Lenovo's attempt to herald a category of mobile devices has been put off—again—as they announced today that they're ditching their custom Skylight Linux UI in favor of Android. It's a significant blow to the already dying smartbook category.
What if I told you there was an ultralight device that put all the functionality of a powerful tablet into the thinnest, lightest laptop you ever saw? It exists. It could be great. And it's dying before its time.
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.
We've seen bits and pieces of Qualcomm's FLO live TV service, curiously even on an iPhone, but at MWC it'll be showing it off on Snapdragon-powered smartbooks. It enables real-time updates via Twitter while watching live TV.
The Skylight is part netbook, part smartphone, and I'm pretty sure I could throw it 50 yards. The real question is if that makes it a game-changer or a novelty act.
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.
Intel's Atom processor is found in virtually every netbook, but others are still trying to get inside your mini-laptop. Independently, ARM and VIA are showing improved chips, but both won't touch what Intel has in store.