We've seen Fujitsu's Loox R laptop before, being as it was one of the first systems to pack a Penryn ultra low voltage chip. The latest iteration, just announced and set for a 19th of December release, looks set to build on the foundations laid by its predecessor.
Two models, in fact, are available the most interesting of which is the Loox R/C70 which packs, in addition to a 1.2GHz Intel SU9300 ULV CPU, a 1,280 x 800, 12.1in screen, a 128GB SSD and 2GB of RAM. Additionally, Vista Business (with a 'downgrade' to XP Pro option) and Office 2007 Personal (with PowerPoint!) are pre-installed. Most notably, Fujitsu reckons the C70 should get around 12.6 hours of battery life - an impressive claim for sure!
A model down, the Loox R/C50 offers almost identical specs but packs a 320GB hard drive, Vista Home Premium and omits Bluetooth. Battery life apparently suffers by 30 minutes as a result of the changes, not that 12.1 hours isn't still extremely good going.
Those long battery life figures are, admittedly, achieved using an (included) extended battery. Standard battery life is a more modest eight or so hours with a 90g weight reduction to boot.
At ¥280,000 (£2,040) and ¥230,300 (~£1,675) for the C70 and C50 respectively, the Loox R is hardly a cheap machine. That said, the price sits in line with the Sony Vaio TT and if Fujitsu's claims hold true, battery life is on par too so there could just be some rivalry there. All that's needed is for Fujitsu to sell the Loox R in the UK.