Fujitsu Introduces F-07C, a Compact PC and Phone Hybrid
By on July 21st, 2011

While the Windows Phone 7 fans advocate putting the Windows Phone 7 OS on tablets and others eagerly wait to see what Microsoft has done with Windows 8 for non-PC devices, Japanese hardware manufacturer Fujitsu has other ideas. Fujitsu has introduced F-07C, a Windows 7 powered mobile phone!

Fujitsu F07C

Hardware

Fujitsu claims that the F-07C mobile phone is world’s smallest PC that fits into the palm of the hand. The phone is powered by Intel Atom Z600 processor and includes 1GB memory and 32 GB solid-state drive. Most netbook computers in the industry are powered by Intel Atom processors. For connectivity, F-07C provides both 3G as well as Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11b/g/n options.

Users can switch between a Windows 7 PC mode and a regular mobile phone mode with push of a button. The phone sports a QWERTY keyboard, a trackball, and a left-click button that enables simple mouse-like operations. The 4 inch wide SVGA LCD screen provides a high-resolution 1024 x 600 display. A USB/HDMA cradle set sold separately allows the user to connect to peripheral devices like keyboard/mouse or printer. Surprisingly, the phone also packs in an HDMA output connector to hook up the phone to a large-screen TV for bigger display.

Software

Fujitsu F-07C runs on Windows 7 Home Premium edition (with Service Pack 1) and comes with a two-year license for Microsoft Office Personal 2010′. I’m not sure what  a Personal edition offers though.

The mobile phone supports several latest services from Docomo like Osaifu-Keitai, i-mode mail, i-concier, and security features like Omakase Lock and Mobile Phone Location Service.

Thoughts

The phone is scheduled to launch in Japan on July 23 in partnership with NTT Docomo. I’m not sure if the phone would interest many even though the hardware specifications are  great.  While smartphone operating systems are getting smarter, there is little need for a desktop operating system on a mobile phone. A limited 2 hour battery life in Windows 7 mode is of no help. The user experience for Windows 7 on a 4 inch wide screen is awkward, and absence of a shell enhancement to provide a better UI layer over Windows 7 hurts.

Hat Tip: Tom Warren at Winrumors

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Author: Abhishek Baxi
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