Sharp NetWalker brings touchscreen Ubuntu with style


Sharp’s Zaurus line of PDAs was one of the most innovative device during the time it was launched. It was already powered by Linux, but the product was finally discontinued in 2008. Sharp brings back the legacy again with the NetWalker smartbook aka PC-Z1. “Underpinning the device is an 800MHz Freescale i.MX515 CPU built around the ARM Cortex-A8 architecture, 512MB of memory, 4GB of on-board flash storage (with microSDHC expansion for another 16GB), 802.11b/g WiFi, 2x USB, and QWERTY keyboard going 68 percent of full-size.

The two main features that may have been included but is missing are the removable battery and 3G connectivity. Still, personally I don’t find it disappointing at all. The device itself looks ridiculously sleek!

Price? $479

Availability? September 2009 in Japan


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