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Qualcomm Reveals First Lenovo Smartbook

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The 'smartbook' platform has been much touted by chip maker ARM and its main third party manufacturer Qualcomm and now it seems Lenovo is also aboard...

In a preview as fleeting as Dell with each new Adamo generation, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs used the company's financial analyst meeting to briefly hold up Lenovo's previously secret offering: a red ultra slim laptop he described as thinner than a Palm Pre (16.95mm).

Virtually nothing was given away about the machine and this, remarkably, seems the best photo available. Predictably however we did learn it will have full Flash Player 10 implementation, support HD video playback and use a Qualcomm chipset (presumably a version of Snapdragon). The smartbook will also come with embedded WiFi, GPS, and 3G. No information was given as to the OS, but as ARM-based chips can't run desktop editions of Windows it is likely to be a Linux variant.

Is this all a waste of time? Perhaps swimming against the tide, I'd actually say no. A new category name does little to win fans over (much like the perversely branded Via Netnote), but in a time when netbooks seem to have forgotten what a netbook is supposed to be smartbooks ring true with that original - and still hugely valid - idea. That being create an ultra cheap (sub £200) and portable (sub 9in screen) laptop with extreme battery life and extensive mobile connectivity. A genuine smartphone/notebook hybrid.

Whether the smartbook, netnote, etc are the brands to do it remain to be seen, but I firmly believe if netbooks increasingly don't want to fill their original space then someone else will...

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via Electronista

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