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Lenovo lets the sun shine on smartbook

Skylight hopes to carve a new niche
Tue Jan 05 2010, 14:13

HOT ON THE HEELS of its Edge notebook launch, Lenovo has unveiled a smartbook, dubbed Skylight.


The 'somewhere between a smartphone and a netbook' device looks a lot like a netbook, with a 10.1-inch display and a full szed keyboard, but it runs on a 1GHz processor based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset and features an instant on Linux based operating system and built-in 3G support for more smartphone-like behaviour.

Weighing in at under two pounds, the Skylight includes 20GB of standard flash based storage - about 14GB of which will be free - and Lenovo reckons that it will have over 10 hours of active battery life. Owners will also get 2GB of cloud storage thrown in as well.

The slimmed down Linux OS will come with around 18 preloaded web based widgets for popular sites and applications such as social notworking and media content providers.

"Skylight combines the long battery life and connectivity of a smartphone with the full web browsing and multimedia experience of a netbook to create one of the first devices in this developing smartbook category," said Peter Gaucher, executive director of Mobile Internet Product Management at Lenovo.

The company reckons the Skylight will be part of a growing number of devices that sit somewhere in the gap between phones and notebooks. The gap was narrowed in recent years with the development of netbooks and fully featured smartphones, with these new smartbooks and tablets tipping up to fill in the last remaining distance.

Lenovo has partnered with AT&T for mobile broadband access in the US under the operator's Dataconnect plan.

The Skylight smartbook will be coming to the US first in April, landing in China and Europe later this year. Pricing will start at $499 at full retail price, but this will almost certainly be subsidised by the network operators if bought as part of a contract. µ


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