Sharp Mebius NJ70A

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Back when I was a kid, the most interesting technology I was able to reach wasn't much - my father's stereo (Japanese made, it was a Casio or a Sharp, I can't really remember that), my uncle's boombox, and my best friend's pickup. The good part of this is that most of them worked flawlessly for a few decades, with my uncle's boombox still rockin' after over 30 years since its manufacture. I would really like to see a working 1st gen iPod in 2030...but let's get to the point now, shall we?

So, we're talking about another Atom-based netbook. What's so special about it? If you didn't get it by looking at the image above, then let me tell you this - the Sharp Mebius NJ70A features a 10.1 inch wide display with a 1024X600 pixels resolution, as well as a secondary 4 inch display. More than that, we're talking about a touchpad display, having no less than 854x480 resolution!

Available for $999, the Sharp Mebius NJ70A also comes with 1GB of memory, of which 256MB are shared with the integrated graphics chip, 160GB hard disk drive, 802.11b/g and Bluetooth connectivity, but I think the OS was an extremely bad choice, because running Windows Vista Home Basic on a computer with less than 1GB of memory doesn't look like a bright idea to me.

Of course, you can easily get more memory, but that would also take the price to new heights, so why not come up with a custom-made Linux distro for this beauty, and a slightly better hardware setup? Good question, but I am not working for Sharp, so I can't answer it...

At last, you should know that June 5th is the day when the Sharp Mebius NJ70A will start shipping, but if you really want to get one(available in black or white), you should be aware that there's only a Japanese International Layout keyboard available for now.

With more and more netbooks popping up in the market each day there is an imminent threat of identity crisis as one looks like a clone of the other, but not with the new Sharp Mebius PC-NJ70A. Sharp’s new netbook sports a dazzling secondary display on the trackpad. Yes! We have seen a few dual display screens but nothing like this. Sharp has doubled its trackpad as a secondary LCD display with resolution of 854 x 480. This innovative 4-inch touchscreen trackpad/display can automatically adjust to brightness and you can also browse files with it. It can also be used as a game controller and as an application launcher.

Apart from this the Sharp Mebius PC-NJ70A has ubiquitous features like the 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, Ethernet, WiFi, BlueTooth 2.1+EDR , multiformat memory card reader, VGA, audio in/out, 3 USB ports and weighs 1.46Kg. The regular display measures 10.1 inch with resolution of 1024 x 600. The whole system measures 260 x 190 x 23.3-39.8mm and promises up to 3 hours of run time with a standard battery.

The Mebius PC-NJ70A is currently available in Japan for about 80,000 yen and is rumored to arrive in the U.S through Dynamism for about $999!


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