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Kohjinsha launches impressive subnotebook with a twist

by Parm Mann on 24 June 2008, 11:20

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Q: What is it that ASUS' Eee, MSI's Wind, Dell's E and Acer's Aspire One are all missing?

A: A touch-screen that swivels and converts your subnotebook into a subtabletpc!

Fortunately for Japanese lovers of all things tablet, Kohjinsha has a solution. Its newly announced SC Series, pictured below, is a sleek-looking subnotebook that packs a 7in touch-screen that'll swivel and fold to create a tablet PC.

How's that for handy? There's more to it than just a twisty screen, too. The SC Series is keeping up with the likes of ASUS' Eee, it's powered by a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520 processor and provides 1GiB of RAM. Storage comes in the form of a 60GiB hard drive - there doesn't seem to be any mention of SSDs, but we're hopeful they're an option.

The device features a built-in TV tuner and GPS functionality, as well as a DVD drive, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, Webcam, multi-card reader, ExpressCard and USB ports. Phew!

The stylish portable weighs just 798g, and you can wear it like a handbag thanks to the dashing carry handle pictured below. What's not to like?

It all looks like a fun little package, but there's a few downers worth noting. The SC Series' OS is listed as Vista Home Premium - we dread to think how sluggish that would be with an Atom processor and 1GiB of RAM.

The bigger problem, however, is that it costs ¥99,800 in Japan. If it were to ever reach our shores, it'd do so at around £470. Still, we'd be tempted to buy one just to be a little different.

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and you can wear it like a handbag thanks to the dashing carry handle pictured below. What's not to like?

yeah… different isn't the word id use :p
Just thought I should point out that Kohjinsha have been marketing ‘subtabletpcs’ for a while now, before the announcment of this newest addition to their line up. Of course they weren't Atom powered, but hey.
It would be great if it was released over here…