In this day and age, it’s really hard to stand out in the smartphone world. There’s only so much you can do with the default slab design, and despite all the talk, iOS and Android are petty much the same thing in the grand scheme of things. Thank god for Japan, though. At least those guys have the sheer determination to build a smartphone which dual boots Symbian and… Windows 7. No, not Windows Phone 7. Windows 7.
Thank you Fujitsu, for being bat-shit bonkers enough to actually build this device and bring it to market. It’s called the Fujitsu F-07C, and it’s billed as the world’s smallest PC. It sports an Intel Atom Z600 1.2Ghz (running at 50%, they claim, which seems far too slow to run Windows 7), 1GB DDR-400 RAM, 32GB SSD for storage, and a 4″ touchscreen with a 1024Ã—600 resolution.
With the push of a button, you can switch between Windows 7 SP1 32bit on the one hand, and Symbian on the other. While in Symbian mode, it has a standby time of about 600 hours, and a talk time of about 370 minutes. In Windows 7 mode, however, it will only last for a measly 2 hours. Epic trade off is epic.
Still, this thing is so incredibly awesome I just don’t know where to start. It’s completely idiotic, and it’s hard to imagine this being anywhere near as pleasant to use as Windows Phone 7 or whatever, but still… It’s so geeky!
Fujitsu will officially launch this phone tomorrow, and sadly, only in Japan. There’s no word on pricing, but I can’t imagine this thing being cheap, especially if you factor in shipping it over.
The article is light on details and begs several questions. Can it send and receive calls in Windows 7 mode? Does it synchronize contacts, email, bookmarks, SMS, call history, music, videos, photos, etc. between Symbian and Windows 7? Can it run any software developed for Windows 7?
As cool as this seems, I have a feeling that there is very little interest in using a phone with two different operating systems, but maybe this phone will prove me wrong.