Wireless chip group Qualcomm Inc. has started promoting the concept of the ‘smartbook’, powered by the latest 1GHz versions of its Snapdragon chipsets, and described as taking the best of what a netbook and smartphone has to offer in terms of functionality and performance.
Screen sizes will go up to 12 inches, using a WXGA resolution of 1280×768 pixels. The product would typically have a battery life of up to eight hours, based on active usage. The devices will have Bluetooth, GPS and HD video playback, and will likely run on Linux with a smartphone-like user interface.
The key to the smartbook’s success will be the level of PC functionality and crucially the look and feel of the user interface.