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.