Sure, Windows Phone 7 is designed to run on handheld devices, but have you ever wished you could avoid talking to someone by claiming your phone had a BSOD crash? Well Fujitsu may be fixing to make your dreams come true.

The folks at Pocketables found a scanned spec sheet on a Chinese web site for a new device called the Fujitsu LOOX F-7C. The little guy is a handheld device with a slide-out keyboard and a 4 inch 1024 x 600 pxiel display. It has a 1.2 GHz Intel Atom Z600 processor and runs both Windows 7 Home Premium, and Symbian.

It also reportedly has 1GB of RAM, a 32GB solid state disk, front and rear cameras, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G.

If you’re wondering what kind of battery life you’d get on a Windows 7 phone, the answer is less than 2 hours. That’s probably why the phone also lets you run Symbian. The good news is that you should get up to 350 hours of standby time in phone mode. I suppose you could just switch to Windows mode when you really need to… I don’t know, play World of Warcraft?

Update: The Fujitsu F-07C launches in Japan on July 23rd, 2011.

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6 replies on “Fujitsu LOOX F-07C smartphone could run Windows 7”

  1. Atom is not good though, Microsoft can compile Windows 8 to run on ARM thereby giving normal smartphone battery lifetime running full blown Windows. Note that is very different from Windows Phone 7. Dunno why they screwed up the naming, confusing everyone.

    1. Till Windows 8 comes out x86 is what is required to run Windows.

      But don’t expect smart phone battery run times even with Windows 8, as it will have much higher system requirements than iOS and Android combined.

      Optimized for ARM or not won’t change that Windows is not optimized to run on Smart Phones and it’s unlikely they will cripple Windows 8 to point that it would be.

      So while there may be some improvement in run times, don’t expect too big a improvement over x86 systems.

      There is also a question how well Windows 8 will run even on next gen ARM systems and not till systems like the Tegra 3 come out will ARM finally start to rival ATOM CPU performance.
      Among other possible issues we’ve yet to see how well they will handle.

    1. Would depend on the program, Oak Trail hasn’t been thoroughly benchmarked yet but it is the successor to the previous Z5xx series ATOM processors. They’ve made some minor improvements, mostly to video performance, and it can easily handle 1080p for example but it’s key feature is that it runs cooler and uses less power than the regular N-series ATOM processors.

      Thus allowing it to be used in such small systems without the need for excessive cooling systems and even larger batteries, with a Max TDP of just 3W.

      This particular model is using the Z650 1.2GHz single core chip, with GMA 600…

      Overall, running Windows on such a small screen would be more of the problem than system performance for what you are likely to run on this device.

      Though some companies are thinking of coming out with their own laptop docks like Motorola did for its Atrix 4G, including Motorola coming out with a version for their other Smart Phones. So this may be more practical if Fujitsu combines it with a optional dock with its own battery to extend the useful run time.

  2. Two hours battery life? Sorry, this is an entertaining idea, but that’s nowhere near enough.

    1. Agreed, but running Windows on a cellphone battery is no easy task and you still get much longer run times when not using Windows. Like the 350 hour standby time in phone mode. So may appeal to those who only need to use Windows a few minutes at a time.

      But if you’re looking for more then just wait till they go to 32nm by next year, Oak Trail Z6xx is still 45nm, for a battery performance boost. Or if in no hurry then wait till Intel goes 22nm for more ARM like run times… Though by then Windows 8 would be out and the next version of this system could be running on ARM instead…

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