Sunday, 29 April 2007

Cathena CX FCC Approaved or Not?

I have been looking through the FCC database and can find no reference to the Cathena CX from Data Evolution, so has this unit been FCC approved? If this unit does get FCC approval then it should also pass the European CE certification, which will be good for all those in Europe that would like to buy a Kohji but want to buy in their own country with support and warranty, and not have to import from outside Europe.

If anyone from Data Evolution, Kohjinsha or Inventec are reading this blog please post your comments on the certification issue.

Kohjinsha SA1F00V and SA1F00W Delays

I'm not sure why, but Kohjinsha have delayed the release of the SA1F00V and SA1F00W until the 5th May. The original release date was the 28th April, which was when all orders were to be shipped, but some unknown reason it has put back a week.

Thursday, 26 April 2007

Kohjinsha Popularity

Just how popular is the Kohjinsha SA1 series UMPC? Since the 9th of April 2007 this blog has had over 800 visits. Looking at the map below it is clear that there is a lot of interest in the Kohjinsha from Europe and the US, so looks like Data Evalution could be on to a winner with their fully certified Cathena.

If you are reading this blog please post your thoughts on your Kohjinsha.

Kohjinsha becomes Cathena

Looks like Kohjinsha, or the makers Inventec have recognised that the SA1 series UMPC has a much wider appeal than just in Japan, and now the US are getting a fully approved FCC certified SA1 from Data Evolution called the Cathena CX

Now all we need is a CE certified SA1 for Europe - come on Kohjinsha or Inventec

For details see

Source: UMPC Portal

Monday, 23 April 2007

Kohjinsha SA1F00V and SA1F00W Official

Kohjinsha have officialy announced the touchscreen versions of their SA1F series, and whilst I had the model names wrong, the information was correct.

Kohjinsha SA1F00V (Black) Spec
  • Microsoft® Windows XP Home Edition SP2
  • AMD® Geode™ - LX800
  • 512MB PC2700 (SODIMM DDR333)
  • 100GB
  • Bluetooth Ver and 2.0+EDR
  • Wireless LAN: IEEE802.11 b/g conformity
  • Touch screen attaching 7 type wide TFT color liquid crystal
  • Approximately 990g (at the time of battery installing)

Kohjinsha SA1F00W (White) Spec
  • Microsoft® Windows XP Home Edition SP2
  • AMD® Geode™ - LX800
  • 512MB PC2700 (SODIMM DDR333)
  • 100GB
  • Bluetooth Ver and 2.0+EDR
  • Wireless LAN: IEEE802.11 b/g conformity
  • Touch screen attaching 7 type wide TFT color liquid crystal
  • Approximately 990g (at the time of battery installing)
These are both the Japanese version and will be shipping from the 28th April.

Sunday, 22 April 2007

More Kohjinsha SA18 Details

If my sources are correct there will be 2 new models announced soon, which should be as follows.

Kohjinsha SA18 Specs

Release Date: April 2007
Processor: LX800
Colour: Black or White
HDD: 100GB
Display: 7" Touch Screen
OS: Windows XP Home (Japanese) although this will be replaced with English OS by exporters
Keyboard: Japanese

Kohjinsha SA18 Plus Specs

Release Date: May/June 2007
Processor: LX800
Colour: Black or White
HDD: 100GB
Display: 7" Touch Screen
OS: Windows XP Home (English)
Keyboard: US

There will also be a black 40GB HDD version released around May/June, which could be the SA18 Plus.

Saturday, 21 April 2007

Kohjinsha SA18 to be announced?

For some time now there has be rumours about a touch screen version of the Kohjinsha SA series, and if the post by imgod2 is correct then it will be called the SA18, and will have a touchscreen, US keyboard and English OS.

Below is the post from imgod2.

" imgod2 said... The new model is called SA18 - Singapore.

It will have a touchscreen, US keyboard and English OS."

I have known for some time about this device, but not the name, and I had been asked not to report until officially announced, but as someone from the region has reported its name and some of the details i have decided to write this post.

There are still some unanswered questions, that even my source will not answer, like

1. Will the Kohjinsha be CE, FCC and RoHS compliant, and therefore be legally sold outside of Japan?

2. Will it have the LX900 processor?

3. If sold with XP Home what touchscreen software will be provided with it?

4. Will the new model have as indicated a true US keyboard, and if so does this keyboard work correctly, and not suffer like the current models?

These are just 4 of the questions I have, which will be hopefully answered with the official announcement of the new device.

As soon as we have official word we will announce the device and specs, so keep watching.

Note to imgod2, if you have specs and photo's of the SA18 please post.

Update: The new Kohjinsha will be released in 2 versions, the first will be the Japan model which will have the Japanese OS and keyboard and will be available this month. There will now be a second model for Singapore that will have a US keyboard and OS, but will not be available until May/June.

Monday, 9 April 2007

Kohjinsha Case

Since having my Kohjinsha I have been looking for a better carry case than the one supplied as standard. My white Kohjinsha was supplied with a basic cushioned case, but has an open end which means you have to go careful when carrying it, to ensure it does not drop out. Also being white the case has become very dirty looking. After some hunting I discovered that Pocket PC Solutions were selling a ZeroShock case designed for a 10.4" laptop that was the perfect size for the Kohjinsha or a UMPC. I have received the case and I am very pleased with it, and wish I had had it for my trip to Portugal. The case is zipped so there are no worries about the Kohjinsha dropping out of the case, and it is rugged enough to protect from knocks and bumps. The case also has an outer zipped pocket that would be ideal for carrying your passport and airline tickets. The case is available in black (which is what I ordered) or Orange; both are priced at £24.99 and are available from

Sunday, 8 April 2007

My Views on the Kohjinsha

Having now used my Kohjinsha for the past few weeks it has proved to be the perfect traveling companion. I am not going to write a review as there have been enough reviews already written on this mini laptop (I will list all the reviews in a new post). I call it a mini laptop because whilst it has the same screen size as a UMPC’s (7”) it has no touch screen, so can not be called a UMPC. Instead I would call it a “Mini Notebook”. Like all the other reviews the keyboard is the only thing I would complain about, which by todays standards is not acceptable, but that said it is not as bad as I had thought, although this is probably due to the fact that I am a heavy handed typist. The Kohjinsha with its 4-5hr battery life is perfect for travelers, who do not need a powerful laptop, and in fact I am typing this whilst on a flight from London to Lisbon, Portugal and it sits very nicely on the drop down tray.

What is the Kohjinsha.

  • A Mini Notebook.
  • The perfect traveler’s companion.
  • A PDA replacement.

What the Kohjinsha is not.

  • A UMPC
  • A powerful laptop.

Who is the Kohjinsha ideal for.

  • A frequent traveler.
  • A student
  • Anyone who needs a cheap ultra compact laptop

What is the Kohjinsha ideal for.

  • Email
  • Internet
  • Music (MP3’s, iTunes, Video, photo’s)
  • Office apps
  • Presentations

All-in-all the Kojinsha is ideal for anyone looking for a compact and ultra portable computer, which I would highly recommend.

Sunday, 1 April 2007

2 New Kohjinsha's

Kohjinsha have released 2 new models, the SA1F00E and SA1F00H. The SA1F00E is the same as my Kohjinsha SA1F00D, which is white, but the new unit has a 100GB HDD. The SA1F00H also has a 100GB HDD, but is available in BLACK!!!!

The new BLACK Kohjinsha SA1F00H.

For more info on the models check out these links.

Kohjinsha SA1F00H (Black)

Kohjinsha SA1F00E (White)

All we need now is for a touch screen version to be released!!!