Fujitsu preparing to launch new Tablet PC

Fujitsu is preparing to launch a new slate-type Tablet PC that features a faster processor, larger screen and more capacious hard-disk drive than its current model.

Details of the new computer, the Stylistic ST5000, including the draft user manual, were revealed in documents published by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission after the device received regulatory approval for use in the U.S. last week.

A Fujitsu spokesman declined to comment on the product.

The computer will be Fujitsu's third Tablet PC following the slate-type ST4000, which was launched when Microsoft launched its Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system, and the convertible-type ST3000 that was launched in September.

There are several differences between Fujitsu's current slate-type model, the ST4000, and specifications for the ST5000 listed in the manual.

The first is in the choice of processor. Fujitsu will stick with the ultra-low-voltage version of Intel Corp.'s Pentium III M processor but is including a 1GHz model in the new machine, according to the manual. The processor in the ST4000 runs at a clock speed of 933MHz. Memory is unchanged at 256M bytes but the minimum hard-disk drive size has been raised from 30G bytes to 40G bytes, according to the manual.

A 12-inch TFT (thin film transistor) LCD (liquid crystal display) with 1,024 pixel by 768 pixel (XGA) resolution is fitted in the ST5000, according to the specifications, which is larger than the 10.4 inch screen on the ST4000.

Other features of the new tablet include slots for PC Card, SD (Secure Digital) memory card and smart card and a selection of interfaces including an analog modem, Ethernet LAN, IEEE1394, IrDA infrared and two USB 2.0 sockets. Wireless LAN is supported in the machine and there is a second version, the ST5000D, that has no wireless LAN support, according to the manual.

The PC measures 220 millimeters by 324 millimeters by 22 millimeters and weighs 1.45 kilograms, which is slightly longer than the ST4000 but otherwise similar. Battery life is up to 5 hours, according to the manual.

Regulatory approval by the FCC is required for all devices that emit radio waves over a certain level before they can be legally used in the U.S. It is usually one of the final stages before a company launches a product, although it does not mean a launch will definitely take place, nor that specifications will remain unchanged before the product is sold.

(Tom Krazit in Boston contributed to this report.)

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Cate Bacon

Aruba Instant On AP11D

The strength of the Aruba Instant On AP11D is that the design and feature set support the modern, flexible, and mobile way of working.

Dr Prabigya Shiwakoti

Aruba Instant On AP11D

Aruba backs the AP11D up with a two-year warranty and 24/7 phone support.

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers


This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang


It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?