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CES 2010 Sheds Light on Lenovo Skylight
Leading smartbook manufacturer, Lenovo just unveiled its latest invention, the new Skylight. A very thin and light looking smartbook is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and has a very good battery life of ten hours. The ARM-based processor is certainly finding its feet in mobile and computers market. While there’s nothing new or interesting in configuration of Lenovo Skylight, it’s got pretty good looks and performance to cover for it.
The 10.1 inch screen has a resolution of 1280×700 which is generally standard for similar mini-laptops. But, there is a huge frame surrounding the screen which looks really awful. All this space is wasted just for a 1.3 megapixel camera. Round edges and very thin form factor make this notebook a pretty good looking entry from Lenovo. While there are questions about performance of 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Lenovo believes that it is more than enough for netizens.
One of the few interesting features of Skylight is a unique flip-out slot for USB port. It would be great to utilize the port for an extra USB device like portable storage drive with some extra backup capacity to support its internal cloud-storage system. Lenovo Skylight is preloaded with Custom Linux which makes it very efficient as far as resource management is concerned.
The notebook will be available in two colors- Earth red and lotus blue. Well, there’s some cheer for entertainment seekers. The new toy from Lenovo supports HD playback and 720p support which is pretty good for a 1 GHz Snapdragon based processor. The keyboard is a little different with some space between the buttons to make it comfortable for larger palms.
It’s a real tossup to choose between regular netbook with a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor and the new Lenovo Skylight. Considering the price of $499, it is not really risky to say that offered specs are not worth it. One would think that a Snapdragon based PC is not worth more than about $200. You can get a regular notebook with a lot better specifications than Lenovo Skylight for about $50 extra. But for users who are not really concerned about specifications and need something compact and light to work on.