Today we had Lenovo announcing what is effectively the first commercial smartbook. It’s called Skylight and it’s one beautiful device, getting its power from Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon CPU. Rest of the specs include 3G connectivity, 20GB of flash storage, 10.1-inch 1,280×720 display, WiFi, 8GB miniSD card, two USB ports, 1.3-megapixel camera, and a battery that allows for 10 hours of work. Customized, widget-friendly version of Linux is running the show, allowing for quick access to popular social networking services, GMail, Amazon MP3, and so on.
However, I see two problems with the Skylight:
- The price – it will sell for $499. At that price it will have hard time competing with a bit more powerful netbooks.
- Size – I argued a smartbook should be smaller than existing netbooks or at least something like the Sony VAIO P.
If you’re interested, you’ll have to wait for few more months, as Lenovo plans to start selling this baby in spring. As I said, I don’t see them moving tons of Skylights, as comparable netbooks offer more power and functionality, along with more reasonable pricing. Any thoughts?
And before I let you go, we have a demo video to share. Check it out after the jump.