First Centrino Atom computer hits Japan in June: Sharp’s D4

Img01Japan will see one of the first computers powered by the Centrino Atom come June: Sharp’s D4 ultramobile PC. It’s definitely portable, might be pocketable at 84 x 192 x 26 millimeters and should weigh about one pound. The device will be sold through Willcom, a mobile carrier, for $395 but customers will have a two-year commitment around $21 a month which includes unlimited data.Somewhat surprising to me is that the D4 will run Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium; I’d be curious to see how the device handles Vista with the 1.33 GHz Atom and 1 GB of RAM. The D4 also has a 40 GB hard drive, a slide-out keypad with 64 keys and a 5-inch display that tilts slightly. Not a bad price for such a device, but it’s likely that Willcom is subsidizing it to a degree. The entire design looks similar to the approach of the HTC Shift, only smaller.(via InfoWorld)