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Fujitsu overhauls LOOX line with Atom tablet, more

updated 01:15 pm EST, Mon December 15, 2008

Fujitsu intros notebooks

Fujitsu recently introduced a number of new notebooks in six new series, with a pair of Atom-powered, 5.6-inch convertible PCs in the LOOX U series as the headliners. At the same time, the computer maker has released details for the 16-inch Biblo NW, the 12.1-inch Biblo LOOX R, 14.1-inch Biblo S, 14.1- and 13.3-inch Biblo MG, and the 15.4- and 15.6-inch Biblo NF.

The top model from the portable convertible LOOX U series, the C40, sports a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU with 1GB of RAM. The C30 has a slower, 1.33GHz Atom CPU and a less capable Wi-Fi module. Both sport the same 5.6-inch, 1280x800 LCD touchscreen, 60GB hard-disk drive and Windows XP operating system, though Vista can be optioned. Other common specs include a 1.3-megapixel camera, USB ports, SD card reader, Bluetooth 2.1 and optional mini-VGA and Ethernet jacks.
The basic C40 weighs in at 1.25lbs, while the standard battery is rated at five hours. An optional high-capacity battery will last 10 hours. The C30 extends these numbers to 6 and 11.3 hours, respectively.

The 16-inch, 1366x768 Biblo NW water-cooled notebook PC uses a 480x272 secondary touch display to control its multimedia functionality, including a built-in digital TV tuner and Blu-ray disc burner. Its specs include a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard-disk drive. It ships with Windows Vista Home Premium, four USB ports, an Ethernet and eSATA ports, as well as an ExpressCard slot. Video is output through either an HDMI or a mini-VGA output. Connecting to the Internet is via a Wi-Fi module or Gigabit Ethernet connection. Buyers get a fingerprint scanner for security and a remote control for convenience. Battery life for the 7.5lb, desktop replacement-class notebook is rated at a low 1.1 hours.

The LOOX R series is made up of the C70, with its 1.2GHz Intel dual-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 128GB solid sate drive preloaded with Windows Vista Business or XP Professional. The 12.1-inch, 1280x800 notebook is rated at 12.6 hours of maximum battery life and includes a Bluetooth 2.1 module. The C50 trades onboard storage for a 320GB hard disk drive with Windows Vista Home Premium, makes do without the Bluetooth module and has a 30-minute shorter battery life. Either model includes three USB ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, FireWire port, and a mini VGA video output.

The Biblo MG series has 13.3- and 14.1-inch models, with all powered by a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. The 14.1-inch C90 has 2GB of RAM, 320GB hard drive and Windows Vista Business with the option to downgrade to XP Pro. The C75 uses Vista Home Premium instead, but shares the same specs as the C90. A C70 model has a smaller 13.3-inch screen but similar features to the C90, including a Bluetooth module. All have three USB connections, a FireWire port, Wi-Fi module and Gigabit Ethernet port. Battery life for the C90 and C75 is rated at 8.2 hours, while the C70 is good for seven hours.

Fujitsu's Biblo S notebooks are meant to appeal to female buyers and feature 14.1-inc, 1280x800 touchscreens and 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo chips along with 2GB of RAM and 320GB hard disk drives. The Biblo S has simple, one-touch shortcuts for popular applications such as the web cam, browser and e-mail. Three USB ports, a FireWire port, Wi-Fi module and Gigabit Ethernet are accounted for, as is Bluetoot 2.1, ExpressCard slot and HDMI and mini VGA video outputs. The 5.5lb notebook has a battery life rating of 4 hours.

The Biblo NF series will include 10 models. The top-of-the-range C70 will be available in white, black or red, and includes a 1366x768 15.4-inch display along with a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor. It has 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard disk preloaded with Windows Vista Home Premium.

The C60 is meant for entertainment, and uses a 2GHz Athlon X2 mobile CPU along with a Blu-ray disc drive and terrestrial digital TV tuner. The C50 ups the screen size to 15.6 inches while retaining resolution, and has a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo chip. Other major specs of either are identical to the C70. The C40 has a 1.66GHz Intel Celeron CPU.

The Fujitsu LOOX U will be priced at the equivalent of about $1,000 when it launches in Japan on December 26th along with the Biblo NW, which will cost $2,760. The FMV-BIBLO S in white will launch on December 19th, priced at about $1,660, while those who want the pink version will need to wait until late 2009. The release date for the remaining notebooks is also December 19th, with the BIBLO LOOX R and BIBLO MG costing $3,190 and $1,890, respectively. The Biblo NF-Series starts at $1,550.

Each of these models is closely related to equivalent LifeBook models, such as the U820 tablet and the just-launched N7010. [via Impress]

Fujitsu LOOX U

Fujitsu Biblo NW

Fujitsu LOOX R

Fujitsu Biblo MG

Fujitsu Biblo S

Fujitsu Biblo NF

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