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Lenovo Launches Curvy ARM-based Smartbook

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 7 comments

Continuing the barrage of notebook announcements for this week, Lenovo is the proud parent of a bouncing baby smartbook, the SkyLight.

With all the Pine Trail lovin' we'll be seeing over the next few weeks, it's nice to see a big name company going for an ARM processor. Based on Snapdragon, this little machine boasts a 10.1-inch (1,280 x 720) display, 20GB of flash storage, 2GB of cloud storage, an 8GB miniSD card, 2xUSB, WiFi, the obligatory 1.3 megapixel camera and a battery that Lenovo says lasts 10 hours on a full charge. The whole thing weighs in at a little under two pounds.

Engadget reports that the the unit will ship this April preloaded with 18 web gadgets (including portals to Amazon MP3, Facebook, Gmail and YouTube). The device will also be available through AT&T but it's unclear whether or not the carrier will subsidize the Skylight if you're willing to sign a contract.

The price for the device is set at $499 (MSRP). A little steep but not insane for a high-end netbook.

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    starryman , January 5, 2010 5:34 PM
    Curvy? Come on now... that looks ovaly.
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    WheelsOfConfusion , January 5, 2010 7:40 PM
    I think $500 is insane for a netbook, expecially since Cortex8-based processors just aren't as powerful as an Atom and you can't get them with Windows.
    I like the concept of ARM+Linux "netbooks," but not if they're priced that much higher than EeePCs.
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    HansVonOhain , January 5, 2010 7:49 PM
    For the stuff you get, I think it is a good deal.
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    lifelesspoet , January 5, 2010 8:42 PM
    Everything I could ever want in a small laptop, plus 300 dollars.
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    Anonymous , January 5, 2010 11:19 PM
    I'd buy anything other than a Lenovo.
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    Kelavarus , January 6, 2010 5:35 AM
    That thing looks really weird, and I dunno... Would definitely have to see how it performs to judge it. Even the newest netbooks can still have issues running just minimal apps on XP, and take an -age- booting up. Maybe this would run smoothly not using XP, as well as boot faster? Don't know.
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    anamaniac , January 6, 2010 1:41 PM
    I like it.
    However, that Asus laptop with a i7 and a 5870 is more my style. =D