Apple newly released iPad has created a new wave of keyboard-less tablet PC among consumer space. And in order to follow the trend, there are some handheld makers that actually refreshed and came out with new series of tablet PC, hoping to compete and gain some market shares in this competitive world. Similarly to Sharp, the famous Japanese handheld device maker has just added a new product under NetWalker family and named as PC-T1, it is powered by Freescale i.MX515 CPU running at 800MHz preloaded with Ubuntu Linux Operating System.
Unlike its predecessor, NetWalker PC-Z1 that comes with QWERTY hard keyboard, the new PC-T1 will be featured with five-inch resistive touch screen to simplify the input method even including handwriting recognition, while still maintaining similar optical pointing device as per PC-Z1. In terms of hardware specifications, it is still powered by Freescale i.MX515 ARM Cortex based architecture supported with internal 512MB RAM, as well as commonly available USB 2.0 host and expandable microSD slot for external storage. But one thing worth to mentioned is the new refreshed PC-T1 will have 8GB internal flash memory instead of only 4GB in its predecessor PC-Z1. Other features include 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 and many more that makes it a powerful mobile tablet PC companion for frequent travelers, especially with its lightweight of merely 280g and battery life of approximately 6 hours.
Preloaded with customized Ubuntu Linux version 9.04 with applications like OpenOffice.org 3.0, Flash Lite, Firefox, e-reader software and etc, Netwalker PC-T1 will be available by end of May this year but with no pricing availability at this moment.