What is a Smartbook?
Combining the words smartphone and netbook together, Qualcomm is launching an ARM-based netbook.
The smartbook is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip, which has a more powerful phone processor that runs at 1GHz and includes a variety of radio connectivity such as Wi-Fi. Qualcomm has put their chips into devices with a screen measuring some 10-12 inches that have a full keyboard. The pricing will be similar to that of a netbook.
Apparently 15 device manufacturers are using the chip in over 30 devices, including smartbooks. Mobile companies such as LG and HTC are building the devices, as are computing companies such as Asus, Acer and Toshiba. Qualcomm say the first smartbooks will be out by the end of the year.