Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) reported battery life

Willcom_d4_batt_estI’m still waiting for confirmation on this, but being that everyone is either well into their evenings or even early mornings (it’s still mid-afternoon on Friday here in Hawaii), I’ll throw this out there now as weekend food for thought.

I’m considering the Atom-based Willcom D4 as my next significant purchase, you see, so I’m always on the lookout for importers to turn to when my gadget addiction and shopaholic nature get the best of me. GeekStuff4U was the first to begin taking preorders, but since they’re not expecting the unit to be in stock until June 20th, their prices fluctuate, and the specs list is missing battery information, I still do regular searches for other alternatives. During today’s hunt I came across Direct from Japan, an importer that’s priced D4 preorders at $1539 (a bit higher than GS4U), offers free worldwide shipping, and provides runtime information.

According to DFJ’s product page, the Willcom D4 will have a 5- to 6-hour battery life. As far as I know, this is the first time since the device’s unveiling last month that any kind of figure/estimate has been given. Whether it’s actually true remains to be seen, of course, but it’s not a bad place to start.

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8 thoughts on “Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) reported battery life

  • the cell features only work in japan because of the w-sim and phs network. as long as you’ve got a 3g phone with bluetooth, the d4’s lack of 3g is not a deal killer.

  • $1539 for that???

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  • Try….

    I’ve been in touch with Brett there since this was announced….he should have better price than others….


  • Why would you consider buying this, if you have the Shift. I am not sure how this unit can work really on a daily basis

  • @ david: Unadulterated gadget lust. I have absolutely zero need for it; I just want it! :-)

  • I think this is more of the shape that more mainstream users would want. For me I think the other UMPC’s are the toys as they are too large to be carried in your pocket and lack a real keyboard. It would be great if they make one for the US market as we are behind in cellular and do not have wimax yet but even with the wimax features lost here in the US I see this a lot more usable than other UMPC’s

  • I would want that over a shift as I want the mobility of carrying it in my coat pocket. A little pricey but if nothing made for the US comes out; I’d consider buying one.


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