Fujitsu, the Japanese company, has announced a launch event for new products in India. Albeit not being the most prominent brand, the launch event may hold something interesting, in the shape of what may potentially be the lightest 13-inch laptop around. While the Fujitsu invite does not specify any product, the presence of laptop silhouettes in the invite, as well as the catch line of ‘lighter than light’ does suggest that it may be an event to introduce the company’s thin and light laptop portfolio in India. Interestingly, the thin and light laptop portfolio that Fujitsu offers in global markets is not an also-ran – the event may introduce the Fujitsu Lifebook UH-X/E3, which has been tipped to be the lightest 13-inch laptop in the world.
In end 2020, the Japanese company introduced the Lifebook UH-X/E3, a laptop that it claims weighs as less as 634g. To achieve this, the company claimed at that time that it made several design modifications to the typical laptop design. These modifications reportedly include a carbon fibre top lid in place of the usual metal or plastic builds, reducing the total number of assembly parts in the laptop by half, replacing the traditional DC charging interface with USB charging only, reducing the depth of the display panel, slimming down bezels to a bare minimum, and other design revisions as well.
However, the Fujitsu Lifebook UH-X/E3 does not seem to have skimped on specs. The global variant features up to Intel 11th gen Core i7-1165G7 processor, along with 8GB DDR4 memory and a 1TB NVMe SSD. A discrete GPU is absent, for obvious reasons, while the display uses a 13.3-inch IGZO full HD panel. It gets a 25Wh battery that the company claimed can last 11 hours, and despite its compact dimensions, still offered plenty of connectivity ports including two USB-C, two USB-A, a 3.5mm audio port, an HDMI port, an Ethernet port and even an SD card reader – surprisingly full stocked for a super-slim laptop.
While the UH-X/E3 was the highlight of the pack, Fujitsu also offered an alternate model, the UH-90/E3. The latter was still very light at 834g, but offered 512GB storage and a larger, 54Wh battery with more than double the stamina. The company also announced the UH-75/E3, which offered a Ryzen 7 4000 series processor and a 250GB SSD, but still managed to weigh under a kilo. At the launch, the company had stated that its laptops will be priced between JPY 190,000 (approx. Rs 1.28 lakh) for the UH-75, going up to JPY 220,000 (approx. Rs 1.49 lakh) for the UH-X.
While this is purely speculative, the invite for the launch event does suggest that it may be this very Lifebook lineup that Fujitsu would be introducing in India. If it does, then it would be exciting to see if it manages to attract users with a 600-gram laptop, despite its lesser known brand name in the country. More details will be made official at the launch event, which is scheduled for next week, on Tuesday, July 20.
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