Need a portable computer with a decent-sized display, all-day battery life and easy portability? The nascent smartbook category just might be what you've been waiting for. And the upcoming Lenovo Skylight sure looks like it fits the bill.
An underpowered computer, it won't exactly pose a challenge for your heavy computing machines. For web apps, browsing and data communication, though, it might prove a compelling replacement to your favorite netbook or laptop.
Powered by the much-ballyhooed 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and sporting a 10.1-inch LCD, the Lenovo Skylight should afford users a more complete mobile internet experience than any smartphone can provide. It comes with a full-sized physical keyboard, 20GB of onboard flash storage, custom UI (not sure if it's Unix-based) and a slew of web gadgets (for direct access to online services). Preloaded apps include YouTube, Gmail, and Amazon MP3.
Shell is a slim and sexy affair, with a form that's thinner than many smartphones. It's equipped with both Wi-Fi and 3G (under AT&T's network) connectivity, with the ability to switch between the two depending on availability. More importantly, the device is extremely portable at under two pounds, all while touting up to 10-plus hours of active battery life. Yep, that's 10 hours of your life down the drain reading Facebook and Twitter while you're out and about.
The Lenovo Skylight will be available on full retail for $499. Those who want it subsidized can get it with a two-year AT&T plan, though price has not been revealed. It will be available in the US beginning April, with China and Europe next on the pipe.
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