Sharp has just announced the NetWalker PC-T1 Ubuntu-based PDA “NetWalker”. According to the press release PC-T1 will be released in late May.
NetWalker PC-T1 features 5 inch(1024*600) touchscreen LCD, multimedia application processor i.MX515 by Freescale Semiconductor, 512 MB memory, 1.5 GB storage, IEEE802.11 b/g wireless LAN, microSDHC-compatible card slot, standard USB port and Mini USB port. Basically the same as the first generation NetWalker released last summer. All that good stuff is tempered by a mediocre 6-hour battery life.
Comes in two colours, silver and black.Opting for stylus/finger based touchscreen input instead of a full keyboard, the new model weighs only 280g whilst its predecessor weighs 408g. Can be connected to Bluetooth keyboard via Bluetooth 2.1＋EDR connection.
Pre-installed softwares include OpenOffice.org, Mozilla Thunderbird, Mozilla Firefox, Adobe Flash Lite 3 and 12 useful dictionaries such as Super Daijirin 3.0 and Genius English-Japanese Dictionary 4th Edition. Over 25,000 titles of Japanese e-books are available on Sharp’s e-book retailer NetWalker Library. Seems like Sharp is aiming to replace handheld electronic dictionaries as well as e-book readers with this Smartbook/PDA.
The NetWalker PC-T1 will hit Japan next month for around 47,000 Yen (about $500).