connection goes up top 4G / LTE.

The operating system is also Windows 8.1 Pro. Major differences to the Q704 can be found in the display and the CPU. The display is powered by an IPS-panel with a resolution of 2.560 x 1.600 pixels.

The CPU is an Intel BayTrail-T SoC, a combination of energy-efficient CPU and graphics processor (GPU).  This makes the tablet way more energy efficient since the BayTrail-T SoC is designed for mobile devices like tablets.

The STYLISTIC Q584 with a docked keyboard / Photo: Fujitsu

The STYLISTIC Q584 with a docked keyboard / Photo: Fujitsu

Of course this doesn’t make the Q584 less productive. It can also connect to a docking station or keyboard to provide more productivity and a laptop-like feeling.

All configuration possibilites and technical specs here.

Both tablets perfectly extend Fujitsu’s line-up of touch devices for business customers. Fujitsu finally followed the trend to offer high resolution displays in their products. With new-gen CPUs and energy-efficient SoCs, customers can individually choose along their preferences.

The digitizer (touch panel) of both tablets comes from Wacom. A company with a very good reputation in this field.

First reviews should be coming soon, I also expect the devices to be shown at Fujitsu Forum 2013.

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