Fujitsu Lifebook T730 Tablet PC makes a sudden debut, on sale now

We got an email from Fujitsu today with the subject line: “Introducing the New Fujitsu LifeBook T730 Tablet PC.” And just like that, with no added fanfare, their new 12″ convertible with optional multi-touch was unleashed upon the world – It’s on sale now at the Fujitsu site.

Starting at $1869, the T730 is not for the wuss of heart, but neither are the specs. Base processor is Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.93 GHz, and a $150 upgrade bumps that up to Core i7 2.66 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.33 GHz. Intel vPro for motherboard-level security is optional, but available now as a free upgrade. Wide-angle LED backlit display with webcam is also available as a free upgrade, though downgrading lowers the price. Base drive is a 160GB 5400RPM HDD with a variety of upgrade options, including 128 SSD with full encryption. Starting memory is 2GB, upgradeable to 8.

Other amenities include 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, the standard Fujitsu modular bay for optical drive or secondary battery, fingerprint sensor, ambient light sensors, full-size, spill-resistant keyboard with touchpad (with scroll sensor), HDMI out, and a user-cleanable dust filter to keep this powerhouse running smoothly. Bit heavy for its size at 3.9 lbs., which is without using the modular bay.

Comparing the T730 to the T900 released earlier this year, the two stack up nearly identically except for the larger screen and slightly larger battery on the T900. If you’ve been eyeing the T900 but weren’t sure about handling its 13.3″ screen and nearly 5lbs starting weight, the slightly more svelte T730 could be for you.

Comments

  1. Mike Reilly says

    I was very excited until I saw the 3.9 lbs weight. This is basically the same as the HP 2740p.

    The p1630 is only 2.2 lbs, and that’s where we need to be; 2.2 lbs, with i5 ULV cpu, with Wacom multi-touch + pen, outdoor screen, 10″ screen, good keyboard, and 8 hr. battery.

    I also want a good video card, but I know that’s beyond plausible fantasy.

    • Scott says

      Too bad they won’t be doing a “Stylistic 7012″

      2740p, X201t, T730, or T900…decisions, decisions!

    • Mike Reilly says

      Oh, I forgot; It must also have a webcam, plus a rear facing camera. Are you listening, Fujitsu?

  2. Sam says

    This looks like a refresh of the Fujitsu T4410, except its a little thicker; they still seem to be selling the T4410 (for now at least). I wonder why they picked an unrelated name, it appears to use the same docking station and same bay options (battery, hard drive).

    This makes the third 12.1″ Fujitsu convertible tablet with dual digitizer (pen + capacitive multi-touch) standard or as an option, available: the consumer T4310 (standard), and the business T4410 and T730 (optional). The T4310 and T4410 appear to be almost identical, except the T4310 doesn’t support a docking station.

    • Sumocat says

      As far as I know, Fujitsu only uses Wacom. Seems safe to assume that’s still the case, especially given the similarities to their other models.

  3. David Howard says

    I still like the T2010 I have had for almost 2 years. To me, it is the best PC I have ever owned and still my go to workhorse even tough I have the 13.3″ MacBook Pro and an iPad on either end of the task perspective surrounding the T2010.

  4. Virtuous says

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    Virtuous Monday, May 17 2010

    The only new tablet available I’d consider buying is the HP TouchSmart tm2. Some Tablet PC makers will exit the market because their tablets simply cost too much. Instead they will blame the market for not buying enough tablets. Even some businesses can’t afford tablets that cost this much.

    I picked up a used HP tc1100. It’s not the fastest tablet available, but it does what I need at the same cost as a new netbook.

    • Sam says

      What is it about the HP tm2 that makes it the only choice for you? Is it the price? The tm2 is probably the cheapest when it comes to retail price for a base model, though when equipped comparably, the Fujitsu T4310 would probably be very close. Yep, about $125 more for the Fujitsu, except the Fujitsu has a 2.2 GHz C2D T6600 vs the 1.3 GHz Pentium SU4100. Upgrading the tm2 CPU to a 1.6 GHz SU9600 costs $325.

  5. Lloyd Nash says

    Why doesn’t Fujitsu put out an upgraded Stylistic ST6012? I do not understand. It just needs the new processors, better camera and LED backlighting and it would be fantastic. It appears to have the best design for a pure tablet on the market for predominantly office use with great battery life and design. A terrible shame and waste of a great design and know-how not to do it.

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