Fujitsu claims 'world's smallest Vista PC' title
Eye-squint inducingly tiny screen
Fujitsu has taken the wraps off what it claims is the world's smallest Windows Vista PC: a tablet PC-styled "microminiature" machine with a 5.6in display and weighing just 580g.
It's not great surprise to learn that the FMV-U8240 - part of Fujitsu's LifeBook range - is based on Intel's Ultra Mobile Platform, announced this past April. The three versions of the machine all use the new A110 processor - aka 'Stealy' - clocked to 800MHz. They have 20GB hard drives and 10/100Mbps Ethernet on board as standard, and 512MB to 1GB of DDR 2 memory, depending on model.
The U8240 measures 17.1 x 13.1 x 2.7-3.2cm, and opens up like a notebook to reveal a QWERTY keyboard. That tiny screen - with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels - rotates table PC-fashion for folk who prefer a more UMPC-like mode of operation.
The Windows XP Pro-based U8240's will go on sale first: in Japan around the middle of June, for ¥144,000 ($1198/£603/€881) and ¥164,000 ($1364/£687/€1003) - 512MB and 1GB of memory, respectively. The 1GB, Windows Vista Business model will hit the shelves in July also for ¥164,000 ($1364/£687/€1003).
There's no word yet on availability outside Japan. A shame - we want one...
I miss my Psion!
I guess I'm a bit of a rarity -- I'm from the US and I went through 6 of my 12 years of government-sponsored education with either a Psion Series 3c or a Psion Series 5 in hand. I loved that little machine, so amen to that, Arnold. I would love to have a color S5 capable of running Vista and Office (and finally giving me a real word processor to use that killer keyboard with)!
OQO made a similar claim a few months ago and at 14.2 x 8.4 x 2.5 cm, it seems that they still have the title. Of course, thanks to Presidential fiat, it all depends on what the meaning of "is" is.
I want one too!
Well, if it's got wifi and a decent battery life anyway. Just what i need for uni, a small box to drag about for note taking, surfing & email.
lack of an easily usable tab key might be a pain though...
Hundred dollar laptop?
Is it just me, or does the design of this system look spookily like the design of the $100 laptop?
Vista's mediocre text rendering makes things hard enough to read on my 13" laptop, I shudder to think of how terriblev vista must look on a sub 6" screen.