David Kirkpatrick

June 3, 2009

Smartbooks are coming

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:34 pm

What? You’re just getting used to smartphones and netbooks are still something of a tiny little mystery computer? Look out because synergy is ongoing and the smartbook is the next device in the pipeline.

All joking aside price- and feature-wise smartbooks look interesting. With a port to plug in an external drive I can see these being decent alternatives to full-on laptops.

From the link:

What exactly is a smartbook, aside from a term drawn from the the obvious blend of “smartphone” and “netbook”?

Slideshow: 10 Hot Netbooks – From Pricey to Dirt Cheap

First mentioned last November in a speech by a marketing executive from hard drive maker Western Digital, a smartbook will be a computing device similar in size or slightly smaller than today’s netbook with smartphone-like features.

Glen Burchers, consumer marketing director at Freescale Semiconductor Inc., says those features could include all-day battery life, instant-on capability and “persistent connectivity,” and specs such as an ARM-based chip core, a Linux OS version like Google Inc.’s Android, and, most importantly to consumers, a price point significantly lower than today’s netbooks.

“We fully expect $199 devices with 8.9-inch screens, Wi-Fi, full-sized keyboard, 8-hour battery life, 512MB of RAM and 4-8 Gigabytes of [solid-state] storage by the end of the year,” Burchers said.

By comparison, the cheapest netbooks based on Intel Corp.’s Atom CPU, such as Hewlett-Packard Co.’s just-announced Mini 110, sell for under $300.

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