February 16, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
A rather boring and uneventful Fujitsu press conference held yesterday has the potential to create quite a fuss on the technology market, as the Japanese electronics giant has presented a pretty surprising 2012 roadmap.
Aside from the release of two new ultrabooks (not our thing!), a Windows 8 slate (booo!) and a stylish and ultrathin display (who cares?), Fujitsu is also planning to launch two very interesting Android-based gadgets during the course of 2012.
The first is a ‘’mainstream Android Media tablet’’, due to hit the market in June, and the second and most intriguing one is a ‘’new detachable performance slate’’, which should be made available in September.
While I personally don’t have much hope for that so-called ‘’mainstream tablet’’, as I suspect it won’t come with pretty great tech specs or features, that second detachable performance slate might actually be the first important Asus Transformer and Transformer Prime competitor.
On the other hand, considering the fact that the other two tablets in Fujitsu’s 2012 portfolio are specifically called Android and Win8 slates, there’s no way to know whether this Transformer Prime challenger will run Google’s mobile OS or Microsoft’s Windows. There’s a good chance that it might even run both operating systems on a dual-hybrid boot system, but for the time being let’s not get too carried away and make these kinds of speculations.
What we can say, though, is that the future ‘’detachable performance slate’’ looks darn intriguing, resembling a bit the Lenovo IdeaPad S2. As far as that ‘’mainstream Android Media tablet’’, there’s not much we can tell from the conference photo, but I personally don’t think it is the Stylistic M350, unveiled in Japan a while back, as the guys at notebookitalia.it claim.