Fujitsu expands LifeBook E series with new models
Fujitsu has unveiled five new entries for its LifeBook E series: Three for the high-end E7 series and 2 for the less expensive E5 series. The new versions have been designed for easier integration into existing IT infrastructures. For example, all five models will share the same motherboard, BIOS, drivers, and images. Furthermore, all docking stations and accessories will be compatible across the board regardless if it is a lower-end E5 model or higher-end E7 model. This is similar to Toshiba's strategy of incorporating the same Portege docking port onto its cheaper Tecra A50-C lineup.
The new E7 series notebooks are the 13.3-inch E736, 14-inch E746, and 15.6-inch E756. Each model will carry an Intel Skylake CPU up to a Core i7-6600U with DDR4 RAM. Battery capacity will be available up to 77 Wh for runtimes of up to 15 hours, at least according to Fujitsu. Secondary batteries will be supported for runtimes totaling up to 20 hours. The three models will carry aluminum-magnesium alloy chassis.
The new E5 series notebooks are the 14-inch E645 and 15.6-inch E556. Like their higher-end siblings, Skylake is available up to a Core i7-6600U with DDR4 RAM with optical drives, secondary HDDs, and secondary batteries. However, battery capacity is limited up to 72 Wh and the notebooks will not have aluminum-magnesium alloy housings.
Fujitsu has yet to unveil starting prices for the new notebooks.