Fujitsu launches LifeBook U904 ultrabook with 3200 x 1800 pixel display

Fujitsu’s new Lifebook U904 ultrabook is a portable notebook that measures about 0.6 inches thick and weighs about 3.1 pounds. But Fujitsu didn’t skimp on the hardware to keep things thin and light.

The notebook is powered by an Intel Haswell processor and features a 14 inch, 3200 x 1800 pixel IGZO display.

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The Fujitsu Lifebook U904 is available with a choice of Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors with Intel HD 44000 graphics, up to 8GB of RAM, and either a 500GB hard drive with 16GB of solid state cache or up to 512GB of storage with a solid state drive.

Fujitsu’s ultrabook has 2 USB 3.0 ports, an Ethernet jack, headset jack, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and optional 3G and 4G mobile broadband. As a notebook aimed at business customers, it’s available with Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro, and Windows 7 Pro.

Measuring 13″  x 9.1″ x 0.6″, the Fujitsu Lifebook U904 is one of the thinnest 14 inch ultrabooks around.

  • Bill Smith

    That’s a lot of pixels for such a small display.

    I wonder what the battery life is like.

    • Tsais

      Extra pixels take a negligible amount of extra power, as long as the display isn’t getting bigger. Common misconception.

      Except if you’re running 3D games at the higher resolution, then your GPU will eat a lot more power.

      But with the weak GPUs in ultrabooks, you’d just combine 4 pixels into one, ending up with a 900p resolution free of scaling artifacts and driven by your GPU more easily than the common 1080p displays.

      • noone

        Hmm… Last time I checked the higher pixel density made the filters that allow each sub-pixel to display colors absorb more light, which then requires a brighter backlight, which DOES drain the battery pretty heavily. I dind’t think IGZO fixed that, just decreased the time the crystals took to flex and allowed the screen to be bonded directly to the cover glass to reduce glare and make the unit far more likely to break and requiring a complete panel replacement if it does… But that could just be Apple’s version.

        The 2 main issues I see with this is that 8.1 isn’t quite out yet, and until it hits, Windows doesn’t have proper DPI scaling. And then you’re stuck using Windows 8…

        And the GPU is anemic and isn’t going to be able to drive that. You’re going to see screen tearing just rendering web pages… Which will make the GPU turbo, which will constrain the CPU and drain the battery faster… Vicious cycle.

        I have yet to be impressed with a high DPI computer that wasn’t made by Apple or was running Android.

        Pretty sure this one will disappoint as well… That GPU practically guarantees it.

      • WeaponZero

        IGZO does reduce battery usage, according to sharp:

        “IGZO contributes to the dramatic leap in the energy efficiency of digital devices, resulting in substantially longer battery life for mobile users. When displaying still images, it achieves power savings of a staggering eighty to ninety percent* by pausing the driving signals to maintain the same image”

        And 8.1 will come out this month. The u904 comes out next month. The GPU will be able to handle the resolution with no issues. Now if you plan to play games at that resolution that is another story, but this is a business laptop, not a gaming laptop.

      • http://geekfun.com/ Erik S.

        Wrong. Higher density displays generally need significantly brighter backlights to achieve equivalent display brightness. Display backlighting is a significant portion of the power budget on a low-power laptop or tablet.

        This device is somewhat unusual though for using an IGZO display though, which allows more light to pass and therefore can use a less powerful backlight.

    • WeaponZero

      According to their site 10 hours. If you need more, they have a 13″ S904 with 24 hours battery life.

  • indoorsman

    No mention of a touchscreen nor terribly glossy display so might have a wonderful matte screen.

    • WeaponZero

      They are offering 2 options, 1 glossy mirror touchscreen and 1 matte screen of awesomeness. The full specs and options are already on their website.

  • Tsais

    Has Fujitsu found it in their heart to use better materials for the case of this laptop? Or are they continuing to make plastic clunkers?

    • WeaponZero

      They are using a magnesium alloy casing according to their site.

  • psk

    I have the Samsung 13 inch with similar resolution. Completely unusable. We have reached a point where laptops can offer too much resolution.