While we’re waiting for Lenovo to launch the first commercially available smartbook with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Qualcomm has been showing off a few other prototypes.
SlashGear snagged some images and a bit o video of a new mini-laptop running Google Android as well as a non-working tablet concept that could serve double duty as a laptop-style device thanks to an optional wireless keyboard.
I have to say, I had kind of expecting so-called smartbooks, which blur the line between and always-on, always-connected smartphone and a laptop to be smaller than netbooks. Some of the earliest prototypes I’d seen had 7 or 8 inch displays and looked like they’d be even easier to slip into a bag than a netbook. But you know what? I don’t think it’s the screen size that’s made 10 inches the standard size for today’s Intel Atom powered netbooks. It’s the keyboard size. If you have a screen smaller than 10 inches, it’s hard to have a comfortable keyboard that you can type at full speed on.
SlashGear said the Android prototype with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor felt just as responsive as a typical netbook running Windows.
You can check out a brief video after the break.