Lenovo Scraps Skylight Smartbook, Sets Targets for Android

World’s First Smartbook Scrapped “After Careful Consideration”

by Anton Shilov
05/28/2010 | 10:42 PM

Lenovo Group said Friday that it would not release the world’s first smartbook called Skylight. Instead, the company intends to concentrate on Google Android-based devices and some of those products may easily be a smartbook, but without Lenovo’s proprietary operating system.

 

“After careful consideration of market conditions and user feedback, Lenovo has decided to focus its resources on building a family of next-generation mobile Internet devices based upon open technologies such as (but not limited to) the Android kernel, similar to the Lenovo smartphone, which is available for sale in China now. As a result […] Lenovo has shelved its plans to release the initial version of the Skylight smartbook that featured a proprietary Linux based OS,” a statement of Lenovo, which was published by LaptopMag web-site, reads.

Lenovo Skylight smartbook was powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chip with 1GHz ARM processor core and was equipped with 10” screen (1024x600 resolution), 20GB flash storage, Wi-Fi, 3GB,  typical keyboard and so on. The system was based on a special version of Linux, hence, it did not support a lot of additional software by itself, but there were more than 18 preloaded web gadgets on Skylight, not a lot to say at least. The company intended to sell the device for $499.

The price and the proprietary nature of the Skylight did not seem to be competitive even at the first sight. Therefore, it is hardly a surprise that Lenovo decided to scrap the gadget, which cost more than some of its IdeaPad Windows-based systems.