Qualcomm promised devices slimmer than Intel's ultrabooks, and now it looks like it's going to make good on it.
At least two companies aim to make smartbooks different enough from laptops--and Netbooks--that consumers will take notice. Think of the device as a large smartphone.
Where Netbooks use an Intel Atom processor and, typically, Windows XP, the forthcoming smartbooks will feature ARM chip designs and Linux.
The company aims to squeeze smartbook devices into the space between notebook and Netbook PCs on the larger side, and smartphones on the smaller side.
Devices were expected to arrive this fall, and it looks like Google and its partners are on track with Chrome OS, according to a report.
Lenovo's Skylight has been delayed, and news on smartbooks in general has evaporated. What's become of last year's short-lived trend-word? Is the iPad the culprit?
A pair of the most-anticipated mobile computers from this year's CES show were Lenovo's U1 Hybrid and Skylight smartbook.
Smartbook delays are due to a lack of momentum and product clarity, say analysts. A major impediment is the lack of a standard operating system.
ARM's hope to get in on the expected smartbook trend has been thwarted by delays in Flash optimization, a lower-than-expected uptake of Linux on Netbooks, and the emergence of tablets.
With a Snapdragon processor, a touch-screen display, and Android OS, the Compaq AirLife announced at the Mobile World Congress is another in a new trend of ultracompact devices fusing laptops and smartphones.