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The Lenovo Skylight is the industry’s first smartbook, an ultraportable laptop based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (a low-power phone chipset with integrated WiFi & 3G connectivity). It features a full-size keyboard, 10.1″ high-resolution display, and a custom Linux OS for easy web access.

Lenovo estimates up to 10 hours of usage, delivering on Qualcomm’s claim for an “all-day” battery. Much like a cellphone, the device is meant to be charged overnight and used during the day with no strings attached. At under 2 lbs, the Skylight is thinner and lighter than most netbooks.

The Skylight will be available in April 2010 and retail for $499. Those who sign up for AT&T data plans will get discounted pricing. [View a quick hands-on at Engadget.]

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Vocab Review

Netbook: mobile mini-laptop with the brains of a Windows PC (Intel Atom), runs Windows
Smartbook: mobile mini-laptop with the brains of a smartphone (Qualcomm Snapdragon), strictly non-Windows

The differences are in weight, price, battery life, storage, and OS.

Question of the day:
If Verizon has the larger 3G network in the US, why do netbook and smartbook companies continue to partner with AT&T?

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Adam Benton imagines this is what it will look like:
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 “Apple is working with the four largest record labels to stimulate digital sales of albums by bundling a new interactive booklet, sleeve notes and other interactive features with music downloads, in a move it hopes will change buying trends on its online iTunes store…The new touch-sensitive device Apple is working on will have a screen that may be up to 10 inches diagonally. It will connect to the internet like the iPod Touch – probably without phone capability but with access to Apple’s online stores .” [via FT]

It had to happen. Apple couldn’t have held out forever on this netbook market. People are scrambling for every penny in this recession, especially in California (where they are experience a fiscal nightmare to end all nightmares). A lower price point will be much appreciated.

Patents have been afoot; there have been rumors about an affordable, oversized iPod Touch AKA “iTablet” for months. How much will it cost? What kind of screen will it have? And how gorgeous will it look…

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vaioWIf Sony is willing to stoop down and serve out netbooks (VAOI W Series, starting at $499), then the sky’s the limit. A Sony executive once condemned $300 laptops as a “race to the bottom” that would hurt the PC industry in the long run.

asus1000heThe all new 1000HE model (6-cell) is advertised as having 9.5 hours of battery life, meaning 7 to 8 hours with normal use. It’s also the first to use the new Intel Atom 280 processor. Pre-order one now and save $25 off MSRP of $399! [via BBG]

My Asus 1000HA (6-cell) only gives me a measly-by-comparison 5 hours on a single charge. Sigh. I am jealous. $374 is a bargain. Now if I could step back in time…

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