Before barely getting a chance to take a thorough look at the newly unveiled business-orientedCasio Paper Writer tablet, a new gadget with a similar target got introduced to the public. The Fujitsu Stylistic M532/EA4 will also focus on durability and functionality and will most likely limit itself to the Asian market, but, unlike the Paper Writer, it doesn’t seem to come with a lot of unique features or specs.
We already got acquainted with the Stylistic M532 about a month ago, but now we have a more complete spec sheet and we know a thing or two about its ETA. Unfortunately, although Fujitsu is ready to take pre-orders for the 10-incher in Japan and will start shipment in “early October”, there’s no official word on pricing.
Rumors from back August said something about the tab “starting at $549”, but we’re very much hoping for that bar to be considerably lowered. Don’t get us wrong, we fairly like the Stylistic M532, but it seems a bit obscene to ask a higher price for it than for the latest-generation iPad, not to mention more than double the pricing of the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fires.
The tablet is quite the looker for a ruggedized gadget, weighing in at only 560 grams while meeting “the U.S. military’s specifications for durability and dust-proofing”. We’re unsure what kind of build materials Fujitsu used for the M532, but it seems that the 10-incher can hold its own in the most difficult environments, being not only dust-proof, but also shock and waterproof.
As far as actual performance goes, the slate will most likely not break any records, although the 1.4GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30S processor and 1GB of RAM were not long ago the standard for high-enders.
The 8MP / 2MP dual cameras are certainly a very nice surprise, but the 10.1-inch TFT screen sounds rather mediocre, with a 1280 x 800 pixels resolution. Other features include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Android 4.0 ICS, GPS, micro USB 2.0, a memory card slot, and optional 3G connectivity.