Fujitsu Siemens launches Stylistic ST Tablet PC

Fujitsu Siemens has launched its new tablet PC in the Middle East, it's first tablet PC to run Microsoft’s new Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC edition, and one of several Tablet PC launches this month.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  November 19, 2002

Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) has launched its new tablet PC in the Middle East. The Stylistic ST Series Tablet PC is FSC’s first tablet PC to run Microsoft’s new Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC edition, and is one of several Tablet PC launches this month.

“The Stylistic ST Series Tablet PC is the closest to a merger between a PC and a conventional notepad making it possible to use the PC as a clipboard, with the facility to take down notes as one would on a piece of paper,” said Dirk de Waegeneire, vice president International Sales, Fujitsu Siemens Computers. “The Stylistic ST series enables a user to use the computer, collect data or navigate easily through any Windows application even while standing or walking, thus ensuring true mobility. The PC then becomes a non-intrusive, social device, with no forbidding screen separating the user and the audience. It heralds the era when people will use the computer like a very intelligent piece of paper.”

The Tablet PC is aimed at users in a number of verticals such as healthcare, finance and education, as well as for sales applications. The emphasis is on mobility, rather than portability, so that users can really use the device while moving around. Developers have even coined a new phrase for a particular user segment—the corridor warrior—meaning a user that may work in one building, but spends most of their time away from a desk, such as a consultant working in different parts of a building.

The Stylistic ST4000 runs on and Intell Pentium III mobile processor, and uses mostly mobile components such as hard drive and battery, with special build construction for ruggedness. The active 10.4” XGA TFT screen allows for advanced input, compared to a standard pressure-sensitive touch screen. The device has built in IEEE 802.11b (Firewire) and a range of other ports including USB, PCMCIA and IrDA (infrared). The battery provides up to five hours use.

“Leveraging years of research in designing and manufacturing pen-enabled computers, Fujitsu Siemens Computers has produced the ultimate Tablet PC that brings advantages that were hitherto not possible with these kinds of PCs,” added de Waegeneire. “Thanks to the enhanced features of the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, the Stylistic ST Series Tablet PC provides everything one can expect in a mobile PC, allowing users to be productive at one’s desk, in the hallway, at a meeting or while walking.”

The Stylistic ST4000 will have an initial price point of $2,700-3,000, de Waegeneire said.

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