Fujitsu Lifebook TD40/D hands-on

Prior to Intel's Computex presentation about its future plans for tablets and netbooks, Pocket-lint spotted that several new devices could already been seen at the the company's booth before hand. And one device that caught our eye was Fujitsu’s Lifebook TH40/D - pretty much the Intel-powered big brother to Asus’ Eee Pad Slider.

We still haven’t managed to decide if we’re going to call the Lifebook TH40/D a tablet or a netbook, as it sort of blurs the line between the two device categories. The 10.1-inch screen and keyboard screams netbook, but the keyboard can be folded in behind the panel and as the screen is touch enabled, so it’s also a tablet.

The unit on display is a production model, and intended for the Japanese market, so as such, the keyboard is a little bit less usable than we’d expect to be on models for other regions due to the various additional buttons that surround the spacebar. However, we expect that the optical touch sensor and a dedicated key on the keyboard for right clicking will make the transition to other territories.

For such a thin and light machine (1.1kg), it still has pretty decent connectivity with an HDMI port, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, an SD card slot and a headphone jack. There’s also a hardware volume control.

The processor is Intel’s latest low power Atom Z670, also known as Oak Trail, and it brings vastly improved graphics, even though it’s only ticking away at 1.5GHz. Somewhat disappointingly though, the Lifebook TH40/D only comes with 1GB of RAM, which is going to limit the usability of Windows 7.

That said, although its form factor might not be totally unique when you consider other devices such as Samsung's Series 9, it’s a one of a kind device if you want to run Windows on a very thin and light tablet that offers the bonus of having a half decent physical keyboard.

This being a Fujitsu device also means that the build quality is first rate, although with the downside of a slightly drab design.



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