Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) UMPC evolution

Remember that mysterious Willcom MID prototype rotating under glass at CES 2008? The one that no one, not even the Intel representatives, knew anything about?

Willcom_d4_proto

I think it turned into the Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) UMPC! It’s also the same device alluded to in March (confirmed the following month), the one that Willcom, Microsoft, and Intel were working on rolling out in July.

Given my growing obsession with the D4, I find it rather fascinating to see how it’s evolved. It’s like the gadget equivalent of watching a baby learn to sit up, crawl, and eventually walk.

Willcom_mid

Sure, it was just a long, shiny candybar that didn’t open/slide and couldn’t be removed from its base at CES, but it’s interesting that the general form factor was already in place back then. It’s also just nice when a company follows through with its promises (ahem, MSI).

[Willcom blog (translated)]
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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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