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Kohjinsha EX6 11.6″ Convertible pushes definition of netbook

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Word from jkkmobile this morning about a new convertible netbook, the Kohjinsha EX6, was both welcomed and puzzling. Welcomed in that we always love to know about new mobile computers, particularly when they’re sporting touchscreens. Puzzling in that it’s being called a “netbook” despite having an 11″ screen, optical drive, and price tag well within full notebook pricing. Check out the specs:

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  • 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 touch screen (no surprise, but Engadget reports it is resistive)
  • 1.6Ghz Intel Atom N270 with 1 to 2 GB RAM
  • 160GB 2.5″ SATA 5400 rpm HDD
  • DVD multi burner
  • 1Gbit LAN
  • WiFi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth ver 2.0+EDR
  • Express card 34
  • Dual camera (front+back)
  • Stick pointer (on side of screen)
  • Rotation, shutter and multi-rocker buttons
  • Track pad pointer
  • 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1x SDHC, 1x microSDHC
  • 1x analog VGA out
  • size: 300 x 231.5 x 26-33.8 mm
  • weight with battery: 1.7Kg
  • battery: 2600mAh [14.8V]

Sounds like a fine machine to me, but the only thing netbook-ish about it is the Atom processor. The reseller that calls it a netbook, Conics.net, even offers Windows XP Pro as an OS option, breaking the current XP Home limitation on netbooks. I’m guessing they’re primarily taking advantage of the netbook buzz, but Intel is willing to play it loose with definitions as long as the device houses an Intel processor. Regardless of what it should be called (I’m going with convertible notebook), it’s an impressive looking tablet. More photos on the official website (in Japanese), though none in slate mode.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com

1 Comment

  1. Nameless

    08/20/2009 at 2:46 pm

    XP Professional, but not XP Tablet PC Edition? Come on…

    Something tells me that it’s 500+ US$ in the end, though, which is too bad since we could use something like this UNDER the 500 US$ mark.

    Also, it looks like a fairly well-designed tablet convertible. Just needs a Wacom or N-Trig digitizer instead of pure resistive, and a version of Windows meant for Tablet PC use.

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