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A Quick Look At Fujitsu's Waterproof Arrows Tablet

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Fujitsu is preparing to launch its Arrows tablet in the United States.

Fujitsu first announced their new 10-inch, waterproof Android tablet, the oddly-named Arrows, back in September. Released in October in Japan, sales figures (or price!) haven't been made available in the West, but it's apparently enough of a success that they're planning to bring it stateside fairly soon. We got a close look at the thing during the CES Unveiled event on Sunday, and though it isn't the game changing iPad killer of our dreams, it's a solid, fairly lightweight (if a bit thick) Android tablet that also comes with the added bonus of being impervious to the whims of Poseidon.

A fully functional display model was available and though it was entirely in Japanese, anyone with prior Android tablet experience will have no problem using it. I managed to get to the Japanese version of Twitter, watch a couple of videos and learn again and again that I know nothing about the Japanese language without any issue (other than comprehension, of course). Running Android 3.2, its 10-inch screen gets 1280 X 800 res, and it has both front-facing and outward cameras, a 1 GHz dual-core processor and 16 GB of memory in the basic unit. In other words, it's a decently powerful tablet on par with several already available in the West. Ho-hum. But the important thing is that it actually is waterproof. Seriously, it functions without issue after being fully submerged in a fish tank. That's James Bond-style durability.

It is presently available only in Japan. We were told that the Fujitsu is 'definitely working' to bring the Arrows tab to North America in 2012, but a rep confirmed that they're still negotiating with North American providers, so no timetable is possible at this time. (Pssst, T-Mobile! Now's your chance to salvage your fortunes after the collapsed AT&T deal.) As for the cost, we just don't know. As stated above, price information is not available. However, soon after checking it out, a colleague pointed out to me that Arrows is similar in specs to the Xyboard, so I expect when it finally sells in the US, it will clock in at or just under $500.00 for the 16 GB version. That would make the most sense, of course. Waterproofing is a cool feature, but as most people don't swim and play Angry Birds at the same time, it isn't enough to justify a price tag that surpasses that of the iPad. Then again, Panasonic thinks people will pay $1299 for their upcoming ToughPad. If that staggering idea turns out to be true, Fujitsu may just follow their lead.

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    sunflier , January 9, 2012 5:29 PM
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    That's James Bond-style durability.

    I don't think so. Talk to me when it has a built-in metal cutting laser.
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    freggo , January 9, 2012 5:38 PM
    Finally a tablet I can take with me on diving trips :-)
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    sseyler , January 9, 2012 6:02 PM
    I used to use an iPad 2, but then I took and Arrows to the knee.


    Oh, god, please forgive me.
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    sseyler , January 9, 2012 6:03 PM
    sseylerI used to use an iPad 2, but then I took and Arrows to the knee.Oh, god, please forgive me.


    an*
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    Anonymous , January 9, 2012 6:24 PM
    "Fujitsu is preparing to launch its Arrows"
    lawl
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    CaedenV , January 9, 2012 7:04 PM
    sseylerI used to use an iPad 2, but then I took and Arrows to the knee.Oh, god, please forgive me.

    It's OK, the joke is still funny. It's not as overdone as the crysis jokes yet :) 

    In other news; New Angry Birds 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Version Coming Soon!
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    Anonymous , January 9, 2012 7:43 PM
    Should've launched an Arrows phone and a Knee tablet...
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    jackbling , January 9, 2012 9:08 PM
    I'm gonna keep it real; this is way more elegant than my current, tablet in a freezer ziplock bathtub/hot tub solution. Who doesnt want to lay in a pool with a tablet?
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    house70 , January 9, 2012 9:25 PM
    sseylerI used to use an iPad 2, but then I took and Arrows to the knee.Oh, god, please forgive me.

    Dude, you're a freaking genius. Esp. the apologetic ending. LOL
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    eddieroolz , January 10, 2012 4:06 AM
    It's about time other tablets and phones on this side of the planet became waterproof. They already enjoy it in Japan, and I think it can add a lot of merit here too.
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    rosstradamus , January 10, 2012 5:26 AM
    "I used to use an iPad 2, but then I took and Arrows to the knee."

    I want to hug you for this. - (Ross)
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