Sharp blurred the lines between PDAs and laptops a few years ago with its line of Zaurus handhelds that ran Linux, had QWERTY keyboards, and fit in your pocket. They were way too small to compete with modern netbooks, but they offered a ton of features that you couldn’t find on normal PDAs.
So I’m pretty excited to see Sharp getting ready to enter the netbook game. Akihabara News reports that Sharp is set to introduce a new mini-laptop as part of its Mebius line next week. There’s pretty much zero information about the upcoming netbook. I wouldn’t be surprised if it looks a lot like every other mini-laptop on the market with a 10 inch display, Intel Atom CPU, and so on… But if Sharp brings some of the outside of the box thinking that it used on the Zaurus line to the table, the company could have something really cool in store for us.
On the other hand, Sharp has released a number of high priced ultraportables under the Mebius name in the past, so it’s possible that the new product could just be another high performance subnotebook with a price tag too high to really compete in the netbook space.
What would you like to see from a Sharp netbook?