We’ve seen Chinese tablets that look like phones before. But the folks at Shanzhaiben have spotted something a bit different: a netbook that thinks it’s a phone.
On paper the computer looks like a typical netbook with a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N455 processor, 10 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, and a 3700mAh battery. But those specs only tell part of the story. Because the computer actually looks like an oversized Nokia N97 smartphone — complete with a slide-out keyboard.
When folded up, the touchscreen display faces up. But when you push the screen back, a keyboard slides out from underneath, much like the keyboards on the Asus Eee Pad Slider or Samsung Sliding Series convertible tablet.
The notebook has an HDMI port, SD card slot, 3 USB ports and an audio jack. The keyboard has an island or chiclet-style layout, with flat keys and a little space between each. There’s also a Lenovo TrackPoint-like button in the center of the keyboard instead of a touchpad.
Shanzhaiben reports that the convertible tablet will sell for around $245 in China. And no, there’s no good explanation for why the computer looks so much like a phone.
via Cloned in China
This is perfect, I’ve been looking forever for a novelty, oversized phone for my urban prop comedy routines. #ISwearImNotKidding
If this thing shows up in the US I’m interested. I look at that and see a tablet that becomes a netbook when you need it. The eraser head pointer just seals the deal.
I’d prefer an ARM processor to get the improved run time but nowadays that would mean Android instead of Linux and I can blow Windows away myself but getting a normal distro on an Android machine is a PITA.
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