Sharp has just announced what is being described as the first computer that will hit the market using Intel’s new low-voltage, high-power Atom processor. The Sharp D4 will be out in Japan in June for ¥39,800 or about $395 US. But there’s a catch. Users will also have to purchase a 2-year data plan for ¥2,100 per month, more than doubling the price. Engadget reports you can also pick up a D4 with no data plan, but it will set you back ¥128,600 or about $1250 US.
Still, the D4 looks pretty sweet:
- 1.33GHz Atom processor
- 5 inch 1024 x 600 pixel display
- 1GB RAM
- 40GB hard drive
- 2 MP camera
- 64-key slide-out keyboard
- WiFi and Bluetooth
- Windows Vista Home Premium and Microsoft Office Personal 2007
- Dimensions: 192 mm x 26 mm
- Weight: 470 grams
- Optional Bluetooth phone handset
- Optional GPS receiver
While the Sharp D4 is the first Atom-based computer to get a release date, it certainly won’t be the last. Intel officials say 20 more devices will be ready to ship soon.
most of the other micro laptops tout battery life. i wonder what this device can achieve. new architecture might be more frugal.
hate that it’s windows. really hate that it’s vista. quite expensive as well. keyboard arrangement looks very similar to the nokia 810 which i don’t like. i can get comfortable with a lot of laptop keyboards but i felt that when holding the device and trying to type it felt very uncomfortable.
would love to know what the boot time is on this device.
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