That Sony “netbook” might not exactly be a netbook


Did you see that the FCC paparazzi are at it again? Today’s feature photo is for a Sony device that Engadget sleuths out as roughly 9.5" x 4.5". I think that their size guess-timate is actually a little large and I suspect that this isn’t a netbook in the traditional sense. Of course, my guess is no better than anyone else’s, but here’s my thought process:

  • Based on the length and width ratio seen in the picture, this form factor is crying out to me as the clamshell resurrected. I suppose you could say all netbooks are "clamshell" to a point, but this reminds me of the old HP Jornada devices. See below.
  • There’s mention of Windows on the label, but might that mean Windows Mobile? I think it’s a possbility. Bear with me and move on the the next thought.
  • Windows Mobile would likely mean phone capabilities because there just isn’t much of a market for PDAs in this smartphone world. Hang in there…. almost done.
  • Is it common for the FCC to test the SAR, or Specific Absorption Rate, of notebook computers? I wouldn’t think so but I’ll plead ignorance here. The SAR test is generally used to measure radiation from mobile phones.

SarphantomIf SAR measurement is common on notebooks, then my best guess is all washed up. Let me re-phrase that: if SAR testing is common by putting the notebook near a fake head for testing, my best guess is all washed up. When I pored through the FCC docs, I found it odd that there was so much documentation showing the phantom head used for the SAR test. I did learn all about how they make the head, though.

In any case, this is all just a hunch on my part. I’m thinking dual-purpose device: phone and handheld computer. After all, it has the wireless bells and whistles of both: EV-DO, 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth. Plus the device was tested in and supports these data frequencies in addition to the 2.4GHz band of WiFi and Bluetooth: 824MHz to 848MHz, 1850MHz to 1910MHz.




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