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The Waterproof Arrows Tab LTE F-01D from Fujitsu: Out in Japan Next Month

By Lito Carasig - Thursday, September 15, 2011

A tablet which you can use in the shower? That’s exactly the selling point of the new Arrow Tab LTE F-01D from Fujitsu, which will be out next month in Japan, together with the Galaxy Tab 10.1, from Japan’s largest mobile provider Docomo.Docomo’s LTE service, Xi will have a field day come October when both tablets are unleashed to the masses. 

Since we already know about Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, let’s take a look at Fujitsu’s latest release to the tablet fray shall we.

The Fujitsu Arrow Tab runs Honeycomb (Android 3.2) and will support both LTE and FOMA 3G.  Powered by a Dual Core OMAP 4 CPU running @ 1GHz with 1GB of physical RAM and 16GB storage capacity, this tab is no slouch. It measures 181mm x 262mm x 11.3mm and weighs in at 597 grams.  Somewhat light at its size.  Its 10.1-inch WXGA screen is capable of displaying 1,280 x 800 resolution. 

Cameras comes as standard, of course, with a 5.1 Megapixel CMOS at the back and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing one. Connectivity is handled by built-in Wi-fi (802.11 B/G/N) and BlueTooth 3.0 technology. A GPS module, accelerometer, a high capacity 7,000 mAh battery and a microSDHC (up to 32GB) slot for further expansion rounds up the tablet’s full specs.

Another interesting add-on included by Fujitsu in its latest outing is the rather surprising built-in digital TV tuner.  I haven’t personally tried out how good the reception is with this, but I believe it’s a good addition to the multimedia capability of the tablet which should be emulated by other tablet makers out there to make their outings more complete.

The Fujitsu Arrows Tab LTE F-01D comes pre-loaded with the Japanese versions of Hulu and Qik, but the main attraction of the tablet is its waterproof construction making it ideal to take anywhere including the bathroom.  It would be a great companion enabling you to surf the net even while taking a very long and relaxing hot bath in the tub.

Another selling point for the Arrows tablet is Fujitsu’s propriety “Hand Gestures Control” which enables you to interact with the tablet without the need to physically touch it (hope it works better than the Kinect gesture controls).  This will come in handy when your hands are dirty, for instance, while cooking that delicious pasta dish you’ve found in the internet.

Of course the Fujitsu Arrows tablet is also your regular everyday tablet capable of handling all the demanding tasks you can throw at it because of its more than decent specs and built-in functionalities.

You can expect pricing to be comparable with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (around $499 to $599) if and when this hits the States, but the featured waterproofing just further sweetens the tablet’s already sweet specs.

Would love to get my hands on this one now.

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