Japanese firms KDDI and Sharp are showing off a new pair of Android MIDs, likely to tempt the placement of the moniker ‘smartbook‘ from those with a taste for such language. It’s called the Sharp IS01, and it’s basically a tiny 3G enabled netbook rocking the Qualcomm Snapdragon, a 5-inch 960 x 480 display with multitiouch functionality, QWERTY keyboard, and a host of other features including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
It comes with some Japan-only quirks as well – a 1-Seg TV tuner, IrDA, and a pair of cameras (5.27 megapixel on the back and 0.43 megapixel on the front for video calls). You can use either microSD or the onboards memory allocation of 3 GB.
The Sharp IS01 will run for 310 minutes of talking or up to 200 hours of standby time. This October, consumers should be getting a taste, and developers will be looking at their own version as early as May 2010.
The Sharp NJ70A netbook is eclectic, adding an Intel Atom N2709 CPU and Intel 945GSE Express chipset to the common 1 GB RAM/160 GB HDD setup. However, it changes the game by adding an optical sensor LCD pad for improved usability and awesomeness.
The Sharp NJ70A will run Windows 7 Starter Edition.
If you’re itching for a multitouch netbook and just aren’t interested in Windows 7, Sharp may have answered your prayers with the Ubuntu Linux NetWalker PC-Z1 netbook, announced this week at CEATEC in Japan.
The netbook is pretty tiny, with a 5-inch touchscreen interface. However, it has a number of other attractive features, like three-second quick boot, a USB port, Wi-Fi, 4 Gigs of memory, and a microSD memory card slot.
The Netwalker PC-Z1 netbook comes with an optical pointer and is designed to work particularly well as an electronic dictionary or e-reader. Battery life is a godly 10 hours and pricing isn’t terrible either – 44,800 yen ($500). While initially slated at $479 for September 25, that date has obviously passed, so you can expect the Netwalker PC-Z1 netbook in Japan late this October.
Netbooks are small in general, but the Sharp NetWalker PC-Z1 pretty much takes the cake. With a 5-inch display and QWERTY keyboard, this midget of a machine looks more like an MID than anything else.
However, it features a full OS (Ubuntu Linux), a 1024 x 600 touchscreen display, and the 800 MHz Freescale i.MX515 CPU. Flash storage is a miniscule 4 GB, and RAM is only 512 MB.
Ports and other features are surprisingly luxurious, including 2 USB ports, a microSDHC expansion port, and Wi-Fi.
Japanese consumers will get the Sharp Netwalker PC-Z1 as early as September 25th for around $479. We’ll have to wait and see if US markets will get access to this little netbook for now, but we’ll have the news for you as soon as it’s out there. Stay tuned.
The Sharp Mebius is to be available for purchase in the United States starting in June 2009. With a price tag of $999, what’s special about this machine is its LCD trackpad, which can be used as both a trackpad as well as a handwriting recognition pad.
The LCD screen on the trackpad has 854×480 resolution and the screen can be used for e-mailing, among other functions. Other than this unique feature though, the netbook is just like any other netbook out there. For those who are looking for a practical and economical netbook, this would probably not be the most ideal purchase, but for those interested in the latest tech gadgets, this would be a device to look into.
The new Sharp Mebius NJ70A netbook has been making headlines with its LCD trackpad, and a new video of it’s capability was recently put up by Akihabara News for your viewing pleasure.
The video displays some features of the trackpad, which works a bit like an iPhone with its pinch and rotate multitouch gestures. You can configure the screen for a few different functions, including some kind of bowling game (shown above).
However, Sharp has been sure to let everyone know that the netbook’s mini-touchscreen actually uses optical sensors to detect your finger or a stylus, which is apparently different than the technology the iPhone uses.
At around $800-$820, it’s second to only a few netbooks in the pricetag category. We’ll be seeing if it works hard enough to merit your extra $400 quite soon.
Sharp ‘s newest Mebius PC-NJ70A netbook comes with something unique – a trackpad that doubles as an LCD display! This trackpad allows users to adjust screen brightness and browse and run applications. The technical specifications of the NJ170A netbook include a 10.1-inch display with 1024×600 resolution, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 160 GB hard drive, 3 USB ports, wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, and a memory card reader.
It is uncertain when or even if this netbook will be released in the United States, but it’s rumored to be selling in Japan for 80,000 yen, roughly $800 (U.S. Dollars)…quite the price tag for a netbook!
Seeing an opportunity to break into the netbook market, Sharp will be releasing their new line of Mebius netbooks in roughly a week. Currently, there is not yet substantial information on this line of portable computing devices, but to fans of the Sharp brand … be sure to be on the lookout for this new product!