Fujitsu's ultraportable shows up outside of Japan

Fujitsu Ltd.'s recently launched convertible ultra portable PC is starting to appear outside of Japan as the company widens sales of the pocket-size device.

The Lifebook U1010 went on sale in South Korea earlier this week and will be available in Hong Kong and Singapore before the end of this month. It will hit Malaysia in July. It will also appear in the U.S., but Fujitsu has not yet said when. The company has yet to decide if it will launch in Europe.

The machine, unveiled in Japan in May as the U8240, is based on Intel Corp.'s new McCaslin ultramobile PC platform. It runs an 800MHz Stealey microprocessor and comes with a 40G-byte hard-disk drive. The consumer version of the machine will run Windows Vista Home Premium.

It has a 5.6-inch display with 1,260 pixel by 800 pixel resolution that can be flipped around, turning the notebook into a tablet.

The PC weighs 580 grams and will fit in a jacket pocket. The distance between the centers of keys on the keyboard is 14 millimeters, compared to around 19 mm on standard keyboards.

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