In case acronyms are not your forte, these are high speed cellular formats allowing users to just slide a SIM card into their notebook for a connection to the interweb.
Amongst the products shown off were the Amilo Pro V3525/V3545 as well as the Lifebook T4215 and the Lifebook P1610.
According to Fujitsu Siemens' senior marketing man Ricarda Rodatus, these new devices provide flexibility and mobility. Combined with other wireless options like WiFi and Bluetooth, users are always connected and the free form tablet design caters to a wide variety of people.
Health care professionals can obtain up to the minute data, whilst still face to face with the patient. Sales people can obtain real time updates from point of sale outlets, allowing them to provide a better service to their clients. Data can be entered on site meaning less data is corrupted while being transcribed between systems. Mobile professionals can access data almost anytime anywhere. Children can learn to be comfortable with new technologies so it's not alien to them upon entering the working world.
Of course cellular connectivity is nothing new, but being embedded provides better power consumption, better connectivity and is safer. Also speeds are now reaching the point where connecting to a corporate VPN or downloading large files is feasible.
According to the Hype-o-metre Tablet PCs are currently at a low ebb, but are soon to start reaching maturity, just one step short of becoming completely integrated into our lifestyle. µ
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