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Smartbook

A smartbook was a class of mobile device that combined certain features of both a smartphone and netbook computer, produced between 2009 and 2010. Smartbooks were advertised with features such as always on, all-day battery life, 3G, or Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS (all typically found in smartphones) in a laptop or tablet-style body with a screen size of 5 to 10 inches and a physical or soft touchscreen keyboard.

Wistron Pursebook, with1 GHz Snapdragon ARM CPU (April 2009).

A German company sold laptops under the brand Smartbook and held a trademark for the word in many countries (not including some big markets like United States, China, Japan, or India). It acted to preempt others from using the term smartbook to describe their products.

Smartbooks tended to be designed more for entertainment purposes than for productivity and typically targeted to work with online applications. They were projected to be sold subsidized through mobile network operators, like mobile phones, along with a wireless data plan.

The advent of much more popular tablets like Android tablets and the iPad, coupled with the prevailing popularity of conventional desktop computers and laptops have displaced the smartbook.

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The smartbook concept was mentioned by Qualcomm in May 2009 during marketing for its Snapdragon technology, with products expected later that year. Difficulties in adapting key software (in particular, Adobe's proprietary Flash Player) to the ARM architecture delayed releases until the first quarter of 2010.

Smartbooks would have been powered by processors which were more energy-efficient than traditional ones typically found in desktop and laptop computers. The first smartbooks were expected to use variants of the Linux operating system, such as Google's Android or Chrome OS. The ARM processor would have allowed them to achieve longer battery life than many larger devices using x86 processors. In February 2010, ABI Research projected that 163 million smartbooks would ship in 2015.

In many countries the word Smartbook was a trademark registered by Smartbook AG. In August 2009 a German court ruled Qualcomm must block access from Germany to all its webpages containing the word Smartbook unless Smartbook AG is mentioned. Smartbook AG defended its trademark. A February 2010 ruling prevented Lenovo from using the term.

By the end of 2010, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs admitted that tablet computers such as the iPad already occupied the niche of the smartbook, so the name was dropped. In February 2011 Qualcomm won its legal battle when the German patent office ruled the words "smart" and "book" could be used. However, several trademarks have been registered.

Always Innovating Touch Book

In March 2009 the Always Innovating company announced the Touch Book. It was based on the Texas Instruments OMAP 3530 which implemented the ARM Cortex-A8 architecture. It was originally developed from the Texas Instruments Beagle Board. It had a touchscreen and a detachable keyboard which contained a second battery. The device came with a Linux operating system and the company offered to license their hardware designs.

Sharp Netwalker

The Sharp PC-Z1 as seen on IFA 2009

Sharp Electronics, introduced their PC-Z1 "Netwalker" device in August 2009 with a promised ship date of October 2009. It featured a 5.5" touchscreen, runs Ubuntu on an ARM Cortex-A8 based Freescale i.MX515 and was packaged in a small clamshell design. Sharp reported the device weighs less than 500 grams and will run 10 hours on one battery charge. The device is said to run 720p video, and have both 2D and 3D graphics acceleration. It comes with Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 installed.

Pegatron prototype

Pegatron, an Asus company, showed a working prototype of a smartbook in August 2009. It consisted of an ARM Cortex-A8 based Freescale i.MX515 supports 2D/3D graphics as well as 720p HD video, 512 MB DDR2 RAM, 1024x600 8.9" LCD screen, Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11g and run off a SD card. It also featured one USB and one micro USB port, a VGA port as well as a card reader. The smartbook ran Ubuntu Netbook 9.04 and contained a version of Adobe Flash Player which was out of date. The bill of materials for the Pegatron smartbook prototype was $120.

In November 2009 Pegatron said it had received a large number of orders for smartbooks that would launch in early 2010. The devices were rumored to sell for about $200 when subsidized. Asus announced plans to release their own smartbook in the first quarter of 2010.

Lenovo Skylight

Main article: Lenovo Skylight

Qualcomm was expected to announce a smartbook on November 12, 2009 at an analyst meeting. A Lenovo device concept was shown, and announced in January 2010. In May 2010 the Skylight was cancelled.

Compaq Airlife 100

In late January 2010 a U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) listing featured a device from HP that was referred as smartbook, while a prototype of the same device was already shown earlier. In beginning February on Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, HP announced it will bring this device to market. The specifications will most likely be following:

In the end of March 2010 the smartbook made an appearance at FCC again, this time listing its 3G capabilities. According to FCC, the device will support GSM 850 and 1900, as well as WCDMA II and V bands. These WCDMA bands may indicate the usage in AT&T network in the United States. Details of the product is now available on the HP website.

