Lenovo shows ARM-powered Skylight netbook and IdeaPad notebook/tablet hybridBy Matthew DeCarlo
Lenovo is whipping up two new ARM-powered devices, the Skylight and IdeaPad U1 Hybrid. The former is an interesting take on the conventional netbook, with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 20GB of removable flash storage, a "full size" keyboard, a 10-hour battery life, and a slew of social media and Web-oriented gadgets.
The Skylight also supports Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, and can seamlessly switch between the two. AT&T will carry the device in April, which will start at $499 -- though, subsidized units are inevitable. Meanwhile, the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid is an 11.6-inch (1366x768) ultra-thin notebook with a detachable "display slate."
Default specs include an Intel Core 2 Duo SU processor, up to 4GB of RAM, two USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, VGA, HDMI, a four-in-one memory card reader, a 1.3 megapixel camera, up to eight hours of battery life, and Windows 7 Home Premium. Detaching the display provides a Snapdragon-based smart tablet running a Linux-derived Skylight interface. The IdeaPad U1 Hybrid will launch on June 1.