Will Fujitsu release a Windows 8 version of the Loox F-07C mobile phone?

In July 2011, Fujitsu announced a new handset, the Loox F-07C, in partnership with Japanese telecom giant, NTT DOCOMO.

The device had a very peculiar ability; it could run Windows 7 (Home Premium) and Symbian on the same hardware platform making it ideal for users who looked for the convenience of Microsoft’s desktop OS and a well-oiled mobile platform. That at least was the theory.

Back then, the phone used an Intel Atom Z600 clocked at 600MHz, had a two-year Microsoft Office Professional business application suite, a QWERTY keyboard, a 4in 1,024 x 600 resolution display, and a 5.1-megapixel camera plus a front-facing one. Memory included 1GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage.

But it had some serious flaws according to a number of reports. It used a non-professional version of Windows, it didn’t have a volume rocker or a headphone jack or multi-touch under Symbian plus at only 120 minutes, battery life (and performance) was “shocking” according to some websites.

Things, however, have changed a lot since last year. First, Intel has introduced its new generation of Atom SoC, Clovertrail, which runs at 1.6GHz on the Orange San Diego and should be several times faster than the Z600.

Then Microsoft has Windows 8 waiting in the wings, which is less resource-hungry than Windows 7.

The combination of the Intel processor and Microsoft’s new OS means that an 'F-08C' smartphone would probably fare way better than the F-07C. The latter, by all accounts, was more a proof of concept with some fairly enticing capabilities.