This was the first Windows 8 tablet we could take a closer look at, undoubtedly many more will follow. The Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 combines laptop and tablet functionality, which makes it quite comparable to the ASUS Transformer line of devices. While those use ARM technology, this truly is a Windows computer based on a much more powerful Intel Core i5 processor, suitable for Windows 8.
From a purely technical point of view, this is an Ultrabook with a removable keyboard and two batteries, rather than one. The Fujitsu Stylistic Q702's performance is good. The system responds quickly and smoothly thanks to the combination of Turbo boosted Intel Core i5 and the 128 GB SSD. It does occasionally become a little warm, causing the fan to start spinning on a regular basis. This takes some getting used to, accustomed as we have become to tablets being cooled passively and hence without noise.
The tablet's weight, 850 grams, is not too bad. If you realise you are carrying two instead of one battery with the dock attached, the combined weight of 1,650 grams is acceptable as well. At least compared to Windows laptops and Ultrabooks. Fujitsu commendably opted for a decent IPS panel, although the viewing angle turned out to be a bit of a let-down. And of course we would have preferred a (much) higher resolution than 1366x768. However, the large amount of connection options are definite positives and larger companies will appreciate the built-in vPro support.
At this time it is not clear what the price of the Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 will be, but interestingly it will be available from the end of September onwards - with Windows 7 installed. We hear the starting price in the USA will be $1,099, but how this will translate to UK pricing is as yet unknown. Once we have a final production model of the Stylistic Q702, we will discuss the performance in detail and form our definitive opinion.