Published on August 27th,2009 at 2:20 PM
By >Daimaou - G.G-B

NetWalker, Sharp’s Latest Ubuntu Netbook… Is the Zaurus back? – Hands-On !!!

Here’s the latest Ubuntu powered ultra compact netbook with a 5” WSVGA (1024×600) touchscreen, the NetWalker aka PC-Z1-W. This little baby is powereb by a i.MX515 Freescale CPU @ 800MHz, with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, Wi-Fi b/g witth a 68 key QWERTY keyboard, supports up to 16GB microSDHC cards and available with a 10hr battery lifespan.

While wer’re still waiting for Kei to come back from a Sharp press conference in order to shoot some live photos of the beast, he’s telling us this little baby is pretty snappy despite its Fressscale CPU. With its very compact size of only 161.4×108.7×19.7mm and 409g, the NetWalker is really worth the investment if you want to surf the Web on the go and check email. Compared with the average Netbook, the NetWalker will put to shame any EEE or other Atom wannabe compact Netbook due to its freaking small size and weight… But don’t ask much anyway, the CPU may not be able to handle heavy tasks like a ION Based Netbooks.

The bad news… According to Freescale’s Website, you might not see this product coming to the USA before September 2010, all IMX 51 or IMX515 are banned from US soil due to the United States International Trade Commission. Freescale PDF… Does it means the chipset itself or the NetWalker?

Because of an order from the United States International Trade Commission, BGA-packaged product lines and part numbers indicated here currently are not available from Freescale for import or sale in the United States prior to September 2010: i.MX51 Product Family, i.MX515 Product Family


Sharp Corporation will introduce into the Japanese market the PC-Z1, a new Mobile Internet Tool that is as easy to handle as a mobile phone and that has performance similar to that of a PC. The PC-Z1 will make its debut as a new category of mobile devices designed for the era of cloud computing.

The PC-Z1 features a quick launch function (approx. 3 seconds) similar to mobile phones, enabling users to conveniently check e-mail while on the road. Also, a long battery running time (approx. 10 hours) allows users to fully enjoy net services, such as videos or blogs. The high-resolution, 5-inch touch-screen LCD enables intuitive touch operation while the full keyboard provides for comfortable text input. Additionally, in business settings, users can create documents, spreadsheets, presentation materials, etc., and edit them stress free.

Sharp also plans to provide a variety of content for the PC-Z1, such as language and specialized-field dictionaries, novels, and comics, thus enabling the PC-Z1 to be used as an electronic dictionary and e-book.
Sharp is positioning the PC-Z1 as a third mobile tool following in the footsteps of notebook PCs and mobile phones to create a new market.

Via Sharp
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NetWalker, Sharp’s Latest Ubuntu Netbook…  Is the Zaurus back? – Hands-On !!!NetWalker, Sharp’s Latest Ubuntu Netbook…  Is the Zaurus back? – Hands-On !!!NetWalker, Sharp’s Latest Ubuntu Netbook…  Is the Zaurus back? – Hands-On !!!NetWalker, Sharp’s Latest Ubuntu Netbook…  Is the Zaurus back? – Hands-On !!!
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Comments
 

  • BoeserMann

    That would be great. Looks like it’s got the same size like the Brain.
    I am still using my Zaurus SL-C750 (Shepherd) with Ångström as OS and I really reeally like it.

  • Tsunami

    I think your facts are wrong, The ban only affects the sale of the chip themselves, but if it was part of a bigger product, it’s okay for sale in the US.

  • Sergey

    That a great news – i uses 3 different models of Zaurus during 2 years (SL-C760->1000->3100)

  • http://mackenchi.blogspot.com/ G. Curt Fiedler

    How much in Japan??

  • http://techngear.com ChinChin

    Pretty good design. I liked it in first to see.

  • http://www.akihabaranews.com Daimaou

    GiveMeTheData > Tell this to Sharp, these data were not available to the press during the conference or on Press Material… We can only report you what we have…

  • Kei

    @GiveMeTheData, you have another solution, find these vital details on other websites…

    Actually, we understand your frustration… But, if you reproach us always missing info on our news / reviews, check other websites…

    I think, this is the exact same problems for the other websites… Sometimes we can give you more details than the other, sometimes not…

    As a reader, I use to check different websites to get full info. Not only for Hi-Tech sites, but also for sports, and so on…

    We are not god, we cannot provide you everything, everytime. We can not think about everything, or ask all question. We’re also limited in time…

    And last point, this NetWalker has been introduced as an Internet machine, in order to enjoy Internet, not as a multimedia netbook…

    We are really sorry for this inconvenience…

  • http://mackenchi.blogspot.com/ G. Curt Fiedler

    RETAIL PRICE? Any info on that?

  • Scot

    Three things it needs:
    Microphone
    Camera (both for Skype)
    Bluetooth

    Get those- then we’ll talk.
    wired network would be nice, too, but manageable without.

  • http://www.laptopshunt.com/ Deny

    Yapz. It’s really useful for mobile worker who need check email eventually. Unfortunately, there’s no 3G data. And how to connect to internet if we’re not in the hotspot area?

  • boogeyman

    imX51 not for same or importation to US by companies named in the lawsuit..which is Freescale..

  • boogeyman

    @givemethedata..

    thae 515 has a h/w Video processing unit which can do the full 720p and D1 deocde..

    in fact it can do 2 simultaneous D1 decode and send out to different displays..

  • http://www.howtodetoxyourbody.net Detox Guru

    The screen is super small. My eyes are going to hurt staring at the screen. :)

 

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