Fujitsu to launch Windows 7 phone on July 23rd

Fujitsu to launch Windows 7 phone on July 23rd

That title is not garbled. Fujitsu did not announce the release of its Windows Phone 7 handset today, but instead its Windows 7 phone. All of a sudden Microsoft’s naming system is a bit of a mouthful, isn’t it? The phone will be released on July 23rd.

The handset, named the F-07C Mobile Phone, runs a full, complete build of Windows 7, and can be, according to the Fujitsu copy, used “as a PC.”

Before we break into the phone’s specs, take a look at it:

Yes, we think that it is ugly as well, you are not alone in the sentiment.

Now, this is an even more interesting phone than you might have initially guessed, as it has both a phone mode, and a Windows 7 mode, not unlike what Windows 8 will offer tablets: two modes, one of which will be a full Windows build.

The phone mode is a bit hard to nail down. It is listed as ‘mobile phone view,’ but we can’t place just what it is. You can make up your own mind on the matter. These are the phones specifications, according to Fujitsu:

F-07C comes standard with a two-year license for Microsoft® Office Personal 2010-an essential business tool-and other basic PC functionality, in addition to convenient mobile phone features such as Osaifu-Keitai. By combining both PC and mobile phone functionality, F-07C opens the door to a range of new uses.

  • Size: 125 × 61 × 19.8 mm (19.8 mm at thickest point)
  • Weight: 218 g (with battery pack)
  • Continuous Standby Time: ~600 hours in FOMA 3G
  • Continuous Talk Time:
  • ~370 minutes in FOMA 3G voice mode
  • ~170 minutes in videophone mode
  • Display: ~4″ wide SVGA touchscreen (1024 × 600 resolution)
  • Camera: (back side) 5.1 megapixel effective resolution, CMOS sensor
  • (inside) 0.32 megapixel effective resolution, CMOS sensor (0.17 megapixel in Windows® 7 mode)
  • Color: Navy Black
  • OS: Windows® 7 Home Premium 32 bit Full Version (with SP1)
  • CPU: Intel® Atom™ Z600 processor (supports HT technology) (1.20GHz)
  • Main memory: Comes standard with 1GB/max 1GB (LPDDR400)
  • SSD: ~32 GB (eMMC)
  • Wireless LAN: IEEE802.11b/g/n (communications speed: up to 65Mbps)
  • Windows® 7 battery life: ~2 hours(6) in Windows® 7 mode

We think that it’s a phone that serves no real purpose, as Windows 7 on such a small screen is roughly impossible to use. Experimentation is an important part of innovation, but in this case what has been spawned won’t be user-friendly, and likely won’t sell.

Then again, that lovely pink Fujitsu Windows Phone 7 handset has a real shot.

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