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Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid notebook/tablet hands-on

Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid notebook/tablet hands-on

Out of everything Lenovo have announced at CES 2010, the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Notebook is perhaps the most eye-catching. Already being compared by some to the much-loved HP tc1x00, the IdeaPad U1 features a removable multitouch-touchscreen slate which can be docked into a notebook form-factor. We grabbed some hands-on time with the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid at CES Unplugged this evening; check out our first-impressions and video after the cut.

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Lenovo Skylight Smartbook official: AT&T 3G, 1GHz Snapdragon & 10hrs battery

Lenovo Skylight Smartbook official: AT&T 3G, 1GHz Snapdragon & 10hrs battery

As expected, Lenovo have announced details of their first Smartbook - in fact the first ARM-based, Qualcomm Snapdragon smartbook in the industry - at CES 2010 this week, the Lenovo Skylight.  The 10.1-inch 1280 x 720 ultraportable has a 1GHz processor, integrated quadband 3G with AT&T service in the US, and battery life of over 10hrs.  Lenovo preload the Linux OS with various web widgets, including Amazon MP3 download access and YouTube.

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Freescale Smartbook Tablet reference revealed: $200 all-day 3G slate

Freescale Smartbook Tablet reference revealed: $200 all-day 3G slate

The Smartbook promise is full connectivity and low price, and if Freescale can successfully sell their new Smartbook Tablet reference design to their OEM partners then it stands a good chance at delivering on both.  The 7-inch touchscreen slate has integrated WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and optional 3G, and is powered by a Freescale i.MX515 applications chipset based on an ARM Cortex A8 CPU.  Best of all, they reckon pricing could realistically start at under $200.

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NVIDIA Tegra 2 promised for CES: smartbooks, MIDs and smartphones in 2010

NVIDIA Tegra 2 promised for CES: smartbooks, MIDs and smartphones in 2010

Various mouth-watering rumors about NVIDIA's next-gen Tegra 2 chipset have been circulating recently, but the company is promising not only details of their HD-capable low power chips at CES 2010 in January but hardware from OEM partners.  According to Michael Hara, senior vice president of investor relations and communications at the company, the first half of 2010 will see the launch of tablet PCs, smartbooks, netbooks and MIDs all based on Tegra 2.

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Qualcomm working with OS devs for “two-handed smartphone” Smartbook platform

Qualcomm working with OS devs for “two-handed smartphone” Smartbook platform

On of CES' more interesting launches will be the Lenovo Smartbook, the first confirmed model of the new segment.  While Lenovo themselves have been frustratingly quiet regarding the Smartbook's specifications, and the segment as a whole is relatively poorly understood, a recent interview with Qualcomm's Steve Mollenkopf has got us wondering just how the platform will be differentiated from regular netbooks.  Mollenkopf describes them as representing a new paradigm: "a smartphone-type operating system, but for a two-handed device".

Pegatron Smartbook caught in wild (again)

Pegatron Smartbook caught in wild (again)

We were only talking earlier on today about Pegatron's Smartbook plans, and then along comes Shanzai with a quick hands-on report with one of the company's first models.  There's no telling whether this is merely a prototype or something we'll see in Q1 2010 with a brand-name plastered across it, but we do know it was featured at ARM's "Technical Symposium 2009" in Taipei this week.

Multiple Smartbooks arriving in Q1 2010 claim Pegatron

Multiple Smartbooks arriving in Q1 2010 claim Pegatron

Having had a reasonably prolonged fondle with Quanta's Android Smartbook prototype yesterday, we're actually quite excited by the platform's prospects.  According to one of Pegatron's general business managers, we shouldn't have too long to wait, either; Jeremy Shu is claiming that the company has received orders from a number of clients for large volumes of Smartbooks, and he expects them to launch in Q1 2010 alongside carrier partnerships for the integrated 3G connectivity.

ASUS Eee PC 1201N arriving December; Smartbook delayed until Q2 2010?

ASUS Eee PC 1201N arriving December; Smartbook delayed until Q2 2010?

According to ASUS UK, the company's upcoming Eee PC 1201N complete with NVIDIA Ion graphics will be arriving in stores come December.  Speaking to Electricpig, the company confirmed that the 12-inch Ion machine was imminent, but are yet to define the actual specifications.  Meanwhile, ASUS' first Smartbook has apparently been delayed according to a market specialist at the company, and is now not expected until Q2 2010.

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