Always Innovating's Smart Book breaks the traditional netbook into pieces. A touchscreen VoIP phone, a tablet, and a keyboard. Use them apart, or combine them into a full-powered device when you have to. Buy one device, carry what you need.
To get the bad news over with first: this is just a concept. Put down your Visa card. Freescale's been exploring the various shapes and uses tablets could take over the years, with this smartbook concept being ideal for DJs.
LG's only sold two netbooks since entering the market in 2008—that's two models, not two units, though I wouldn't be surprised if the sales figures aren't too far off, considering they were pretty average. Enter the X20.
The $199 Freescale Smartbook Tablet reference design was supposed to be the tablet design that OEMs could easily use to get a product to market fast and cheap. Maybe, but that doesn't mean it's very usable.
The Skylight is Lenovo's entrant into the nascent smartbook category, and with Qualcomm providing its ballyhooed 1GHz Snapdragon chipset, it may well be an important evolutionary step in mobile computing.
Freescsale, supplier of the chip that powers the Kindle as well as about 70% of the ebook market, has just developed a 7-inch tablet reference design that will basically be the genesis of many tablets starting 2010. And it's $199.
A bunch of great netbook upgrades are on the way—next-gen Intel processors in January; smooth HD video playback—but to spare you the brain hemorrhage of keeping track, we've laid it all out. Here's what you need to know.
Qualcomm is showing off its newest smartbook concept. It's a Snapdragon-powered, 10-incher for which they've already secured AT&T backing. Let's hope this isn't another disappointing and unholy union of a smartphone and a netbook.