Fujitsu announces a razer-thin Ultrabook with a 3200 x 1800 IGZO display
By Jay Alabaster
Fujitsu will this month launch a super-thin Ultrabook, built on Intel’s latest Haswell processors, with an 11-hour battery life and a screen resolution with nearly three times HD resolution.
The company said the new “UH90/L” model from its Lifebook line will be the world’s thinnest for a laptop with a hard disk drive, measuring 15.5 mm at its thickest point. It will mark Fujitsu’s entry into the quickly growing ranks of PCs built around Haswell processors, which boast slightly improved performance along with reduced power requirements.
The computer has a 14-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 3,200 x 1,800 pixels, or 2.7 times full HD, with a pixel density of 262 ppi. That’s more pixelicious that either the Macbook Pro with Retina Display or the aptly named Chromebook Pixel. It’s built with Sharp’s IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology, named after the semiconductor on which it is based. The machine will run on a 45 watt-hour lithium polymer battery.
Fujitsu said it will target the gaming market with the Windows-based Ultrabook, teaming with Square Enix, makers of the Final Fantasy series, for promotions. The laptop will come in red and black.
The laptop will go on sale from June 28, sold in a basic model with a 500GB hybrid hard drive and 4GB of RAM as well as upgrades that have solid state drives. Prices were not disclosed, although Japanese press reported the laptop has an estimated market price of ¥190,000 ($1,900) domestically.
Fujitsu joins a growing group of companies, including Dell, Asus and Acer, that have announced computers built on Intel’s fourth-generation Core processor, called Haswell. Intel has said that the notebook versions of the chips don’t improve over the performance of the previous generation by that much, but do offer 50 percent more battery life. The increased battery life may help laptops better compete with the growing tablet market.
Fujitsu also announced several upgrades to its other laptops and a new desktop that is built into the screen and has an internal sub-woofer.