Convertible laptops tend to carry a significant premium over more traditional models. But this new laptop bucks that trend; the Nanote is set to land in Japan at only 19,800 yen (that’s about US$185/£150/AU$285).
The device’s unique selling points are its 360 degree hinge and miniscule 7-inch touch screen display – matched by an equally tiny price tag.
The Nanote resembles the Chuwi Minibook we reviewed last year, but is even smaller at 181x114x19.6mm (with a weight of 520g). As you might expect, its miniature footprint means it suffers from the same constraints; there’s no trackpad (only an optical touch sensor) and the keyboard is cramped.
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The rest of the specification makes it painfully obvious that corners have been cut to keep the price down. The Nanote features a 5-year old Intel Atom x5-Z8350, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB eMMC storage.
The display has a 1920×1200 pixel resolution and the device also features a microHDMI port, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD slot, USB 3.0 and Type-C ports, a 5,000 mAh battery, VGA webcam, 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.
Manufactured by a Japanese firm, it looks highly unlikely the Nanote will be available outside its country of origin for the time being.
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