Toshiba AC100

Main article: Toshiba AC100

In June 2010, a smartbook device from Toshiba was announced. It features Nvidia Tegra processor and is able to remain in stand-by mode for up to 7 days. The device was officially available at the Toshiba United Kingdom site. Originally delivered with Android v2.1 (upgradable to v2.2 since 2011 ) it can also be modified to run a customized Linux distribution.

In Japan, was sold as "Dynabook AZ".

Genesi Efika MX

The Genesi company announced an MX Smartbook as part of their Efika line in August 2010. It was originally priced at US$349, and some reviewers questioned if it was small enough to fit this definition. It is ostensibly a derivative of the above-mentioned Pegatron design.

Others

In September 2009, Foxconn announced it is working on smartbook development. In November 2009, a Quanta Computer pre-production Snapdragon powered sample smartbook device that ran Android was unveiled. Companies like Acer Inc. planned to release a smartbook, but due to the popularity of tablets, MacBook Air and Ultrabooks, plans were scrapped.

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Smartbook Language Watch Edit A smartbook was a class of mobile device that combined certain features of both a smartphone and netbook computer produced between 2009 and 2010 1 Smartbooks were advertised with features such as always on all day battery life 3G or Wi Fi connectivity and GPS all typically found in smartphones in a laptop or tablet style body with a screen size of 5 to 10 inches and a physical or soft touchscreen keyboard 2 Wistron Pursebook with 1 GHz Snapdragon ARM CPU April 2009 A German company sold laptops under the brand Smartbook and held a trademark for the word in many countries not including some big markets like United States China Japan or India It acted to preempt others from using the term smartbook to describe their products 3 4 Smartbooks tended to be designed more for entertainment purposes than for productivity and typically targeted to work with online applications 5 They were projected to be sold subsidized through mobile network operators like mobile phones along with a wireless data plan 6 The advent of much more popular tablets like Android tablets and the iPad coupled with the prevailing popularity of conventional desktop computers and laptops have displaced the smartbook 7 Contents 1 History 2 Designs 2 1 Always Innovating Touch Book 2 2 Sharp Netwalker 2 3 Pegatron prototype 2 4 Lenovo Skylight 2 5 Compaq Airlife 100 2 6 Toshiba AC100 2 7 Genesi Efika MX 2 8 Others 3 See also 4 References 5 External links 5 1 News storiesHistory EditThe smartbook concept was mentioned by Qualcomm in May 2009 during marketing for its Snapdragon technology with products expected later that year 8 Difficulties in adapting key software in particular Adobe s proprietary Flash Player to the ARM architecture 9 delayed releases until the first quarter of 2010 10 Smartbooks would have been powered by processors which were more energy efficient than traditional ones typically found in desktop and laptop computers 1 The first smartbooks were expected to use variants of the Linux operating system such as Google s Android or Chrome OS The ARM processor would have allowed them to achieve longer battery life than many larger devices using x86 processors 8 9 In February 2010 ABI Research projected that 163 million smartbooks would ship in 2015 11 In many countries the word Smartbook was a trademark registered by Smartbook AG 12 13 In August 2009 a German court ruled Qualcomm must block access from Germany to all its webpages containing the word Smartbook unless Smartbook AG is mentioned 14 Smartbook AG defended its trademark 4 15 A February 2010 ruling prevented Lenovo from using the term 16 By the end of 2010 Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs admitted that tablet computers such as the iPad already occupied the niche of the smartbook so the name was dropped 7 In February 2011 Qualcomm won its legal battle when the German patent office ruled the words smart and book could be used 17 However several trademarks have been registered 18 19 20 21 Designs EditAlways Innovating Touch Book Edit In March 2009 the Always Innovating company announced the Touch Book 22 It was based on the Texas Instruments OMAP 3530 which implemented the ARM Cortex A8 architecture It was originally developed from the Texas Instruments Beagle Board It had a touchscreen and a detachable keyboard which contained a second battery The device came with a Linux operating system and