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Marvell shows off ultrathin smartbook prototype with Armada 510 CPU

While Marvell is pushing its new Armada 610 chipset with 3D and HD graphics capabilities, the company is also showing off products this week based on its existing Armada 510 technology. Somehow I missed this one last night, but the folks at Engadget spotted an unnamed smartbook prototype with a 12.1 inch display, a full […]

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Datawind Ubisurfer: $199 buys you a 7 inch netbook + 30 hours/month mobile broadband

I just got a chance to catch up with the folks at Datawind, and while they’re a bit behind schedule, they do still plan to bring the Ubisurfer netbook to the US. The latest target date is Q2, 2010, (as opposed to October, 2009). If Datawind actually manages to launch the Ubisurfer soon, it could […]

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Lenovo Skylight: Always-connected smartbook with all-day battery

Qualcomm teased us with a brief glimpse of the Lenovo’s first smartbook using the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor a few months ago. Now Lenovo has pulled back the veil on the device it’s calling the Lenovo Skylight. At first glance, the Skylight looks like a typical netbook. It has a 10 inch display and a nearly […]

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Will Lenovo’s upcoming smartbook be called the Skylight?

We already know that Lenovo is working on a so-called smartbook, which will feature an ARM-based processor from Qualcomm. The Qualcomm Snapdragon platform enables 720p HD video playback, always-connected internet access (meaning you can receive emails and other notifications even when the device is folded up and placed in your bag), and other features designed […]

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ARM COO wants netbooks to be more than just cheap notebooks

The netbook market exploded this year, and it was arguably the brightest economic light in the computing sector. Part of the reason for netbook success? Price, of course. In a down economy, it only makes sense that lower priced computers are selling like hotcakes. ARM COO Graham Budd warns, however, that “netbooks can’t be just […]

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We may have to come up with a new name for smartbooks… but probably not

In an effort to differentiate ARM-powered, always-on, low-power mini-laptops from the more traditional PC-like netbooks that have flooded the market over the past two years, Qualcomm started suggesting we refer to the new machines as “smartbooks” earlier this year. The folks at German company Smartbook AG weren’t too pleased with that, and a few months […]

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Inventec Smartbook almost makes me think Smartbooks have a shot

There’s no question that PC makers and wireless carriers are getting ready to unveil a whole slew of low power smartbooks with ARM processors and Linux, Google Android, or Windows CE operating systems. What is still in question is whether there’s any real demand for these devices. I still kind of think that if you […]

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Qualcomm shows off new Snapdragon smartbook prototypes

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 […]