An interesting concept for sure.
Fujitsu-Siemens’ LifeBook P1610 may have held some pretensions of being an ultra-portable tablet PC, but compared to the U2010 it’s positively ungainly. Of course the latter does have the advantage of being powered by an Atom CPU, and almost certainly isn’t supposed to be a fully-featured system ??” so far as we can tell from Vietnamese site Tinhte, where one has been snapped and specced.
Nonetheless, the specs aren’t all too shabby. Curiously the 5.6in screen sports a 4:3 aspect ratio, with a 1,024 x 768 resolution, and is of course, given the LifeBook’s tablet-nature, touch sensitive. A 1.6GHz or 1.8GHz Atom processor will power the device, coupled with 1GB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive.
Connectivity-wise the U2010 should boast WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G, as well as a GPS module. All this fits into a chassis weighing 680g, although that figure is probably without the battery fitted. Speaking of which, Fujitsu will have its work cut out to get a decent operating span from a unit small enough to fit flushly into this system.
Price-wise the U2010 will apparently hit the $1,300 (~£750) mark when it’s launched, which is ”significantly” more than any other Atom-based netbook/UMPC, the Panasonic ToughBook U1 excluded. Given the different target market the LifeBook is undoubtedly aimed towards, that may no be a problem.