the company offered to license their hardware designs 22 23 24 Sharp Netwalker Edit The Sharp PC Z1 as seen on IFA 2009 Sharp Electronics introduced their PC Z1 Netwalker device in August 2009 with a promised ship date of October 2009 It featured a 5 5 touchscreen runs Ubuntu on an ARM Cortex A8 based Freescale i MX515 and was packaged in a small clamshell design Sharp reported the device weighs less than 500 grams and will run 10 hours on one battery charge The device is said to run 720p video and have both 2D and 3D graphics acceleration It comes with Adobe Flash Lite 3 1 installed 25 Pegatron prototype Edit Pegatron an Asus company showed a working prototype of a smartbook in August 2009 It consisted of an ARM Cortex A8 based Freescale i MX515 supports 2D 3D graphics as well as 720p HD video 512 MB DDR2 RAM 1024x600 8 9 LCD screen Bluetooth 2 0 802 11g and run off a SD card It also featured one USB and one micro USB port a VGA port as well as a card reader The smartbook ran Ubuntu Netbook 9 04 and contained a version of Adobe Flash Player which was out of date The bill of materials for the Pegatron smartbook prototype was 120 26 In November 2009 Pegatron said it had received a large number of orders for smartbooks that would launch in early 2010 The devices were rumored to sell for about 200 when subsidized Asus announced plans to release their own smartbook in the first quarter of 2010 27 Lenovo Skylight Edit Main article Lenovo Skylight Qualcomm was expected to announce a smartbook on November 12 2009 at an analyst meeting 28 A Lenovo device concept was shown and announced in January 2010 In May 2010 the Skylight was cancelled 29 Compaq Airlife 100 Edit In late January 2010 a U S Federal Communications Commission FCC listing featured a device from HP that was referred as smartbook while a prototype of the same device was already shown earlier In beginning February on Mobile World Congress in Barcelona HP announced it will bring this device to market The specifications will most likely be following 30 31 32 33 CPU 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor Operating system Android Display 10 1 inch touchscreen Storage 16 GB SSD Networking 3G and Wi Fi Battery up to 12 hours 10 days in standby mode In the end of March 2010 the smartbook made an appearance at FCC again this time listing its 3G capabilities According to FCC the device will support GSM 850 and 1900 as well as WCDMA II and V bands These WCDMA bands may indicate the usage in AT amp T network in the United States 34 35 Details of the product is now available on the HP website 36 37 Toshiba AC100 Edit Main article Toshiba AC100 In June 2010 a smartbook device from Toshiba was announced It features Nvidia Tegra processor and is able to remain in stand by mode for up to 7 days 38 39 The device was officially available at the Toshiba United Kingdom site 40 Originally delivered with Android v2 1 upgradable to v2 2 since 2011 41 it can also be modified to run a customized Linux distribution In Japan was sold as Dynabook AZ Genesi Efika MX Edit The Genesi company announced an MX Smartbook as part of their Efika line in August 2010 42 It was originally priced at US 349 and some reviewers questioned if it was small enough to fit this definition 43 44 It is ostensibly a derivative of the above mentioned Pegatron design Others Edit In September 2009 Foxconn announced it is working on smartbook development 45 In November 2009 a Quanta Computer pre production Snapdragon powered sample smartbook device that ran Android was unveiled 46 47 Companies like Acer Inc planned to release a smartbook but due to the popularity of tablets MacBook Air and Ultrabooks plans were scrapped 48 See also EditMobile internet device Ultra mobile PC Virtual keyboard Netbook SubnotebookReferences Edit a b Scott Stein January 10 2010 CES What exactly is a smartbook Highlights from the show floor CNET Networks Retrieved June 5 2011 A related smartbook definition is given by Freescale http smartmobiledevices wordpress com 2009 07 23 smartbook vs netbook David Adams December 16 2009 Publishers Caught in Smartbook Dispute OSnews blog Retrieved June 6 2011 a b Smartbook AG web site Archived from the original on February 11 2009 Retrieved June 5 2011 Schofield Jack 2009 07 29 The smartbook has been waiting 28 years to be the next best thing The Guardian London Retrieved 2010 05 23 Priya Ganapat December 15 2008 The Next Netbook Trend Cellphone Like Contract Deals Wired Gaget Lab blog Retrieved June 5 2011 a b Chris Davies September 8 2010 Tablets killed Smartbooks