Feb 24, 2010

Lenovo Skylight Smartbook - looks SMART!

Click Video Lenovo Skylight Smartbook at CES 2010 from Youtube

The Lenovo Skylight's ultra thin, cool designer shape that definitely makes the smartbook stick out. It appears to have a sturdy build despite it's under 2lbs frame, making it perfect for travel. Read on for specs and a spec-comparison to the Nokia booklet.

Detailed Spech + Impressions of the Lenovo Skylight Smartbook

The Lenovo Skylight Smartbook also comes with a full sized island keyboard and a touchpad that supports two finger scrolling.

- Processor - 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon platfrom
- OS - Based on Linux - on start, shows you apps of social networks & sites you're likely to friction (gmail, youtube etc)
- Memory - 8 GB and comes with a 4GB stick (upgradeable to 16GB)
- Storage - 20GB flash storage + 2 GB cloud storage
- Display - high res. 10.6 screen (1280 x 720)- makes 720p video look great
- Connectivity - built in 3G that runs on AT&T, WiFi
- Ports - HDMI, 1 normal USB, 1 USB stick which fits into the top of the netbook (above the keyboard), 1.3MP webcam
- Battery - claims 10 hours battery life, Gizmodo putr it at 8hours, make it 4 if you're using it full-capacity
- Weight - less than lbs
- Dimension: 10 x 7.9 x [0.7" to 0.74"]
- Colors - Lotus Blue and Earth Red

The Lenovo Skylight interface of Linux is the best I've seen so far (I've done 0 research when it comes to Linux though), and the shape & design of this netbook is actually enough to convince me to try Linux out. The size, light weight, built in 3G just make this seem like the ultimate portable device. Unfortunately, it's priced pretty high at $500 from Lenovo.com or cheaper with a 2 year contract from AT&T. Word is it'll be out Stateside in April - hopefully prices will take a dip by then.

Compared to the Nokia Booklet

Both have island-keyboards, the Nokia Booklet is 'heavier' at 2.76lbs, same dimensions though. The Nokia Booklet also comes with an Intel Atom processor - 1.6GHz Z530. Before you think this makes it automatically better than the Lenovo Skylight's 1GHz snapdron, keep in mind the Nokia Booklet needs to power a more intensive Windows 7 operating system. The Nokia Booklet comes with a 'generic' shape, but it's aluminum finish sure looks sexay. Also the Nokia Booklet has Bluetooth.

The Nokia Booklet is available at $600 without the AT&T subsidy, and for $300 with it. About a $100 more than the Lenovo Skylight. Hmm.

By Nidhi, http://netbook10.com

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