The Latest Good E-Reader news has Sharp announcing that they are releasing new touch screen tablet PC called the NetWalker PC-T1 to debut in Japan in May 2010.
The tablet will feature a Linux operating system and will have a new 800MHz Freescale i.MX515 processor. It will also feature 1024 x 600 resolution and have a WSVGA touch screen display that measures 5-inches in. The Sharp tablet also includes 512 MB RAM, 8GB hard disk drive, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology.
The Ubuntu 9.04 OS is overlaid with a custom Sharp interface. Preloaded apps include Firefox, Thunderbird and Open Office. The device will read XMDF format books, with 101 e-books pre-installed.
The tablet weighs about 0.6lbs and its removable battery is rated at six hours of life. A stylus is included, and the PC-T1 can be had in silver or black.
Pricing for the Sharp NetWalker PC-T1 tablet has been set at 47,000 Yen which works out to about $500.00 US. This seems to be an exclusive Japan only launch and will only be available to people who pick one up via Importers or popular sites such as Ebay.