Freescale shows off ’smartbooks’

Company unveils designs at recent Computex Taipei 2009.

Freescale Semiconductor unveiled prototypes of a new portable computer format which calls a “smartbook” ,at the Computex show in Taiwan last month. Both Freescale and Qualcomm have just begun promoting the smartbook notion as a potential category of computing devices between traditional notebooks and much smaller smartphones. The smartbook unfolds and separates into several pieces to allow use of keyboard and mouse.

Freescale said: “Sporting larger screens than traditional smartphone devices, smartbooks are cloud-computing-centric and characterized by all-day battery life, instant-on functionality and persistent connectivity.” This less colorful concept smartbook is meant to suggest a possible touchscreen design.

The smartbook stands tall with a design intended for vertical displays. Glen Burchers, director of global consumer segment marketing at Freescale ,said:”The primary distinction between and the existing crop of Netbooks will be longer battery life-eight-hour battery life-slimmer form factor, and lower price point.”

This unusual design features keypads that slide out from either side of the smartbook.

Shades of Legos-smartbooks could also be built in a modular fashion. Under the hood, the devices are expected feature 3G connectivity and to run either the Linux operating system or Google’s Android.

This smartbook prototype features a “leather-based” casing.

This news is from China electronics manufacturer.

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