Qualcomm has demoed a new Lenovo Quanta smartbook that runs using a 1GHz Snapdragon ARM-based processor, the same type that powers the Toshiba TG01, the HD2 and so many current generation super smartphones.
Interestingly, Lenovo has already developed a smartphone using the same exact components which means that a dual manufacturing line with a single R&D team is feasible.
This would mean that other Android smartphone manufacturers - HTC and Acer notably - could possibly start selling Smartbooks as well. Back to the Lenovo Quanta model, this one was captured by Silicon at a recent Qualcomm press conference.
It bears all the hallmarks of the reference design that has been circulating for a few months already. Quanta will apparently be producing any Lenovo model; readers will remember that the pink smartbook we previewed back in August 2009 was produced by Pegatron, which is an offshoot of Asus, one of the more prominent netbook manufacturers.
The Lenovo Quanta smartbook not only appears to have a much classier finish - think Sony finish - but it also has a 1GHz processor, what seems to be a 10-inch screen, always on 3G, WiFi and a properly designed keyboard.
We sincerely think that 2010 will be the year when the smartbook will supersede the netbook. There are already signs of this happening as Digitimes has reported high order volumes for the smartbook.