Finally something to make those new MacBooks jealous.
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.