October 26th is the date that marks the official release of Windows 8. Around that time we expect a fairly large amount of new laptops, all-in-one PCs and tablets to appear - but also devices that combine aspects of these three categories. An early example of this is Fujitsu's Stylistic Q702, a combination of tablet and notebook. Hardware.Info was allowed to spend some time with this interesting device, and what follows is an early preview.
Many readers will instantly have noticed the similarities with another product. Yes, the Stylistic Q702 is indeed based on the same concept as the ASUS Transformer, albeit somewhat larger and heavier. Those latter characteristics are not particularly strange, because instead of ARM architecture, this tablet uses technology similar to the kind employed in Ultrabooks. Our preview sample was outfitted with a Core i5 3427U processor, but Fujitsu told us there will also be versions using an Intel Core i3 CPU. Just like with ASUS' product, the keyboard dock includes an extra battery, among other things.
That asset enables you to work twice as long with the tablet while connected to the dock. Without it, Fujitsu claims an operating time of well over 4 hours, but with it you should be able to manage 9.5 hours of active use. We expect it to be even longer if you stick to low power activities. We have not been able to measure battery life using our standard tests - that will have to wait until we receive a final, production ready sample of the Fujitsu Stylistic Q702.