Sharp Unveils NetWalker Mini-NetbookBy Chris Weiss
Attempting to satisfy demand for new and innovative gadgets in every shape, size and configuration possible, Sharp has introduced the NetWalker mini-netbook. Seeking to provide a compromise between the compact size of a smartphone and the user-friendly Web browsing interface of a netbook, the fold-up device offers both a touchscreen and full keyboard. Sharp introduced the NetWalker for Japan’s CEATEC.
With a 5-inch screen, users get a bigger template on which to view websites and applications, and the keyboard provides the seamless navigation that is so lacking on touchscreen phones. Additionally, the Netwalker serves as an electronic dictionary and e-reader. Ubuntu is the OS behind the NetWalker and other features include Wi Fi, USB port, 4GB of memory, microSD slot and optical pointer. Battery life is rated at 10 hours.
The NetWalker will hit Japan later this month.
At some point manufacturers designing split-the-difference, hybrid devices are going to hit a wall. However, the NetWalker seems like a very functional solution for those that don’t enjoy navigating or reading/viewing content on a small touchscreen and don’t want to lug around a full size netbook. At a price of 44, 800 yen ($500), the question remains: just how much is that split functionality worth? [via Dvice]