Wow that's a long time... oh wait a minute you're measuring it in seconds not minutes
Here's Fujitsu's latest phone that - wait for it - runs Windows 7. No, not Windows Phone 7, but the complete Microsoft PC platform. Fujitsu broke news of the handset today, announcing that the F-07C will be available in Japan by the weekend. The company claims it's the "world's smallest PC that fits into the palm of the user' …
2 hours is the expected battery life, with the caveat that "battery life will vary depending on the usage environment, LCD screen brightness, and system settings, among other variables".
I also note the "Two-year Microsoft® Office Personal license" - so what happens after 2 years? Do you have to buy the whole thing again?
Overall, an interesting niche product; some people will find it extremely useful, many more will be thinking "why?". Also of interest might be if you can get linux running on it...
"I also note the "Two-year Microsoft® Office Personal license" - so what happens after 2 years? Do you have to buy the whole thing again?"
Answer is: likely, yes. Although I doubt you'll want to continue using Win7 on a 1.2Ghz Atom after 2 years. If you do feel like continuing, just install LibreOffice instead. It will likely support Microsoft's next office format before MS makes a readability plugin.... (remember the conversion to docx?)
doesn't mean others don't! :)
I'm desperate for a proper, office compatible phone with a qwerty keyboard and large screen. Much as Android and Wp7 try, they do not give a full office feeling (although Android does come close!). The Dell Venue Pro is to buggy to use - see reports of its firmware being updated and Droids with Qwerty have too small a screen for me.
Also, like it or not, Microsoft are moving towards a "unified" operating system across devices... see Windows 8.
it WOULD be perfect for macros on Excel- because it actually supports them. AFAIK the mobile versions of Office don't support VBA, so workbooks that require a lot of VBA (which is a surprising number) don't work properly.
Also, for those of us who kick ass at VB/VBA but haven't bothered learning another programming language it's good that we can now cart our programs about with us!
That's clearly internet and other windows stuff running in the OS X dock at the bottom of the screen. I hope that's the work of an incompetent marketing department's photoshoppers!
Any bets on how long it'll run win7 for on battery? Put me down for 25 minutes, assuming the battery isn't so big you need clown trousers.
I agree. I think that is precisely what it is and that is why Fujitsu do not appear to be releasing outside of Japan. They are flying a kite - perhaps with an eye on whether or not there might be a market for such a combo when Win8 is released? With the upcoming "next gen" hardware it a perfectly realistic proposition in the practical sense, the question they have to answer is whether or not there may be a market for such a device.
1 GB RAM - okay, turn off the Aero
32 GB solid state storage
One USB port, but presumably you can use a hub, that also probably boosts the port power - probably USB 2.0?
Apparently "an HDMA output connector" sold separately, for video
"The F-07C's CPU features an operating frequency of 1.20GHz. In actual operation, the processor performs at 50% of this frequency." What! So, 0.6 GHz really?
...except with full-fat linux instead of windows (suitably modified, of course, so that all the settings boxes fit on the screen). From what I see, all the current phone OSs are deliberately designed so you can't control the data they are hemorrhaging, so a proper OS would be a definite benefit.
Then make them waterproof. And robust enough for everyday use (let's say surviving being dropped from waist-height down a flight of stairs as a reasonable minimum standard). And sort out the battery life (24 hours between recharges with everything switched on, let's say).
Get cracking phone manufacturers!
That's debian in a chroot on android, and needs a VNC client to see its display. Full debian would be bootable and have direct access to the display, modem etc.
As for the waterproof part, it'll survive the water but isn't much use when wet because the touchscreen doesn't work properly.
Not at all old chap. I have to admit that this piece brought a smile to my face. The technology is not quite yet up to making this a real proposition (IMHO), battery life alone makes it a touch impractical (to put it mildly!). However, the next gen in chips and battery tech with Win8 perhaps? The basic concept is by no means a fail, just a little too early out of the gate in relation to the hardware/software equation.
......I quite fancy one of those.
Could be the first real "computer in your pocket" since Psion stopped making 'em. The fact it's a phone as well is a bit of a bonus. Everything since Psion has had that terrible feel of being a phone that happens to also do some heavily constrained computer tasks fairly badly.
Like most have said though, I can't help but feel that Linux might have been a better choice...
Now all it takes is to install the full McAfee suite (antivirus, anti-spyware and firewall) and add Pointsec full disk encryption, a couple of useful GPO and a Cisco VPN client and it's all set. The corporate dudes can have it. Oh, and don't forget to have an iPhone in other hand so you can call your company's support desk to help with an MS-Office question.
Nobody I know would even consider using such a device. Would you fancy trying to do a malware removal exercise on this thing? What about the time it takes the thing to boot?
Destined to abject failure. If you desperately need Office compatibility, Polaris Office works beautifully. If you want/need Excel VB macro capability on a portable device, buy a notebook or one of those teensy Vaio things that cost £1000+
Seriously, Windows 7 is FAAAAR too bloated to run on a 1.2ghz Atom, especially if they are running it at 600mhz to save power. Ubuntu runs fine on my 1.33ghz Atom, but still works pretty hard depending on what I'm doing with it. Interestingly, I have Debian on my Droid 2 Global, and running the Byte UNIX Bechmark on the Droid and on my netbook I found the Arm and Atom to have the same clock-per-clock performance (the ARM was *much* slower at one benchmark, much faster at a second, and right in line on the rest). So realistically they could run Ubuntu right on the ARM, getting much better battery life than the Atom.
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