Japanese geeks offered smaller-than-Eee little laptop
Twee tablet, anyone?
Japanese laptop maker Kohjinsha has rolled out a pair of Eee PC challengers, taking on the elfin sub-notebook with a pair of similarly sized tablet-style units incorporating 80GB hard drives.
Kohjinsha's SA5KXO8AL: watch out, Eee PC
Fortunately, neither the SA5KXO8AL and SA5KXO8FL run Windows' Tablet PC Edition - they come pre-loaded with XP Home Edition instead. The operating system runs on the machines' 500MHz AMD Geode LX800 processor, which is backed with 512MB of 333MHz DDR 2 memory and said HDD.
Like the Eee, the Kohjinsha SCCs (Small, Cheap Computers™) sport 7in, 800 x 480, LED-backlit displays, though here they're mounted on a swivel to allow them to be used tablet-fashion.
The new sub-notebooks measure 218 x 163 x 25.4mm - all slightly less than the Eee's dimensions. But the Eee's lighter: 890g to 945g.
The Kohjinsha SCCs have 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and 10/100Mb/s Ethernet for connectivity. They have two USB ports, a three-in-one memory card reader, a CompactFlash slot, audio jacks and a VGA connector.
Kohjinsha claims the units' battery is good for up to five hours' runtime.
The SA5KXO8AL is priced at ¥59,800 ($591/£300/€374), the SA5KXO8FL at ¥79,800 - the premium buys you a copy of Office 2007 Personal Edition.
Ahead of the competition.
I recall Apple produced a eMate 300 similar to this. Moral of the story, buy an Apple and stay years ahead of your competition.
there's no such thing as a japanese geek
the whole island is so fricken weird, there's no geeks. they all dress weird and listen to jpop and eat fish eyeballs and speak really fast japanese. they're all strange. still, cool umpc.
Dear Uncle Joe, EVERYTHING in Japan is more expensive than anywhere else, even Japanese made products. So the Japanese price is merely a guide to the actual price elsewhere. Try to get the HK or Singapore price. That will be more realistic !!
nothing like competition to keep everyone keen!
they will need to release this with SSD tho. this space should NOT be populated with HD based machines, imo.
tracking this space here, kids! ;)
all welcome :)
Now if only someone would (re-)invent one of those most wonderful gadgets!