By Claire West

Fujitsu today announces the STYLISTIC Q550, a business class slate PC designed for the high-security requirements of mobile enterprise computing. Unveiled at a media briefing in Tokyo today, the STYLISTIC Q550 will be launched at CeBIT 2011, which takes place in Hanover, Germany, from March 1-5, 2011.

Building on Fujitsu’s long heritage of creating tablet PCs for professional users, the Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 Slate PC is a keyboard-less slate tablet PC that builds in security from the ground up, ensuring it meets the most stringent IT security requirements of government and businesses. The Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 is developed to meet enterprise mobile computing demands and integrate seamlessly into existing IT infrastructures.

As mobility becomes an increasingly important factor in the success of business, a range of mobile devices including smartphones and slates have exploded into the market. These present issues for businesses; as many are not designed for demanding businesses they may pose a serious security risk due to the use of operating systems outside of Microsoft Windows.

As businesses struggle to keep consumer smartphones and media tablets off their corporate networks to avoid security breaches, Fujitsu is taking an alternative approach with the introduction of a companion device designed for maximum interoperability with business environments. Seamless integration is provided thanks to the use of the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. Additional licensing and rollout costs are capped since the slate PC uses the same software already deployed in enterprise infrastructures.

"Microsoft welcomes the release of the STYLISTIC Q550," says Steven Guggenheimer, corporate vice-president of the OEM division, Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7 is a great choice for commercial customers looking for a devices that enables the flexibility and mobility their businesses need to succeed. With Windows 7, you get enterprise manageability and security, as well as the ability to run the applications used within organisations."

"The STYLISTIC Q550 delivers low power consumption with no compromise on performance with the upcoming Intel Atom processor, codenamed 'Oak Trail'" said Doug Davis, vice-president and general manager of the Netbook and Tablet Group, Intel. "Atom processors help provides business users a seamless, rich multi-tasking experience with PC-like functionality and all day battery life for professionals on the move."

The Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 eases the mobile privacy concerns of even the most cautious CIOs. An array of security features such as an integrated fingerprint reader, smartcard reader, and solid state hard disk with Full Disk Encryption (FDE) provides a secure and stable platform for business to trust with even their most sensitive data. Additional optional security features such as Advanced Theft Protection (ATP) and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) help ensure data protection if the device were lost or stolen.

Usability features also help set the Fujitsu slate PC apart from other mobile devices. The STYLISTIC Q550 is distinguished by elements such as full work day battery runtime and a brilliant anti-glare 10.1-inch screen that allows for use both indoors and outdoors. Seamless connectivity comes through the inclusion of WLAN, Bluetooth and optional mobile broadband 3G/UMTS, enabling collaboration such as the sharing of documents while on the move.

Along with excellent ergonomics, Fujitsu makes mobile data entry easier by combining a multiple touch interface with precise and pressure-sensitive pen input. The STYLISTIC Q550 automatically recognises when users are working with the pen, allowing them to rest their hand on the screen when writing. Built-in handwriting recognition software converts input to text. When the pen is not in use, the slate PC automatically adjusts to a touch interface.

Brad Hagan, mobile product marketing manager at Fujitsu UK & Ireland says: “Many slate PCs on the market today don’t come anywhere close to addressing the business and security needs that are holding enterprises back from embracing the latest mobile computing technology. This is our sweet spot — and we are targeting the professional and government computing markets with a new slate PC that draws on more than twenty years experience in building mobile computers for enterprise use.”

The Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 is available globally. Full pricing and model specifications will be announced when the order books open at the start of April.