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MWC 2013 Hands on pictures: Fujitsu Arrows Tab QH55 (Windows 8) & Arrows Tab FAR70B (Android) waterproof tablets

Somewhere on Fujitsu’s busy booth was the Arrows Tab QH55 Windows 8 tablet. It is a slim waterproof and dustproof tablet that is likely to get some attention from workers that spend a lot of time outside.

Like much of the competition, it runs on a Medfield-based Intel Atom Z2760 processor clocked at up to 1.8GHz. This chip comes with two cores as well as 2MB L2 cache. There’s 2GB of RAM, the maximum supported by the hardware, a 64GB SSD, Windows 8 (for the Wi-Fi only version) or Windows 8 Pro (for the LTE version) and Bluetooth.

Another interesting feature is the tablet’s “Super Clear Panel” technology which according to the marketing literature, “provides you with a vivid image” whether indoors or out.

The device is likely to be quite expensive because of the proofing features it offers but still doesn’t offer a keyboard docking station. Other competing devices include HP Envy X2, Acer Iconia W510, Dell XPS 10 and the Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2.

The company has also bet on Android with a slim, waterproof tablet, which is available in LTE, 3G and GSM format. The Arrows Tab FAR70B was launched earlier this year in Japan.

The Arrows Tab Android tablet is a cracking device that, like the Sony Xperia Z tablet, is a waterproof and dustproof model. Like its Windows 8 equivalent, the QH55, it is a mere 9.9mm thick and is less than 600g.

Other features include a quad-core SoC clocked at 1.7GHz, a 10.1in 1,920 x 1,200 display (that’s a WUXGA resolution), an 8-megapixel rear camera, a front facing 1.2-megapixel one, 2GB of ROM, 32GB onboard storage, Android 4.0, the Human Centric Engine feature (that adjusts your device to the needs of the end user), Dolby Digital Plus, a smart fingerprint sensor with switch, a massive 10,080 mAh battery, Bluetooth, as well as meeting IPX5/8 qualifications.

Both tablets haven’t been launched in the UK or Europe and the fact that they were present at MWC may well mean that Fujitsu will announce something sooner rather than later.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.