had the chance to take the Atom-based Willcom D4 / Sharp WS016SH
for a spin in Tokyo. Although they only got hands-on with a near-final, engineering prototype, the kids at Aki came away impressed. Sure, the yet-to-be-optimized hardware still struggled a bit with Vista. Nevertheless, Aki remains enthusiastic about the OneSeg device toting a sliding / tilting 5-inch, LED-backlit 1,024 x 600 touchscreen display with WiFi and Japanese W-SIM
. With this, Lenovo's ideapad U8
, and other Intel Atom-based MIDs
on the immediate
horizon, these bigger than a cellphone smaller than a laptop handhelds look to be fulfilling the ultra-portable 2006 Origami promise
... finally, in the second half of 2008. Lengthy video available after the break.