While consumers still grapple with selections like laptops, netbooks and tablets, manufacturers keep busy filling in those mail-slit-sized product gaps with new devices – smartbooks, a hybrid of a smartphone and a computer.
Lenovo has introduced its Skylight Smartbook – an always-connected mobile device in a sleek package. The Skylight, which has a rather toy-like appearance, features a 10.1-inch screen and full keyboard. The ultra-slim device is based on an 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor based on the ARM architecture and runs on a custom Linux system that features Web gadgets for accessing your favorites like Gmail and Facebook–18 of those gadgets come pre-installed.
The Skylight offers a claimed 10 hours of battery life, 20 gigs of flash memory and 2 GB of Lenovo cloud-based storage. Connections include 2 USBs, micro-SDHC and SD slots, mini-HDMI and SIM card slot. The Skylight also includes Wi-Fi and 3G, with AT&T as the carrier. The latter will need to slash a significant piece of the $499 retail (say $300 or so) off the top to make this one a blip on buyers’ radars.
The question is whether there are enough people who want one of these smartbooks, given that a lot of people already have netbooks, laptops and smartphones ans so on.
Lenovo is also introducing a bunch of other products. The IdeaCentre A300, for example, is billed as the industry’s thinnest all-in-one Windows 7 desktop computer, combining a monitor and computer in the same housing. It is just 18.5 millimeters thick and has a 21.5-inch high-definition flat-panel monitor. It comes with Intel Core 2 Duo processors and offers an entertainment-oriented experience.
The company is also introducing a number of IdeaPad laptop computers and some new netbooks. For full list check the next link. [via VentureBeat]