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Sharp Debuts Mebius NJ70A 10.1in Netbook

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Sharp Debuts Netbook With LCD Touchpad

Sharp has seemingly managed to create the impossible: a netbook which stands out from the crowd! The Mebius NJ70A, may appear like just another 10.1in sub-laptop, but opened up its party piece is revealed: a touch-sensitive LCD instead of a touchpad.

The 4in lower display has a fantastic 854 x 480 pixel resolution, is LED-backlit and is multi-touch capable, although a stylus does seem to be needed - as demonstrated it the video below - for some use.

Other that the touchscreen, the NJ70A is standard netbook fare. Its 10.1in main display has a 1,024 x 600 pixel resolution; processing power is provided by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU paired with 1GB of RAM, though upgrading to 2GB is possible. Connectivity comes courtesy Ethernet, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Whether the Mobius NJ70A will be available outside of Japan is unknown and pricing is a likewise mystery. I doubt there's much demand for such as netbook, though, innovative as it is.

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Sharp (Google translated).

Via Akihabara News.

Xiphias

April 22, 2009, 7:42 pm

I'm struggling to think of anything that this can do that a tablet can't do better.

Xamph

April 22, 2009, 10:21 pm

Not to mention the fact that the touchpad's resolution is nearly as good as the main screen's.

ilovethemonkeyhead

April 22, 2009, 10:40 pm

windows side bar, in game messages, battery information... this needs to be on a proper laptop.

jingyeow

April 22, 2009, 11:13 pm

Unfortunately it won't take off unless support is given by Windows. Whilst touch-screen computers have been around for a while, it's taken industry leaders to actually take it mainstream, as it will possibly do when Windows 7 emerges.





It has so many functions. When watching a movie, it could become the media controls. Answer Skype calls. Live rss feed updates, picture slideshow...endless possibilities with little prospect of mainsteam support due to the technicalities.

Xiphias

April 23, 2009, 6:20 am

In game messages? You should have to look down and away from the game to read your messages?





I've never received a skype call but I assume it pops up a dialogue box to tell you there's an incoming call, and if you want to accept it you can just hit that big return key on your keyboard.





Isn't the touchpad already used for media player control? I know a click (tap) is the pause/play button and the vertical scroll is the volume on my usual media player, I don't have horizontal scroll on my mouse but I wouldn't be surprised if that was fast forward/rewind.





Picture slideshow: You've got a huge screen right above, why would you use the little one for viewing pictures?





Battery indicator: so little information is required that on a 10" or above screen you're not going to notice the size it takes up on the main screen.

TheFlyingGerbil

April 23, 2009, 7:24 pm

That video was so weird with they music over the top and the ...sounds... at the beginning and end!

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