Lenovo unveils ARM-based Skylight smartbook

Lenovo has taken the wraps off its first smartbook, dubbed Skylight.

Skylight forgoes Intel’s Atom in favour of Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon platform, which uses ARM’s low-power processors.

It also features a customised Linux operating system offering a series of web gadgets linking to Gmail, Facebook, YouTube, Amazon’s MP3 store, and Roxio’s CinemaNow.

Lenovo claims this should help customers used to Windows acclimatise to the new operating system.

“There is no exposure of Linux to the customers. What we wanted to make is an interface that’s completely custom and easy to use,” says Ninis Samuel, consumer marketing director at Lenovo.

There is no exposure of Linux to the customers. What we wanted to make is an interface that’s completely custom and easy to use

Beneath the 10in 1,280 x 720 screen there’s 20GB of flash storage, an 8GB miniSD card and 2GB of cloud storage space.

Lenovo claims the Skylight is aimed primarily at people looking to get online, and to that end it features Wi-Fi and an inbuilt 3G connection.

While it all sounds fairly routine, Lenovo claims the Skylight weighs under 1Kg and will features 10 hours of battery life. However, these advantages could be offset by the cost.

The smartbook will sell for $499 in the US, and though Lenovo says it will be available in the UK later this year, the company has not specified a date, or price for the smartbook.

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