Sharp’s netbook-cum-MID is something of a surprise–a shrunken laptop running an ARM CPU and Ubuntu linux, like the Zauruses of yore.
Featuring a 1024×600 pixel display, an 800MHz Freescale chip, 4GB of flash storage and 512MB of RAM, it won’t challenge the latest from Asus and MSI on the performance front. But, like the perpetually sold-old Umid mBook, it has both a “real” qwerty keyboard and a pocket-friendly format.
The big claims, to my eye, are the 10 hour battery life and a 3-second boot time. If those are true, it’ll be a real contender. Type on these tiny keyboards, though, is a chore: Sony’s Vaio P is the smallest I’ve been comfortable with in the past.
Expect a price point around $500.
NetWalker, Sharp’s Latest Ubuntu Netbook… Is the Zaurus back? – Hands-On !!! [Akihabara News via Lilliputing and Engadget]