says Qualcomm CEO Slashgear blog Retrieved June 5 2011 a b John Walke May 29 2009 Qualcomm touts the smartbook to rival netbooks smartphones EE Times Retrieved June 5 2011 a b Don Clark 2009 12 29 Smartbooks Latest to Join Crowded Computer Market The Wall Street Journal Smart book Roll out in the 1Q of Next Year etnews co kr Retrieved 14 January 2017 163 Million Smartbooks Expected to Ship in 2015 News release ABI Research February 22 2010 Retrieved June 5 2011 International Mark 1015854 smartbook Schreiben vom Anwalt Ich darf das Wort Smartbook nicht mehr benutzen YuccaTree Post yuccatree de 28 August 2009 Retrieved 14 January 2017 Marken Arger ums Smartbook Heise mobil August 31 2009 Retrieved June 5 2011 German Elizabeth Woyke November 17 2009 Qualcomm s Smartbook Dispute Forbes Retrieved June 5 2011 Agam Shah February 11 2010 German Court Orders Lenovo to Stop Using smartbook PC World Retrieved June 5 2011 Tim Stevens February 18 2011 Qualcomm fends off Smartbook AG can legally write smartbook on the platform s tombstone Engadget com blog Retrieved June 6 2011 DPMAregister Marken Registerauskunft dpma de Retrieved 14 January 2017 DPMAregister Marken Registerauskunft dpma de Retrieved 14 January 2017 DPMAregister Marken Registerauskunft dpma de Retrieved 14 January 2017 DPMAregister Marken Registerauskunft dpma de Retrieved 14 January 2017 a b Always Innovating official web site Retrieved June 5 2011 Jane McEntegart March 2 2009 Net Tablet Always Innovating Touch Book Tom s Hardware web site Retrieved June 5 2011 Chris Davies August 20 2009 Always Innovating Touch Book gets unboxed first impressions mixed Slashgear blog Retrieved June 5 2011 Sharp to Launch Ultramobile Device With Arm Chip PC World Athow Desire 19 August 2009 UK Exclusive Preview Pink Pegatron Smartbook itproportal com Retrieved 14 January 2017 13 55 30 Oct 2009 at tweet btn Tony Smith Asus CEO signals Q1 2010 smartbook launch theregister co uk Retrieved 14 January 2017 CS1 maint numeric names authors list link Elizabeth Woyke November 10 2009 Qualcomm To Announce First Smartbook Forbes Retrieved June 5 2011 Lenovo Skylight Light up your web official web site Lenovo Group May 28 2010 Retrieved June 5 2011 Compaq Airlife 100 puts Android OS Snapdragon CPU and an SSD behind 10 1 inch touchscreen engadget com Retrieved 14 January 2017 Compaq Airlife 100 se adelanta al MWC Netbook tactil con SSD y Android Charbax 17 February 2010 HP Compaq Airlife 100 Android Laptop at Mobile World Congress 2010 Retrieved 14 January 2017 via YouTube 1 Compaq Airlife 100 passes through the FCC with AT amp T 3G bands Wirelessgoodness com 2010 03 22 Archived from the original on 2011 10 11 Retrieved 2011 09 19 FCC Office of Engineering and Technology OET List Exhibits Report fcc gov Retrieved 2011 09 19 Compaq Airlife 100 Smartbook Specs and Review Smartbook News amp Reviews Smartbook User Community Forum Smartbooktalk com Retrieved 2011 09 19 Archived copy Archived from the original on 2010 04 27 Retrieved 2010 04 26 CS1 maint archived copy as title link Toshiba Europe GmbH Content Press Eu press toshiba eu Retrieved 2011 09 19 http eu computers toshiba europe com innovation generic b2c toshiba ac100 Buy Toshiba AC100 smartbooks 293 pounds Smartbook News amp Reviews Smartbook User Community Forum Smartbooktalk com Retrieved 2011 09 19 AC100 Gets Froyo The Smartbook Lives Video Carrypad carrypad com Retrieved 14 January 2017 Efika MX Smartbook On Sale News release Genesi August 27 2010 Retrieved June 6 2011 Darren Murph September 5 2010 Efika MX Smartbook now on sale for an exceedingly unattractive price Engadget com blog Retrieved June 6 2011 Efika MX Smartbook official web site Genesi USA Retrieved June 6 2011 Foxconn Developing Inexpensive Arm based Smartbooks pcworld com Retrieved 14 January 2017 Quanta Unveils Android Smartbook running Snapdragon Netbooknews Netbooks Netbook Reviews Smartbooks and more Netbooknews 2009 11 24 Retrieved 2011 09 19 Photos The Android smartbook fired up by Qualcomm s Snapdragon Mobile silicon com Retrieved 2011 09 19 Google s Chrome Smartbooks Have Already Lost to Apple s MacBook Air techhive com Retrieved 14 January 2017 External links EditARM Community Blogs on Smart Mobile DevicesNews stories Edit Smartbook tablet design runs Linux Android Archived from the original on 2013 01 28 Smartbook Playing Field Wide Open for Linux Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Smartbook amp oldid 1053482813, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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