Fujitsu’s 7-inch Android Tablet to Come Out in 3rd Quarter 2011
It seems that the Android-based tablet war is going to boil up even further as Fujitsu gears up for the debut of its first-ever Android tablet some time during the third quarter of this year. Fujitsu Taiwan said that the company is ready to join the Android tablets battlefield with its yet-unnamed 7-inch model.
Digitimes reports that Fujitsu’s 7-inch Android tablet is aimed at consumers, in contrast to its LifeBook TH40/D aimed at enterprises. It is expected to ship with the latest Android 3.1 Honeycomb or higher, if an update/upgrade comes along.
Fujitsu plans to source out the production of the tablet to undisclosed device manufacturers in Taiwan. Fujitsu explains that this move is meant to keep the tablet’s price at somewhere around the $350-$700 range.
And, although much of the world’s focus has been on 10.1-inch tablets lately–with occasional glances at the 8.9ers–Fujitsu decides to go for the full 7 inches. Since Fujitsu hasn’t revealed much about the specs of its unnamed Android tablet, the gate stays wide open as to whether it can turn the tide in its favor and against fellow contenders in the 7-incher race: Acer Iconia Tab A100, ViewSonic ViewPad 7x, and HTC Flyer.
Acer has postponed the launch of the Iconia Tab A100 to the second half of the year. The postponement has led some folks to speculate that it may be on its way to being canceled.
ViewSonic, on the other hand, is rumored to launch the ViewPad 7x at this year’s Computex trade show on May 31 in Taipei. It will be the first 7-inch tablet to run on Android Honeycomb, although no one seems to be sure yet whether it will use version 3.0 or 3.1.
Meanwhile, HTC Flyer, HTC’s first stab at the tablet market, will already be available for purchase on Best Buy starting this Sunday, May 22.
Who do you think will come out as victor in the 7-inch Android tablets war?