Fujitsu intros 5.6in bonsai laptop... with Vista
Even more wee than the Eee
Updated Fujitsu's Japanese customers will soon be able to get their mitts on one of the most stylish - and tiniest - Atom-based mini-laptops we've seen: the LifeBook FMV Biblo U/B50.
Fujitsu FMV Biblio U/B50: Atom powered
The compact machine sports a 5.6in display that's nonetheless capable of a 1280 x 800 resolution. The screen has an integrated webcam
The machine incorporates not the 'Diamondville' Atom usually found in Small, Cheap Computers, but the 1.6GHz Atom Z530, a 'Silverthorne' chip designed for what Intel calls "mobile internet devices".
Only a 5.6in screen, but it still runs Vista
The U/B50 has 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on board - and 3G communications too. It can drive a telly thanks to its HDMI port.
Incredibly, the thing runs Windows Vista. It's got a gig of Ram on board, and buyers can choose either a 1.8in hard drive of 60, 100 or 120GB capacity, or a 64GB solid-state drive for storage.
The U/50 measures 171 x 135 x 26.5-33mm. With a 2900mAh battery, it weighs 562g. An optional, 5800mAh power pack raises the weight to 663.5g.
And prices? The base 60GB HDD model costs ¥123,800 ($1134/£609/€767), and you can add ¥20,000 ($183/£98/€124) and ¥22,000 ($202/£108/€136) to that for the 100GB and 120GB models, respectively.
Want the SSD model? It'll set you back a cool ¥273,800 ($2509/£1346/€1697). Small yes, cheap no...
Battery life ?
So no word on battery life either ? Seems like an important point for those pocket devices.
And why do they still bother offering Vista on these things ? Did it sell in Japan for some reason ?
(I'll stick with my 12" running Linux for now)
Ho Li Kao
...but that's a pretty price for an ugly lump! Still, 600g or so (with a decent battery) makes even the Toshiba R500 series look heavy.
Amen to the comments about Vista in 1GB. "Runs" might be a bit of an optimistic term, I suspect.
I wonder how it performs, running Linux?
Maybe it has a resistive touchscreen (I dunno, couldn't be bothered to check) but it definitely has a wee mouse - check bottom right of the screen. My guess is it's one of those pad things like on the Libretto with two weeny little mouse buttons above it.
Physically possible - check
Can be made micro-size - check
Usable by human hands - we'll get back to you
No, wait a minute.
So it costs 150 notes more than a MacBook Air and yet is considerably less powerful and infinitely less useable.
I doubt that Jonathan Ive is losing sleep over this.
Does this mean that my time-travel experiments have finally borne fruit and we really are in 1986? Break out the red braces!