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Lenovo To Debut Android Based Smartbook

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.

Unsurprisingly (at least not for us), the smartbook is running Google's Android OS and Lenovo has already said two weeks ago that it will be launching its range of smartbook.

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.

Our Comments

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.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.