Fujitsu Lifebook TH40/D Convertible Tablet release date postponed indefinitely
The Fujitsu Lifebook TH40/D was supposed to be launching in Japan sometime during the month of June, but those plans have been nixed. But the new tablet has been indefinitely postponed due to unspecified developmental delays. The Lifebook TH40/D first saw light last May, when the company demonstrated the touchscreen tablet with a 10.1-inch 1,024 x 600 display and a full QWERTY keyboard with a built-in optical trackpad.
Company officials have not revealed why the tablet is being delayed, noting that “development delays” are responsible for the shipping time change. Fujitsu is not offering a new expected ship date for the TH40/D.
When Fujitsu first announced the TH40/D I was pretty excited about it, the computer featured a really slick design and decent specifications. However just like the other promising slider tablet PC’s unveiled this year, the ASUS Eee Pad Slider and Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series, being able to buy one isn’t an option.
It runs Windows 7 and is powered by Intel’s 1.5GHz Oak Trail Atom Z670 paired with 1GB of non-expandable DDR2 RAM and a 120GB 4200rpm hard drive. Apart from these, other features include 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, a couple of USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, an SD card slot and a six-hour battery life.
Though we have been hearing that the Atom Z670 chip has found its place inside 10 of the company’s models as well as inside a Samsung Sliding PC 7, it is yet to be seen in the market.
Alternatively, it could be the sliding mechanism causing headaches, with the potentially complicated tilting and sliding hinge a source of long-term reliability concern. Fujitsu isn’t saying anything, and nor do we know when – or indeed if – the Lifebook TH40/D will make it to store shelves.
The Fujitsu Lifebook TH40/D has made only a few live appearances in its life, its own unveiling event in Japan and at Computex 2011. You can watch some video footage of the Lifebook TH40/D at it’s unveiling party in Japan below: