Sharp Netwalker PC-Z1

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Sharp Corporation have announced a new mobile internet device to the Japanese market, the Netwalker PC-Z1. The new Netwalker is as easy to handle as a mobile phone but with the performance similar to that of a PC. The PC-Z1 features a quick launch function (approx. 3 seconds) enabling users to conveniently check e-mail while on the road. It also boasts a long battery life with running time of approximately 10 hours. Other features include, a 5-inch touch-screen LCD, full keyboard, runs Ubuntu Linux 9.04 OS and has 4GB of integrated flash memory for storing data. Sharp are also planning 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.
The Sharp NetWalker PC-Z1 is said to be launched in Japan on September 25th and will retail for 44,800 yen.

ARM Processor: ARM Cortex-A8

Silicon Supplier: Freescale i.MX51 multimedia applications processor

Design Supplier: 800 MHz  ARM® CortexTM -A8 processor based SoC with ARM NEONTM technology, developed applying Cadence front-end and back-end flows

Operating System: Canonical Ubuntu*7 9.04 (Smartbook* Remix for ARM-based systems, Sharp customized version)   


  • Installed OS: Linux/Ubuntu 9.04 (Smartbook Remix for ARM-based systems, Sharp customized version)
  • LCD: 5-inch, widescreen TFT LCD (Wide-SVGA resolution, LED backlit, touch-screen)
  • CPU: Freescale i.MX51 multimedia applications processor
  • Main memory: 512 MB
  • Input devices
    68-key keyboard
    Quick Launch button
  • Pointing device: Optical pointer, touch-screen
  • Storage memory: 4GB flash memory (user area: approx. 2 GB)
  • Communications function: Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11 b/g compatible)
  • Card slot: MicroSD Memory Card/microSDHC Memory Card x 1 (16 GB max.)
  • Interfaces:
    Headphone output (3.5 mm-dia. stereo mini-jack) x 1
    USB (USB 2.0 compatible) x 1
    MiniUSB (USB 2.0 compatible; miniAB connector) x 1
  • Battery operating time: Approx. 10 hours
  • Dimensions/Weight:
    Approx. 161.4 (W) x 108.7 (D) x 19.7–24.8 (H) mm
    Approx. 409 grams
  • Main software:
    Browser: Firefox®
    Flash plug-in: Adobe® Flash® LiteTM
    Mail: ThunderbirdTM
    Integrated software: OpenOffice.org
    Schedule management: Sunbird®
    Graphics: OpenOffice.org 3.0 Drawing
    Audio & video: Totem Video Player
    Accessory: gedit Text Editor
    Other: Document Viewer
    Original fonts:
    LC Font series (LC Gothic, LC Mincho Light, LC Kaisho Light, LC Mincho, LC Kaisho,
    SH Crystal Touch, SH Slim Touch, SH Kaku Pop)

Source: Sharp News

* In the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany, the use of the term "Smartbook" in connection with portable computers is reserved exclusively to Smartbook AG, Germany.