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Fujitsu Siemens pitches Eee-style sub-notebook at pros

Launches 1kg Centrino tablet with 8.9in screen

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Updated Fujitsu Siemens is taking on the likes of Asus, Toshiba and Sony with ultra-compact 1kg laptop of its own, this one with a 8.9in, 1280 x 768 display and HSDPA/HSUPA 3G connectivity.

Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P1620

Fujitsu Siemens' Lifebook P1620: Eee beater?

The high-speed cellular technology is optional, but if you don't want to pay a premium for it, the Lifebook P1620 has 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi built in as standard. Bluetooth too.

Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P1620

8.9in display

Fujitsu Siemens didn't say much about the P1620's internals, but since it's a Centrino-branded machine, it clearly relies on Intel chippery. Storage? Good question - and when FS deigns to say more we'll fill in the blanks.

Update
Here they are: 512MB to 2GB of 533MHz DDR 2; 60-100GB parallel ATA hard drive; 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo U7600; 533MHz frontside bus; Gigabit Ethernet; and 56Kb/s modem.

Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P1620

Solid-state storage on board?

We can say it has a couple of USB 2.0 ports, a fingerprint scanner, audio ports, an SD memory card slot and a PC Card slot. There's no touchpad, it seems- the P1620 relies instead on a ThinkPad-style joystick. There's no internal optical drive so far as we can see.

The sub-notebook measures 22.8 x 18.3 x 3.3cm.

The battery's a three-cell unit capable, we'd say, of running the P1620 for four hours, based on what FS claims for the optional six-cell power pack.

Not just a sub-notebook, the P1620's also a tablet, with the screen, once opened, able to rotate 180° in either direction. Set to be pitched at professionals, the laptop comes with a fingerprint sensor.

Prices from Fujitsu's US website range from $1749 to $2224 (£881-1121).

Thanks to everyone who mailed in the US specs.

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