Sharp launches world first Android netbook

Sharp is set to launch the world's first Android-powered netbook. Well... almost.

The diminutive Sharp Lynx SH-10B, which will be launched in Japan on 23 July, is a clamshell smartphone device that works as a mini-netbook.

Although the device is a (large) pocket-sized 148x83x18mm, and weighs in at just 230g, it packs in a full qwerty keyboard and trackball in addition to its 960x480 resolution, five-inch touchscreen. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are built in, and there's a 5.3-megapixel camera and additional videoconferencing cam.

The device will be available on Japanese telecom operator NTT DoCoMo's souped-up HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) 3G cellular network.

The bad news for Android watchers is that the Lynx currently only uses version 1.6, rather than the latest 2.2 Froyo release.

The device comes with 4GB of built-in flash memory, plus a 2GB Micro SD card.

You can see a video of the Lynx in action (in very enthusiastic Japanese) here.