Kohjinsha EX6 11.6″ Convertible pushes definition of netbook

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.

Comments

  1. Nameless says

    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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