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Qualcomm shows first Smartbook, announces AT&T as carrier

As expected, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs unveiled the first Snapdragon-powered smartbook that will hit the US market today. The mini-laptop will be produced by Lenovo and sold by AT&T. The Qualcomm Snapdragon platform bundles a low power ARM-based CPU with integrated wireless features and graphics with 720p HD video capabilities. The chipset will be available […]

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Qualcomm to introduce first Snapdragon powered smartbook today

Chip maker Qualcomm has been showing off prototype netbooks or smartbooks using the company’s Snapdragon platform for about a year. But there’s not a single Snapdragon powered smartbook available on the market… yet. Forbes is reporting that Qualcomm plans to announce the first smartbook using its technology during an analyst meeting in New York tomorrow. […]

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Asus to launch a $180 smartbook in early 2010

Asus CEO Jerry Shen says that the company will launch a smartbook during the first quarter of 2010. There aren’t any further details, but smartbooks are typically defined as low power, 3G-enabled ultraportable laptops with ARM-based processors. There’s no word on whether the Asus smartbook would run Windows CE, Linux, or Google Android, but the […]

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Qualcomm responds to “smartbook” trademark claim

Over the past few days, the battle over the term “smartbook” has heated up a bit. A few months ago chip-maker Qualcomm started using the term to describe low power, 3G-enabled mini-laptops using ARM-based processors like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset. But a German company called Smartbook is working to protect the term, and a German court […]

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Smartbook trademark battle heats up: Qualcomm gets a restraining order

The fight over the term “smartbook” is starting to look about as contentious as the battle for “netbook.” The difference is that the Germany company that owns the trademark for Smartbook might have a better case. It’s currently selling products under the name and it’s actively working to protect the trademark just a few months […]

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The Smartbooks are coming, the Smartbooks are coming (this year)

One of the hottest product categories on display at Computex in June was the ARM-powered smartbook. These little computers look a lot like your typical netbook, but they feature low power ARM-based processors that are cheaper than most Intel chips, but a bit slower. On the bright side, many of these chips include built-in support […]

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Rumor: NVIDIA to launch Firefly smartbook (or reference design?) soon

NVIDIA may have denied that it plans to launch a Tegra-powered mini-laptop under its own brand name. But the rumor appears to be picking up steam. SemiAccurate reports that NVIDIA has built a prototype called the Firefly, which could be out as soon as September. The company is reportedly looking for ODM’s to build the […]

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Why ARM based Smartbooks might fail… and why they might not

There are two major trends in the netbook space today. On the one hand, PC makers are putting out ultraportable laptops with bigger screens and keyboards and faster processors. We’re talking 11 and 12 inch models with Intel CULV or AMD NEO chips. These machines might not strictly fit last year’s definition of a netbook. […]

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Rumor: HP working on a Qualcomm Snapdragon powered Smartbook

HP has been working with wireless carriers to sell subsidized 3G enabled netbooks for a while now, but so far all of those netbooks have been powered by Intel Atom processors. But The Street reports that the company may introduce its first ARM-based mini-laptop, or “smartbook” based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform soon. I had the […]